Bakersfield Christian High School
|Bakersfield Christian High School|
|12775 Stockdale Highway
corner of Stockdale Hwy. and Allen Road
|Motto||"Honoring God ... Helping Students Soar!"|
|Campus size||47 acres (190,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue, Gold, White|
Bakersfield Christian High School (BCHS) is a nondenominational, college-preparatory school. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International.
In 1979, Omega High School was founded and run by a local church, teaching students from kindergarten to 12th grade. In 1986, the church and Omega High separated, leaving the school to operate independently, after which it became Community Christian High School. Ten years later, the school renamed itself Bakersfield Christian High School, to reflect its status as the only nondenominational Christian high school in Bakersfield.
BCHS is located on a 47-acre campus on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Allen Road, in the growing west side of Bakersfield. The facilities feature highlights such as the Library/ Media Center and the Sports Center which houses one of the largest high school gymnasiums in Kern County. BCHS is in the midst of expansion through its 2020 Vision Capital Campaign which includes adding a Student Center and Fine Arts Building as well as remodeling the science labs. The 2020 Vision is slated to be completed before the start of 2016-17 school year.
- John Buetow, President
BCHS offers two paths to a diploma: college preparatory and the scholars program.
College preparatory diploma
241 credits are required for graduation. Each class earns 5 credits each semester. Community service earns 1 credit for 40 or more hours of service.
Scholars program diploma
Full-time, on campus students, who attend for 4 years, qualify for the Scholars Program by completing a required minimum of 6 advanced courses (effective class of 2012): 2 from the sophomore year and 4 from the junior/senior years.
The school offers AP courses which cover the breadth of information, skills and assignments found in corresponding college courses. Each AP course has an exam that participating schools administer in May and represents the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting.
The Eagles won nine league titles, six section championships (boys’ tennis, football, girls’ golf, girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis, volleyball) and sent three teams to the state playoffs in their respective sports.
The football team was named Southern California Champions and was runner-up in the final state championship game. The volleyball team advanced to the quarter final match of the state championship run and the girls soccer team lost in the semi-final round of the Southern California Championships.
2006 volleyball state champions
In 2006, the BCHS women's varsity volleyball team won the Division V state championship against the Castilleja High School Gators. It was the first state championship of any kind for BCHS.
Back-to-back division V football champions
In 2007, the BCHS varsity football team won the CIF Central Section Division V title against the previously undefeated Fowler High School Redcats in Fowler, CA. They won in overtime, 35–34. The following year they won the CIF Central Section Division V football championship as the number two seed, this time beating the previously undefeated Corcoran High School Panthers 49–27 in Corcoran, CA.
Clubs and organizations
BCHS offers numerous clubs for students to join, and each meets about once a week during lunch or after school.