Black Pine Circle School

For 50 years, Black Pine Circle School has created lifelong learners through an inquiry-based education that places an equal emphasis on academics and the arts.
Educationally, it is our goal to help create intellectually vibrant students who never lose their passion for learning.
Socially, it is our goal to instill respect, compassion, and empathy among our students. Our caring and engaged teachers are dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment where the focus is on inspiring and nurturing curiosity, community, inquiry, and voice in our students.
We believe in partnering with families as we get to know your child.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 318 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,433
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 18
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Black Pine Circle School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1973

Student Body

Total Students
318 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
51%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Black Pine Circle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
49 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
21 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 18
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
K-5: $32,700; 6-8: $37,900
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Greta B. Wong
Admissions Associate
Lydia Chow

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Advanced Math Team, Cartooning Club, Chess Club, Chickens & Garden Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Dungeons & Dragons Club, Homework help / Study buddy club, Jr. Coding Club, Learn Mandarin through Play, Learn Spanish through Play, Lower School Engineering Club, Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc), Minecraft Club, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics Club, Self-Defense Club, Textiles Club, Watercolors Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Orchestra

School Notes

  • Our curriculum equally emphasizes science, math, and the arts. We actively engage our students in all aspects of culture and the arts, including music, art, drama, and foreign language. Here are some of our program highlights: * Inquiry-based instruction, emphasizing critical thinking and questioning * Enthusiastic, creative, and knowledgeable teachers * Small classes * K-8 classroom music and instrumental program (K-5 strings, orchestra, band, vocal ensembles) * Nationally recognized for math achievement * Hands-on science and gardening program * K-8 visual arts * K-8 technology integration * K-8 Spanish * 6-8 Mandarin * Renowned drama program and weekly student assemblies * Outdoor and environmental education program * Community service program * K-8 cross-grade activities * Student support team (pyschologist, counselor, and learning specialist) * Library
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Black Pine Circle School cost?
Black Pine Circle School's tuition is approximately $34,433 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Black Pine Circle School?
The acceptance rate of Black Pine Circle School is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Black Pine Circle School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Black Pine Circle School offer?
Black Pine Circle School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.
What is Black Pine Circle School's ranking?
Black Pine Circle School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Black Pine Circle School?
The application deadline for Black Pine Circle School is Jan. 18.
In what neighborhood is Black Pine Circle School located?
Black Pine Circle School is located in the Southwest Berkeley neighborhood of Berkeley, CA. There are 5 other private schools located in Southwest Berkeley.

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We are beyond thrilled to be at BPC Our children are absolutely thriving in an academically rich, engaging environment. There are a ton of programs, arts integration and the feeling here is all around, rock solid.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 318 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,433
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 18
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Berkeley, CA is $27,225 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Berkeley, CA is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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