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Superintendent’s Message

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A portrait of Carl Coles

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, I had the privilege of presenting Bonita Unified’s State of the District to a wide variety of individuals including District students, parents, staff, and governing Board members as well as civic leaders and local business owners from both the City of La Verne and the City of San Dimas. A few highlights from the District’s presentation include:

– Thirteen (13) award winning schools that support 10,118 students

  • Nine (9) Distinguished Schools
  • Two (2) Nationally ranked comprehensive high schools and one Model continuation high school
  • Six (6) California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award Winners
  • One (1) National Blue Ribbon School
  • Four (4) California Gold Ribbon Schools

  • Almost 68% of BUSD students met or exceeded the standards for English Language Arts and nearly 55% of our students met or exceeded standards on the state mathematics test. Bonita USD exceeded the state and county averages by 20 percent.
  • Eighty-one percent (81%) of third graders are reading at grade level
  • Graduation rate of 96.4% (Bonita USD exceeded the state average by 12%)

– High school student-athletes earned an average GPA of 3.44

  • Bonita High School
    • Three (3) League Titles in 2016-17
    • Two (2) League Titles in 2017-18
    • Eight (8) CIF Appearances
  • San Dimas High School
  • Six (6) League titles in 2016-17
  • Three (3) League Titles in 2017-18
  • Twelve (12) CIF Appearances
  • One (1) CIF Champion in Girls Wrestling


  • National, regional, and state-level recognitions of excellence received by our high school bands and choirs
  • BUSD choirs performed at extraordinarily prestigious music venues including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York


  • Eleven hundred (1,100) dedicated employees support over 10,000 students
  • All employees play a very important role in the teaching and learning processes

Career Technical Education –
Trades and opportunities that extend to the work place for BUSD students

  • Vocational Education
  • Community programs and internships
  • Workability Program
  • Work experience and work permits

– Bonita USD Bond Measure AB

  • Opened the new Ramona Middle School Gymnasium November 1, 2017
  • New Lone Hill Middle School Gymnasium scheduled to open April 11, 2018
  • Completion of renovation to the District Administration Building expected to be completed the summer of 2019


The significant accomplishments of Bonita Unified students are made possible through the diligent work of our certificated, classified, confidential and administrative teams, along with tremendously supportive parents and governing Board members. I am extremely pleased and proud of what has already been accomplished, and I look forward to what will be accomplished over the next year.



Carl Coles
Interim Superintendent
Bonita Unified School District