Bear River is a small, comprehensive 4-year high school that serves approximately 725 students in grades 9-12. Built in 1986, it was designed to serve the residents of southern Nevada County, in its rural setting. Bear River High School was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2001 and 2009. During the last five years, the school has become a model program for Professional Learning Communities implementing teacher collaboration, pyramids of intervention, and common assessments. This year, Bear River successfully passed our mid six year WASC accreditation review.
The mission of Bear River High School is to provide a positive learning environment, a variety of opportunities to develop a solid educational background, and the tools to enable students to become productive and adaptable members of an evolving society.

Our vision is one that encompasses students, staff, parents, and community working together to encourage responsibility, integrity, and an enthusiasm for learning. Additionally, our vision includes providing a variety of high quality educational opportunities by creating a dynamic school that continuously challenges all students and prepares them for the future.

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