A Price to Remember

Bell’s Prom Price towers over others with a $145 ticket

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A Price to Remember

The Santa Anita Race Track was the site of Bell High's 2019 prom.

The Santa Anita Race Track was the site of Bell High's 2019 prom.

The Santa Anita Race Track was the site of Bell High's 2019 prom.

The Santa Anita Race Track was the site of Bell High's 2019 prom.

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The expense of Prom tickets at Bell High School is higher than the ticket prices paid at other local schools. (See graph below.)

Mrs. Corral, Assistant Principal, explains that prom prices are set depending on the cost of the venue and that the budget ensures “students are fed, DJ is covered…and everything else,” including the event group and cartoonists.  However, there does not seem to be anything different that Bell is providing for Prom that other high schools are not.

Leadership advisor and teacher, Mr. Moreno explains that “If we didn’t have dinner, prices would go down.”

Moreover, tickets prices are high because prom is a “profit generating event,” and “generates the funds mostly for graduation,” since the “district doesn’t pay for [graduation],” says Moreno.

However, the majority of students from Bell come from working class to poor families, so prom is a splurge, inaccessible to many.

“I think having to pay $145 for a prom ticket is highly expensive and it keeps many from having that prom experience due to the many families being low income and not being able to afford it,” says Areli Floriano, a senior in Global.

Ashley Guzman, a senior in Magnet says “I think it’s expensive but since everyone says it’s prom, we all end up paying for it,” even when Bell’s ticket price is higher than other school’s prices.

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