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You Have a Choice
when considering a high school
Explore your options within the Nevada Joint Union High School District.
Please click here online registration for the 2020-2021 school year:

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Bear River High School
  • Named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2017
  • Serving 600+ students through a comprehensive breadth of opportunities in a safe, family-friendly environment
  • Academic rigor in all content areas through multiple Advanced Placement and Honors course options
  • Multiple National Championship-winning FFA/Agriculture programs
  • Wide assortment of opportunities in visual and performing arts, including award-winning bands, choirs, drama department, and video production
  • New Career Technical Education pathways in Computer Science and Digital Media Arts
  • "Bruin Time" period built into the school day for academic support and enrichment (including activities like archery, yoga, meditation, cooking, etc.)
  • Student leadership opportunities within school-based programs as well as the larger community
  • Highly qualified teachers in all subject areas, emphasizing rigorous, engaging, real-world curriculum
  • 1-to-1 Chromebooks for all students
  • Measure B school bond projects to benefit Bear River's students and community for generations to come, including a new all-weather track in the summer of 2018
  • High level of support for students with regard to academics and social-emotional well-being
  • New Wellness Center and programs tailored to support student mental health
  • Individualized counseling services for all students, including planning for high school, scholarships, financial aid, college, and careers
  • 20+ championship-caliber athletic programs including many no-cut sports as well as a campus-wide emphasis on the "Athlete Committed" philosophy
  • 20+ student-led clubs and organizations, many of which with a high level of community engagement
  • Bear River graduates admitted to the most elite universities in the world, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and MIT
  • Rich history, sense of tradition, and positive, student-centered school culture
  • Emphasis on shared Core Values: Grit, Empathy, Integrity, Intellectual and Creative Curiosity, and Community
  • For more information, visit our website at and check our our student news site, the Bear River Current at 
Nevada Union High School
  • California Distinguished School, 1996,1997, 2009 and 2013
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation through June 30, 2023
  • National Blue Ribbon School, 1998
  • 98% High School Graduation Rate
  • 80% post-secondary enrollment
  • NCLB High Qualified Teachers
  • Extracurricular activities: 35 clubs and 24 athletic teams
  • Visual and Performing Arts Department
  • Agriculture Department; Future Farmers of America
  • AP and Honors Classes
  • 20 CTE Programs
  • Green Academy
  • Partnership Academy
  • Humanities Academy
  • For more information go to Nevada Union High School's website

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Ghidotti Early College High School

Attend high school and college classes on the Sierra College Nevada County Campus. Students graduate with a high school diploma and community college degree in four to five years.
  • A small, personal, and caring learning environment
  • Free tuition and books at Sierra College
  • Preparation and support for success in college courses
  • Non-traditional high school setting
  • NCLB Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Career exploration, internships, and community projects
  • A staff committed to student success and collaboration with parents
  • High academic expectations and standards
  • Bridges the divide between high school, community college and university
  • For more information go to Ghidotti Early College High School's website

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Independent Study

North Point Academy
  • Traditional high school diploma (not continuation)
  • Complete high school curriculum
  • U.C. approved coursework
  • High qualified, credentialed teachers
  • Individualized and small group instructionStudents may take 1 or 2 classes at Nevada Union or Bear River High Schools
  • Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • Work Experience programs available
  • Formal cap and gown graduation ceremony
  • For the 9th through 12th grades
  • For more information go to North Point Academy's website
Nevada County Adult Education
  • Classes to finish your high school diploma
  • Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) with certified and licensed teachers
  • GED Preparation & On-site Testing
  • Drop-in/year round enrollment
  • Formal cap and gown graduation ceremony
  • Multiple Locations
  • For more information go to Nevada County Adult Education School's website

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Continuation High School

Silver Springs High School
  • Full day continuation high school that includes intensive services for parenting and pregnant teens
  • Complete academic programs, which mirror district and state requirements for graduation
  • Culinary class with specific career focus
  • Work Experience, ROP, and accessibility to Sierra College courses
  • Counseling services related to academic, behavioral, emotional and physical health available for all students
  • For more information go to Silver Springs High School's website

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Choosing a School in a Different Attendance Area or District

Intra-District Attendance:
If you choose to attend Bear River but you live in Nevada Union's attendance area, or you would like to attend Nevada Union but you live in Bear River's attendance area, you must complete and submit an intra-district attendance form (below).  Submit the form to the school you would like to attend within the first fifteen (15) days of the semester.

Inter-District Attendance:
If you live within the boundaries of the Nevada Joint Union High School District but choose to attend a school in a neighboring school district, you must complete an inter-district transfer form and return it to our district office.  Once approved, it will be forwarded to the school district you hope to attend and they will complete the process. 
If you live outside the boundaries of the Nevada Joint Union High School District but would like to attend one of our schools, you must complete an inter-district transfer form generated from the district you live in.  They will sign it and forward to our district office for processing.  You will be informed upon approval. 

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Photographs by David Arnold and students from the Advanced Photography Program at Nevada Union High School