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About This School

Berkeley High School is a public high school in Berkeley. The principal of Berkeley High School is Pasquale Scuderi, whose e-mail is pasquale_scuderi@berkeley.k12.ca.us. 3,349 students attend Berkeley High School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Berkeley High School students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 3,349 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Berkeley High School is 17:1. Maybeck High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 26%
Hispanic 19% 17%
Unspecified 17% 19%
Multiracial 14% %
Filipino 0.6% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 9479%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 39%
Limited English proficiency 7% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I've heard great things about this school! I know someone who used to teach here and has spoken highly of the small school movement.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hello Do anyone knows how is the rating for Berkeley International High School by itself? I have tried to look for an opinion on that apart from BHS but seems that ratings and opinions goes always under BHS name all together. Many thanks Rafael

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is a junior in Academic Choice. I have found the teaching staff and curriculum to be highly inconsistent. She has had poor instruction for math her first two years and teacher after teacher after teacher for Spanish. They all quit. I wanted to love it. I needed to love it. But all in all it's an urban school with urban problems and it's too large to care about any student most especially one that's struggling. At 4400 students how can they possibly manage? New principal might be nice but the kids just don't get what they need. Period.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is October 2010 we have a fantastic new principal with a wide base of support after an extremely controversial one and a district admin that wants to clean up the problems and keep supporting the greatness. Lots of evaluation will be done this year due to accreditation cycle. What an exciting time to be part of this great big diverse interesting place in a community that supports schools with its pocketbook (no thanks to Arnold S.) Last principal failed to do adequate evals of teachers so accomplishing that is a new priority. Things are looking up.

  • (4 years ago)

    The diversity of students and teachers and class offerings is wonderful. The teachers care about their students. Despite the challenges of a huge student population this was a great learning environment -- academically and socially -- for my children.

  • (4 years ago)

    Berkeley High has departments courses and teachers that rival any school in the nation!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has the best students in the nation and we in Berkeley are committed to ensuring that everyone graduates.

  • (4 years ago)

    A great school with wonderful kids smart teachers and caring administrators.

  • (4 years ago)

    multi-culti as heck and the small schools (schools with the school) are amazing

  • (4 years ago)

    Berkeley High has so much variety diversity and excellence in teaching it can meet each child and provide them with a great school experience

  • (4 years ago)

    It was the first public high school in the United States to have fully integrated classes. Duke Ellington and his band came to celebrate this with us!

  • (4 years ago)

    Students in the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High impress me daily with their creativity compassion and community spirit.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has so many different nationalities together studying peacefully.

  • (4 years ago)

    the teachers really care and make an effort to get the students the education they need...and do it outside the box in many cases

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a great school with diversity! We have small schools in this big high school. Girls Soccer Football and Badminton teams are very competitive and bring lots of joy to school. Spirit Days bring fantastic events at Berkeley High!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    we're such a diverse school always accepting anyone who's different doesn't matter what color or race or anything. the classes can be mind-blowing but because we have about 3000 kids at our school we need all the financial we can get.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great diversity of programs and activities. Strong academic options solid athletic options great performing and visual arts programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    Love this school I went there for 4 years and it prepared me well for college. I feel that the English program needs work though.

  • (5 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school because it prepares me for college in they way of self-motivation and academics.

  • (5 years ago)

    Berkeley High School can be good or bad. Some of the programs are better than others but if you are in one of the better ones it can be great. However if you are in one of the not so great programs then don't expect to get much learning done. Most of the teachers are wonderful with a few exceptions. Some of the classes are extremely noisy but not all of them. There seems to be not nearly as much 'bullying' here compared with other schools.

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