Dear Coyote Families,
I am excited each and every year to welcome our students and families to Buena Park High School. For many students, this will be your first time on the Buena Park High School campus. So whether you’re a freshman or part of an increasingly large number of students choosing BPHS from either within or outside our district, we hope you feel the welcoming spirit that is found here, and have already chosen one or more of our many wonderful programs to participate in.
While you may have once been Broncos, Stallions, Knights, or Panthers, or recently called another school home, once you get here you transform into a Coyote and join our Pack! When you join our Pack, you take on our Pack’s high expectations. When you join our Pack, you choose to operate at a higher level than other high school students. Because when you join our Pack, you know that as a Pack we RISE UP together, and after four years, when you you leave the Pack, you graduate a better student, citizen, and young adult, ready to not only tackle higher education and a career, but excel in all facets of life! For we are a Pack, and we develop the core values of Respect, Integrity, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do, so we can RISE UP to meet all challenges...and you will be challenged while here at BP!
Our high expectations start with the bottom line of: Everyone, in-class, on-time, every period, every day! It continues with the expectation that students learn true engagement, free from the outside distractions that are present due to constant connectivity through devices. We want students to learn how to #Unplug while in class, by removing their devices from their immediate vicinity, so they can Connect and Engage with their peers, with their instructor, and with the curriculum. Overall, we expect each and every student to find their connection to BPHS through the multitude of programs offered at the school.
One of the attributes that makes BPHS a Destination School for All students are the award winning and high caliber programs that foster unique learning opportunities and develop well rounded students. As a Coyote you will Experience Innovation in Education. Buena Park High School continues to offer a complete Honors/AP and college prep program that has a history of providing students with the necessary foundation to attend our nation’s finest educational institutions. We have recent graduates currently studying at: multiple Ivy League schools to include Princeton, Brown, and Columbia, Private Universities around the country to include Stanford, USC, Northwestern University, and The Claremont Colleges, not to mention hundreds of students at every UC and CSU in the state of California. We boast National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Questbridge Scholars, in addition to many more incredible accomplishments from our entire Coyote Family. The multitude of amazing specialized academic programs make BPHS a “Destination High School” for all students.
BP (EARLY COLLEGE) ACADEMY: in partnership with local colleges, BPHS students are able to enroll as college students, in college classes, and receive college support embedded during their regular school day, earning both UC-/CSU-transferable college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements. This unique, innovative design provides high school students with structured, daily support while beginning their college journey, without having to take and pass AP tests. Students have the ability to complete their college general education requirements while in high school!
AP CAPSTONE DIPLOMA: an innovative and prestigious diploma program that includes (2) unique 1-year courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. The program allows students to immerse themselves in topics that personally matter to them while developing the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that colleges seek in the applicants.
CAVPA: (Coyote Academy of Visual and Performing Arts): Fine and Performing Arts pathways that includes all five branches of the arts: Band & Orchestra, Vocal Music, Digital/Media Arts, Dance, Theater, and 2-D/3D fine art. In addition, CAVPA offers multiple AP courses in the fine arts and has achieved a 99% AP pass rate over the past 7 years!
AGRICULTURE SCIENCE ACADEMY: BPHS is home to the #1 High School Agriculture Program in the Western USA, featuring a complete four-year science pathway capped by two-early college options: Veterinary Science and Horticulture.
AFJROTC: BP AFJROTC has earned Distinguished Unit honors every year for the past decade, highlighted by its leadership development and community service focuses. It also boasts two Nationally Ranked Stellarxplorers academic teams.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION: With both an academic and skills-based focus, BPHS offers eight different CTE pathways: Ag Science, Culinary Art & Hospitality, Video Production, Visual Communications, AP Computer Science, Automotive Technology, Advanced Robotics & Automated Manufacturing (ARM), and Sports Medicine. Each of these pathways offer unique aspects that greatly contribute towards building a well-rounded education foundation.
In addition to the programs mentioned above, Buena Park High School also offers a wide variety of extra and co-curricular programs, led by the largest program on campus, its Athletic Department. With approximately 30% of the student body participating in one or more sports, the recent resurgence in the Athletic accomplishments by our athletes and coaches is a testament to their hard work and dedication to growth and improvement. In just the last few years our playoff bound teams have achieved: a CIF Championship in Girls Water Polo (2019), a CIF Final runner-up in Girls Basketball (2023) and Boys Water Polo (2018), and CIF berths the past couple seasons in: Boys Football, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Boys & Girls Water polo, Boys & Girls Wrestling, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis, and Boys & Girls Basketball. That represents well over half of our athletic programs qualifying for CIF play! But most importantly, a year ago we added two important ingredients which have helped this latest surge in athletic success. First, a dedicated strength, conditioning, and agility program through our partnership with House of Power. Every athlete has dedicated time and workouts throughout the year, including summer, to enhance their physical growth and development. Second, we raised the expectation level of all our athletes in the classroom. BPHS athletes are expected to maintain As and Bs in all classes, and are provided study hall hours should any of their grades drop at any point during the year. This has led to our athletes now maintaining an average GPA of 3.1 across all programs!. The result is more athletes eligible and projected to continue their athletic journey into college and beyond. We maintain the belief that it is crucial that all students become involved in some type of school activity/team. It provides students with the necessary feeling of belonging and helps to develop their self-confidence and life skills.
As partners in the educational process, parents and guardians provide the crucial encouragement, monitoring, and support to our children that are vital to their success. Every BPHS student is enrolled to not only gain his or her four-year diploma, but to proceed on to a 2- to 4-year post high school education (8 Year Educational/Career Plan). We appreciate you and your support, as your role cannot be underestimated nor duplicated by any institution. I have an unwavering belief in the greatness of Buena Park High School, and in each and every one of our students and staff. I want to thank you in advance for your support. Welcome again to the 2023-2024 school year.
R.I.S.E. UP COYOTES!
Sonje Berg, Ed.D.PrincipalBuena Park High SchoolR.I.S.E UP COYOTES!Respect ~ Integrity ~ Service ~ ExcellenceSonje Berg Ed.D.