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Berkeley High School

1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, California 94704, United States

Berkeley High School is the only public high school in the Unified School District of Berkeley, California , USA and the only public middle school. It is located in the city of Berkeley, one long block west of Shattuck Avenue and 3 short blocks south of University Avenue. The Yellowjacket is the school mascot. Mission Statement of Berkeley High School is to educate and inspire all students in a safe, respectful and supportive environment.

Four city blocks between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. cover the Berkeley High School campus. Allston and Channing ways, Way and Allston. The first cornerstone was built in 1901 and it was almost continuously constructed, with the exception of a decade around World War II.[44] Berkeley High was restructured in the late 1930's and old buildings replaced with newer buildings.

By Stacey Baca - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Florence Swimley Little Theatre, Berkeley Community Theatre, and the buildings of G and H illustrate the modern Streamline style designed by Henry H. Gutterson and William G. Corlett.The rebuilding was largely supported by the WPA's New Deal initiative Franklin Roosevelt. Robert Boardman Howard, Jacques Schnier, and Lulu Hawkins Braghetta embellish them with sculptural reliefs.

The high school has the highest variety. Academic Choice (AC) offers a core curriculum that enables full access to the full range of study programs available at Berkeley High School in African American, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and World Language. A seminar approach facilitates academic engagement, critical thought and a close working relationship between students and teachers is accompanied by the conventional Humanities Option Academic course.

The Academic choice is aimed at preparing students for further training after high school as well as preparing students with a strong foundation for the University Classroom, in order to achieve a variety of quality choices to meet the needs of a diverse community. Their education strategies reflect a variety of learning styles and a knowledge of them. They are committed to building skills on our students, and to driving them to learn and become critical thinkers throughout their lives.

Their multi-language curriculum also provides courses to students who are new migrants whose first language is not English. Students are tested by their CELDT (California English Language Development Test). New students are screened and assessed by state statute and then scheduled for required courses by Multilingual Program guidance and advisors.

This amazing place is just one of the many must-see sights you surely  don’t want to miss in Berkeley, California:

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 
  • Berkeley Free Clinic
  • Berkeley History Center 
  • Berkeley Marina 
  • Berkeley Public Library 
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre 
  • Berkeley Rose Garden 
  • Hearst Greek Theatre

All of these wonderful sites are located just a short distance from our location at 1647 Hopkins St, in Berkeley! Stop by for a visit anytime!