Of great importance to families and companies considering a community is the quality of its educational system. According to recent statistics, the Bear Valley Unified School District has been outstanding. For instance, 55.4% of the students in the Class of 2000 had completed the coursework required for entrance into the University of California and California State University Systems. This was not only the highest among major areas of San Bernardino County, it was 15% above the second place Rim of the World District (39.7%) and far above the California average (34.8%). Further, under Stanford-9 procedures where California students in grades 2 – 11 are tested in a variety of skills, in 2000 Big Bear area’s students ranked 1st in reading and math, 7th in spelling and 10th in language, compared to 16 major San Bernardino County districts with elementary schools.
The district’s schools include three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one continuation school. The K-12 instructional program promotes student success in language, arts, math, science and history, and offers a comprehensive extra-curricular program. Enrichment and remedial programs provide a wide range of studies to meet individual student needs, and an Independent Study program is available. Other programs offered by the District include Healthy Start, Support for English Learners, Community Based English Tutoring for Adults, Rainbow Kids Club (an academic before-and-after school child care program), State Pre-School, Head Start, and the Steven G. Mihaylo Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for higher learning to local high school graduates.
Higher and continued education is also important to every community. The San Bernardino Community College District offers courses in Big Bear with the opportunity to obtain an Associates degree in two years through the courses offered locally. Also, within a short distance from Big Bear are 21 public and private colleges.
School Acountability Report Cards (scroll down to pdf list)