Black Pine Circle School

  • For 46 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.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1973

Student Body

Total Students330 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Black Pine Circle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers77 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,925
Tuition NotesK-5: $26,200; 6-8: $29,850
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorGreta B. Wong
Admissions AssociateLiz Pulido


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art club, Chess club, Cooking club, Game club, Homework help / Study buddy club, Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc), Math club, Origami club, Science club, Student council / government, Technology club, Woodshop, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced Orchestra, Band, Choir

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 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 105 students
    2.3 miles
    2722 Benvenue Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510) 549-0605
    2.3 K-8
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-5 | 108 students
    1.2 miles
    1809 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 883-6990
    1.2 K-5
  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-8 | 296 students
    0.6 miles
    1310 University Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    (510) 665-8800
    0.6 PK-8
  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-8 | 50 students
    1.9 miles
    1850 Scenic Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 848-2322
    1.9 PK-8
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-6 | 80 students
    1.3 miles
    2446 Mckinley Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510) 841-7248
    1.3 K-6

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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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