School Details

Berkeley High School

1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6120
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3205 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Berkeley Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Berkeley High School is a public high school in Berkeley. The principal of Berkeley High School is Pasquale Scuderi and can be contacted at pasqualescuderi@berkeley.net. 3,205 children attend Berkeley High School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Berkeley High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 32% of the 3,205 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Berkeley High School is 17:1. Aspire California College Preparatory Academy 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 38% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 26%
Hispanic 21% 17%
Multiracial 10% %
Filipino 0.7% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.4% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 39%
Limited English proficiency 6% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Berkeley High is amazing in so many ways. Students are able to find such interesting classes afro-hatien dance video production computer programming forensic science. My kids (a junior and a sophomore in AC) have had an amazing experience overall. The principal is very engaging with the students and very communicative with parents. The staff counselors and volunteers are very helpful. Many of the teachers are excellent. The down sides are that it's an enormous school so you really need to watch your kids on powerschool and communicate with them about typical high school problems (drugs feeling lonely trying to fit in and so on...). If you advocate for your child they will come out of Berkeley High being independent and worldly.

  • (1 year ago)

    BHS is diverse; racially economically immigrant and intern'l (children of foreign scholars expats) whose mastery of English is developing. This nuance is not reflected in the test scores but it is one of the things that make the school and community rich and amazing. The extensive offerings of AP honors classes ensures that the smart kids that test well of all backgrounds will be engaged and challenged. The sports arts and language programs are beyond belief in the many opportunities from beginner to advanced levels. Each year 100s of college admissions counselors from all over the US and foreign arrive to meet with and recruit BHS students. Our student has attended both private and public schools and I can say that BHS offers a world-class private school education for free. The extra taxes that Berkeley homeowners pay ensures class size reduction full-time librarians field trips and more. It's very easy to get involved at the school as a volunteer so you can see for yourself. It's a large school and at first very confusing to sort it all out but after 2 yrs I can say that we're thrilled with the academic and citizen of the world experience our student is receiving.

  • (1 year ago)

    BHS has many students from outside the district who are there without permission and contributing to overcrowding. They do help raise test scores so...there you go. They are mostly in IB and AC. The school has many good committed teachers and are terrific examples of their profession. The principal is an excellent communicator and seems to really care about the well-being of the school community and stakeholders.

  • (1 year ago)

    My granddaughter is a freshman . I am a retired teacher (from another school district) and really impressed with the leadership the extensive programs offered by Berkeley High school and the amount of parent and volunteer participation. I just attended Back to school night and the quality of the curriculum and the teacher koowledge and organization of the curriculum was outstanding.

  • (2 years 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.

  • (3 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

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (5 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.

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 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

  • (5 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!

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has so many different nationalities together studying peacefully.

  • (5 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!!!

  • (5 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

  • (5 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.

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