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The Berkeley School

The Berkeley School is a coeducational private alternative traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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The Berkeley School says

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).

Mission Statement

The mission of The Berkeley School is to ignite curious minds, awaken generous hearts, and engage a changing world.

Student Life Information

The Berkeley School we understand that learning isn’t an experience that “happens to” a child. Our children learn by doing; they learn from the environment, from themselves, and from each other. Our mission — to ignite curious minds, awaken generous hearts, and engage a changing world — is at the heart of everything we do. Our preschool classrooms have three full-time teachers. There are two full-time teachers in each of our elementary classrooms as well as in our 6th grade classroom. Students in grades 7 and 8 learn from six specialist faculty members. Each classroom usually consists of 20-25 students, which makes our student-to-teacher ratio among the lowest in the Bay Area.



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Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Writing Sample, Interview, Personal Coursework

Admission Requirements

Required: School Record, Recommendations

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 276
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 75
Transitional KG 16
Kindergarten 26
1 20
2 17
3 18
4 19
5 21
6 19
7 22
8 23

The Berkeley School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Berkeley School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1
Average Class Size 24
Gender 49% Male / 51% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 59%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
Multi-racial 18%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Director of Finance and Operations (Financial Aid Chair)   Amy Coty
Director of Admission   Paula Farmer
Middle School Division Head   MaryBeth Ventura
Elementary Division Head   Bliss Tobin
Preschool Director   Kathy Duhl
Head of School   Mitch Bostian


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Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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