The Berkeley Unified School District is an urban school district known for its commitment to academic excellence, equity and access, and enrichment. Since the founding of the University of California, Berkeley in 1868 and the establishment of California’s first accredited high school in 1879, Berkeley’s community has been proud to be a leader in public education.
What you should know about our District:
- Students are our priority.
- We take pride in our diversity.
- We hold high expectations for ourselves and our students.
- We treat each other with respect and act with integrity.
Here’s a quick look at some of the facts and highlights:
Berkeley Unified School District has 3 preschools, 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, a comprehensive high school, a continuation high school and an Adult School.
9,410 students are enrolled in grades K-12 in the Berkeley Unified School District:
3,430 high school students
1,940 middle school students
4,040 elementary students
In 1968, Berkeley Unified School District was the nation’s first school district to voluntarily desegregate its schools.
Berkeley students speak more than 40 languages in the home.
In 2010, 41 high school seniors received semi-finalist or commended student National Merit recognitions for their academic performance.
785 high school students took 1,609 AP tests in May, 2011
The average student-teacher ratio in K-3 classrooms is 20:1, and in grades 4-5 26:1.
All Berkeley elementary schools have fewer than students than the state average of 525 students — in fact the Berkeley elementary school average is 378.
The average student-teacher ratio in academic classrooms in the middle school is less than 28:1, and many math classes are 20:1.
The average student-teacher ratio in academic classrooms in the high schools is 28:1.