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Welcome to Bakersfield!

Nestled in California’s Southern Central Valley, Bakersfield offers an affordable, modern lifestyle. Recreational, dining, and entertainment opportunities abound in Bakersfield. Combined with its temperate spring, fall, and winter weather, Bakersfield offers the best of big city living with a small town feel.
  • Population: 383,512
  • Distance from:
  • Los Angeles • 103 miles
  • San Diego • 234 miles
  • San Francisco • 274 miles
  • Did you know?
  • ► Bakersfield is the hometown of country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
  • ► In 2015 Guy Fieri showcased eight Bakersfield restaurants on his show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Why Choose BCSD?

► Teacher salaries are based on higher education achievement, years of service and specialized positions

► Year for year salary credit

► Extensive professional development offerings to support teachers in the process of continuous growth

►  Numerous paid extra curricular opportunities

► A comprehensive health benefits package including dental, life, and support systems for mental and                                             physical wellness
► Latest technology in our classrooms
► Fantastic classroom resources and programs

► Induction program for both general education and special education teachers: Earn your credential during                                  the school year

► Mentors assigned to all new teachers


Our Story

Established in 1867, what is now the Bakersfield City School District was known as the Kern River Island School District. During its first year of operation, Average Daily Attendance (ADA) in the Kern River Island District was seventeen students. The name of the school district was shortened to Kern Island School District in 1868 and it retained that name until 1882 when it became the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD).

By 1900, BCSD educated 566 students at three schools. Flash forward 120 years, and the Bakersfield City School District is the largest K-8 school in California, serving more than 30,000 students at 44 school sites.

Our vision in the Bakersfield City School District is to be the model of educational excellence, equity and innovation. With a staff of more than 4,000 we work daily to achieve our mission, to educate all students at the highest levels of academic excellence to become collaborative, creative, and critical thinkers.

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