The Berkeley School

  • Berkeley Montessori School is an independent school serving children ages 3 to 14, located on two beautiful campuses in Berkeley, CA. BMS is not a place where students just "do" school.
  • BMS is a welcoming place where students, parents, and teachers are engaged in meaningful learning.
  • Students develop the skills and knowledge they need within assignments and projects that encourage inquiry, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, ethics, and habits of mind and heart with connections to the wider world---all within a respectful, culturally responsive community.
  • BMS is a place where teachers are supported to continue their own learning so that they integrate the best available knowledge into their practice.
  • BMS is a place where parents are supported in their parenting through ongoing workshops, parenting circles, and many opportunities for participation.
  • BMS is a place that transforms education to meet the needs of our students for their future.
  • At BMS, we strive to ignite curious minds, awaken generous hearts, and engage in a changing world.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1964

Student Body

Total Students289 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
68%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeThe Berkeley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size23 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Tuition NotesTuition is grade specific and ranges from $16,650 to $19,500 depending on program level.
% on Financial Aid
27%
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPaula Farmer

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Eco Club, Garage Band (Middle School) Eco Club, Garage Band (Middle School),

School Notes

  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Field Trips to promote experiential learning along with the academic curriculum on all levels
  • Montessori Plus approach to pedagogy
  • Lucy Calkins Readers and Writers Workshop
  • Terc Math K-5; Connected Math + Algebra in Middle School
  • Peaceful Playground
  • Profile last updated: 05/06/2016

Show me:
People Also ViewedPeople Also Viewed Nearby SchoolsNearby Schools
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 88 students
    1.8 miles
    2722 Benvenue Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510)549-0605
    1.8K-8
    88
  • 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
    1.1NS-8
    535
  • Oakland
    Grades: PK-8 | 197 students
    6.6 miles
    2101 Livingston St
    Oakland, CA 94606
    (510)436-4466
    6.6PK-8
    197
  • Alameda
    Grades: NS | 21 students
    9.4 miles
    3171 Mecartney Rd
    Alameda, CA 94502
    (510)523-4080
    9.4NS
    21
  • Alameda
    Grades: PK-8 | 27 students
    6.8 miles
    1400 6th Street
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510)521-0595
    6.8PK-8
    27

School Reviews

Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
October 18, 2017
The Seattle area is home to many fine private schools as well as to major companies such as Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks.
September 30, 2017
Scandals in private school are bound to raise questions for those of us thinking about sending our children to private school. Regardless of how sensational these scandals may appear, they are actually few and far between.
September 29, 2017
Parents have many reasons for deciding to take their children out of public school and enrolling them in private school. This circumstance is something which can happen at any stage of your child's education.
Request Information
I am a:      
Email:
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
     
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
        
Applying for financial aid?:
        
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:
Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Berkeley, CA is $19,299 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).