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College Doors 2018

College Doors - 2017

College Doors - 2016

College Doors 2015

College Door Decoration 2014

AVID at Bell Gardens High School

Congratulations AVID Class of 2019!

Scholarships and Contests


06/14 Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

06/15 AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarship

06/19 Big Sun Scholarship

06/30 Unigo Do-Over Scholarship



08/31 Unigo Make Me Laugh Scholarship

09/18 Gates Scholarship

02/05 RMHC Scholars/Hacer Scholarship Program

02/13 We the Students Bill of Rights Institute

02/14 Bill of Rights Institute

02/20 LivemásTaco Bell Foundation

02/28 MUSD Elem/Intermediate School Scholarship

02/28 TeenDrive 365 Video Challenge

02/28 Lions Club of Montebello(see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

02/28 Tzu Chi Foundation

02/28 The Dream.Us National Scholarship

02/28 One for Two Educational Foundation

03/01 Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship

03/01 Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship

03/02 CORE Que Llueva Scholarship

03/08 Montebello PTA Scholarship

03/10 Bicycle Casino Community Foundation Scholarship

03/15 Scholarships for Scholars of Montebello

03/15 Friends of MUSD Foundation

03/28 Work Ethic Trade School Scholarship

03/29 Thomas J. Donfrio Ed. Foundation (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

03/30 Foster Care to Success Scholarship

04/01 HENAAC Scholars Program

04/01 Eleanor Barry Memorial Scholarship

04/11 Henke Family Trust Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/12 Aureo and Juanita Salas Memorial Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center)   

04/15 The Steps for Change Scholarship 

04/15 Diabetes Scholars

04/15 Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Scholarship 

04/15 College JumpStart Scholarship

04/18 City of Commerce Scholarship Program

04/21 The Shops at Montebello (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/22 2019 Student-View Scholarship Program 

04/26 SCAG Scholarship Program

04/29 Shelly Spiegel-Coleman Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/29 Daniel Herrera Memorial Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/29 BGHS Foundation Athletic Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/30 BGHS PTSA Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/30 MUSD Elem/Intermediate School Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

04/30 Beauty School Scholarship

04/30 A Voice for Animals Essay Contest

04/30 Unigo All About Education Essay Contest

04/30 Western Union Foundation

05/01 California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship

05/08 Ross Automotive Group Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

05/15 Pledge Your #Collegiance

05/24 B. Davis Scholarship

05/31 Jeff Sein Kwan Yang Memorial Scholarhsip (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

05/31 AAEDE Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

05/31 Comedy Defense Driving

05/31 Jeff Sein Kwan Yang Memorial Scholarship (see Ms. Brendzal's page or College Center) 

Cal State Apply - Overview


Cal State Apply -EOP Application


Completing the UC Application


Navigating the UC Application


Common Application - Tutorial


Calculating the UC GPA

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Calculate your UC-CSU GPA

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How to Apply to the CSU

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Congratulations to BGHS for winning the CSBA Golden Bell Award!

CSBA 2013

Awarded by the California School Board Association (CSBA) to Bell Gardens High School for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Bell Gardens High School recognized the need for a systematic approach to assist students in becoming college ready. Over the last 15 years, the school has created a college readiness environment using the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System.


Hector Chacon, Board President; Susanna Contreras Smith, Superintendent; Gerri Guzman, Board Vice President; Cleve Pell, Superintendent; Aida Hinojosa, Director; Juan Herrera, Principal; Elizabeth Lowe, Coordinator

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SIR Day 2013

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Watch A CLASS DIVIDED Online at

Student Paths


Go to:


1.       Answer all questions that have an asterisk (*).

2.       If you are NOT interested in learning more about the post-high school options, you MUST check the box that states: 

           I am not interested in learning more about any of the above sponsors.

3.       You will receive credit when your COMPLETED SURVEY is received AND your name appears on the next report (Fri, Feb. 22).

Boys in Peril - A Documentary by Graham Streeter

Please visit for more information about this amazing film

shot at Bell Gardens High School in the Spring and Summer of 2012.

Click here for the trailer.

AVID Team with Graham Streeter


College Door

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Bell Gardens High School

  A National Demonstration School

"As of May 2011, for the 2010-2011 school year, 
out of approximately 4,500 schools throughout the USA, 
there are 118 National Demonstration Schools."

Advancement Via Individual Determination
This site is designed to provide information to all students to ensure a successful path 
from high school to college. 

If you have additional questions about coursework or college entrance requirements, 
please see your counselor.
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Completing the UC Application

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Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Scholarship Bulletins

College Counselor

Ms. Brendzal's College Site - links to local scholarships, testing websites, financial aid applications, and college information

College Essay - Helpful Links

Here are some resources to guide you in writing your college essay.


How to Answer the UCs PIQs (short video on UC website)

UC PIQ Guide (handout from class)

UC PIQ Writing Tips (UC website)

PIQ Essay Samples (website)

PIQ Essay Samples (PDF - same as website above)

UC PIQs Examples (90 minute video)

College Essay Guy's Free Course to Writing the College Essay

Let Me Introduce Myself (First lines from Stanford’s application essays)

BGHS AVID Cardboard Confessions

Graduate Silhouette