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

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

Student Body

Total Students
330 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Black Pine Circle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 17
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
K-5: $26,200; 6-8: $29,850
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Greta B. Wong
Admissions Associate
Liz Pulido


Total Sports Offered
3 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 

School Reviews

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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The average private school tuition in Berkeley, CA is $21,388 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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