The Berkeley School is a diverse learning community and we know what really matters in education—curiosity, rigor, and creativity matter. So does being connected to a wider community of learners that values those qualities. The Berkeley School offers a unique program that incorporates the latest in educational research and child development.
The Berkeley School follows in the tradition of groundbreaking educational thinkers who focused on equipping students with the skills for a lifetime of learning. We’re inspired by the methods of Maria Montessori, a scientist-educator who shaped her methods only after closely observing children and establishing what worked. John Dewey, Loris Malaguzzi of Reggio Emilia, Howard Gardner, David Perkins, the educators at Harvard-based Project Zero: these are the thinkers who excite us.
We believe in providing our teachers with the most recent research in child education because passionate, inspired educators create passionate, inspired learners. That’s why, every year, you’ll find our teachers visiting Reggio Emilia schools, and attending programs like Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom Institute and the Guggenheim Institute for Teaching Creativity. Our teachers reinvest in their classrooms by recognizing the importance of social-emotional development and conflict resolution skills, empathy and cooperation. Low student-teacher ratios ensure that every child can connect with our highly-skilled teaching staff. At The Berkeley School, we prepare our students to become successful life-long learners, innovators and creators.
The Berkeley School is accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We also hold full accreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).