The city's public schools have undergone renovations and upgrades to ensure that students have access to safe, modern, and engaging learning environments. Here are some of the recent renovation projects:
- Beverly Vista Elementary School is undergoing a $125 million renovation project led by Dougherty + Dougherty Architects and Rudolph & Sletten. The modernization of the existing campus involves the partial demolition of the Theater Building and structural strengthening of its remaining portions as well as of the auditorium and the historic Bell Tower.
Builders will erect a new two-story masonry and steel frame addition to the south and east of the auditorium and Bell Tower along with a single-story wood frame for a kindergarten classroom and support spaces on the west side.
- Beverly Hills High School will have a new Science & Technology Building with science labs, math classrooms, collaborative work areas, a 100-seat lecture hall, lobby, and multi-purpose Educational Development Center. The project is worth $29.2 million, with LPA Architects and Rudolph & Sletten in charge of design and construction.
BHUSD also prioritizes the use of technology in learning, having provided students with Chromebooks, iPads, and other gadgets in the past.
Awards and Recognitions
Faculty and Teachers
- Beverly Hills schools have received numerous awards and recognitions over the years — a testament to the caliber of the city’s schools.
- Beverly Hills High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2021 for overall academic excellence.
- Horace Mann School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. It also received the Title I Academic Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap among students.
- El Rodeo School has been named a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School with a Title I Academic Achievement Award and Title III Academic Achievement Award for exceptional academic achievement.
- Hawthorne School is a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School with a Title I Academic Achievement Award and Title III Academic Achievement Award for its commitment to academic excellence.
- Beverly Vista School is also a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. It has received the Title I Academic Achievement Award and Title III Academic Achievement Award.
According to the U.S. News & World Report, 100% of BHUSD teachers are licensed while 97.4% have at least three years of professional experience. Additionally, BHUSD has four full-time counselors on staff. Counselors support the academic, social, and emotional development of students. They provide a wide range of services, including crisis intervention and personal, academic, and career counseling.
The student-teacher ratio measures the number of students against the number of teachers in a school or district. This figure can have an impact on the quality of education that students receive. The BHUSD student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1, which is lower than the California state average.
A lower student-teacher ratio generally means that teachers are more available to work with students, offering personalized attention and instructions to meet their individual needs. This can potentially create better academic results for students.
Students from diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to the classroom, creating a richer learning experience. Student diversity can also create a more inclusive academic environment that helps broaden horizons. The Beverly Hills Unified School District has a fairly diverse student population with students of Asian, African, Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native backgrounds. BHUSD has a minority enrollment of 30% and 8.4% of the student body is made up of English language learners.
The district's student body also has excellent gender representation – 49% of students are female while 51% are male, according to data from the U.S. News & World Report.
Education Spending and Expenses
BHUSD has an annual revenue of $116,384,000 and spends about $22,514 per student each year — much higher than the national average of $13,185 per student in K-12. The district spends $11,525.3 million on instruction and $7,983.3 million on supportive services.
92.7% of its revenue comes from local sources such as real estate taxes while 5.7% and 1.6% comes from state and Federal sources, respectively.
BHUSD has an A+ grade from Niche and an overall rating of 10 out of 10 from Public School Review. Beverly Hills HS rankings are some of the highest in California. The U.S. News & World Report breaks down math and reading proficiency levels from elementary to high school:
- 64% of elementary school students have tested at or above the proficiency level for mathematics and 76% tested at or above that level for reading.
- 67% of middle school students have tested at or above the proficiency level for math and 75% tested at or above the same level for reading.
- 61% of high school students have tested at or above the proficiency level for math and 68% tested at or above proficiency for reading.
Beverly Hills High School notably ranks in the top 10% of California public schools for reading and language arts proficiency, and in the top 20% for highest math proficiency, according to data from Public School Review.
A high percentage of students go on to attend prestigious colleges and universities, such as California Polytechnic University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of Southern California, and the various campuses of the University of California system.
View the college acceptance list for the BHHS Class of 2022.