The Berkeley School

  • At The Berkeley School, preschool through 8th grade students actively learn what it means to be a member of their school community, their local community, and the global community. Filtered through the lens of civic engagement, the TBS approach to teaching connects academic rigor with social and emotional development.
  • Our responsive curriculum focuses on current events and incorporates key conflict-resolution opportunities, empathy development practices, and student-led community campaigns, all of which reinforce our core belief: what matters in education is what matters in life.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1964
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer a summer session at our Preschool campus only.

Student Body

Total Students296 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
38%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeThe Berkeley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition is grade specific and ranges from $17,990 to $26,230 depending on program level.
% on Financial Aid
27%
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,000
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPaula Farmer
Admissions AssociateMaple Molina (Preschool Only)

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Ashoka Kids, Student Government Association (1st-8th), We Day

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama (middle school), Studio Art

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Extended Care Program, Ultimate Frisbee Clu

School Notes

  • Civic Engagement
  • Project-based learning beginning at the preschool
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Field Trips to promote experiential learning along with the academic curriculum on all levels
  • Montessori Plus approach to pedagogy at the preschool
  • Lucy Calkins Readers and Writers Workshop
  • Bridges Math K-5; Connected Math + Algebra in Middle School
  • Capstone Spanish and Science immersion trip to Costa Rica for all 8th graders

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  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 101 students
    1.8 miles
    2722 Benvenue Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510)549-0605
    1.8 K-8
    101
  • Berkeley
    Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: NS-8 | 535 students
    1.1 miles
    1009 Heinz Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    (510)809-0615
    1.1 NS-8
    535
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 328 students
    0.6 miles
    2027 7th Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    (510)845-0876
    0.6 K-8
    328
  • Berkeley
    Grades: NS-6 | 82 students
    0.8 miles
    2446 Mckinley Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510)841-7248
    0.8 NS-6
    82
  • Alameda
    Grades: PK-8 | 56 students
    6.8 miles
    1400 6th Street
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510)521-0595
    6.8 PK-8
    56

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