Bella Vista High School

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Bella Vista High School
Bella Vista High School logo.jpg
School logo
Fair Oaks, California
United States
Coordinates 38°39′55″N 121°15′07″W / 38.66522°N 121.25189°W / 38.66522; -121.25189Coordinates: 38°39′55″N 121°15′07″W / 38.66522°N 121.25189°W / 38.66522; -121.25189
Type Public
Established 1960
School district San Juan Unified School District
NCES School ID 05756
Principal Peggy Haskins
Grades 912
Enrollment 2007(2016-17)[1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and Black         
Mascot Broncos
Yearbook La Remuda

Bella Vista High School is a public high school in Fair Oaks, California and a member of the San Juan Unified School District. In 2003, the California Department of Education's School Recognition Program honored Bella Vista High School as a "California Distinguished School".[2] It was also the only school in Sacramento County to receive this honor in 2003.[3] In 2009, it received the same recognition again from the California Department of Education. On November 18, 2010, the school celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special presentation for all past and current students. The presentation included a guided tour of the school spotlighting where changes have been made throughout the campus since the school's foundation in 1960.

This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in Sacramento County, California, highlighting Fair Oaks in red.


Bella Vista offers ten AP courses.

A special business course called Advanced Computer Applications is available to qualified students who, once completed, will be eligible for three units of credit at Sacramento State University through the Accelerated College Entrance off-campus program. It is one of the few campuses in its district to offer Japanese. Other foreign languages include French and Spanish.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The academic decathlon team has represented Sacramento County in the California Academic Decathlon 20 out of the past 24 years. In 2008, the team took back the county title after placing third in 2007. In 2009 they won the county again but were defeated in 2010 by rival Folsom High School. In 2011, Folsom again took first place in the county competition, but in 2012 Bella Vista regained their title.[4]

The moot court team earned the first-place team award at the National High School Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C in 2003, 2005 and 2006.[5] In 2008, 2011, and 2016 they received 1st place in the county competition.

Bella Vista's Marching Band was recognized by Sacramento Magazine as one of the best marching bands in the Sacramento area in 2004[6] and 2005.[7] It has been undefeated in Northern California for seven years. Under the direction of Edward Moore, the band has accumulated hundreds of trophies and has competed out of state and even in Europe in 2006.[citation needed] They were also undefeated in their division in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, the band also went undefeated in their division, except for one judging error causing them to lose to the Del Oro marching band.

The school newspaper is known as La Bandera, while the school yearbook is called La Remuda.


Threatened school shooting[edit]

On October 24, 2014, students reporting finding an alarming threat written on the side of a bathroom stall. It read “I’m shooting up the school on October 27th, make sure to be there.” The message had a smiley face on the end. Police did not consider the message credible; however, approximately half of the school's students did not attend the next day of classes. A student of the school was taken into custody.[9]


  1. ^ "Bella Vista High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ California Department of Education (2005). California School Recognition Program. Retrieved November 20, 2005 [1]
  3. ^ California Department of Education (2005). 2003 Award Winners for Distinguished Middle and High Schools. Retrieved November 20, 2005 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  4. ^ Irish, Craig. "Bella Vista High School wins 2012 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon". Sacramento County Office of Education. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Washington College of Law, American University (2005). 2004-2005 Moot Court Honor Society National High School Competition Winners. Retrieved November 20, 2005 [2]
  6. ^ Sacramento Magazine Online (2005). 2004 Best of Sacramento. Retrieved November 20, 2005 [3]
  7. ^ Sacramento Magazine Online (2005). 2005 Best of Sacramento. Retrieved November 20, 2005 [4]
  8. ^ McCullagh, Declan (14 May 2007). "The World's Most Hated Blogger?". CNET. 
  9. ^ Saucedo, Carlos (31 October 2014). "Student arrested after Fair Oaks threat: 'I'm shooting up the school'". KXTV. Gannett Company. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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