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

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