For nearly 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.

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Top Rankings

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


School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students
326 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Black Pine Circle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 16
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
K-5: $30,900; 6-8: $35,770
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Greta B. Wong
Admissions Associate
Lydia Chow


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
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 
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Black Pine Circle School cost?

Black Pine Circle School's tuition is approximately $32,523 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, Flag Football, Soccer 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. 16.

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The average private school tuition in Berkeley, CA is $25,010 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Berkeley, CA is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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