Mission, Vision, Values


Berkeley Unified School District Mission:

The Mission of the Berkeley Unified School District is to enable and inspire our diverse student body to achieve academic excellence and make positive contributions to our world.

Berkeley Unified School District Vision:

Our Students are curious and creative learners who succeed through personal initiative and sustained effort to reach high academic goals.  They are critical thinkers who seek knowledge and possess technological competence and collaborative skills. Our students embrace diversity, act responsibly, and contribute to our community.

Our Educators believe that all students can meet or exceed rigorous academic standards. Teachers, staff, and administrators together form a rich professional learning community where all are supported to hone our professional craft and improve our effectiveness.  Through the examination of our instructional practices and data, we adjust our teaching and operational systems in order to continuously improve.  We are responsible in the stewardship of our fiscal resources and fair and equitable in their distribution.

Our Families and Community are integral to the success of our students and schools. Families are active, engaged and welcomed partners in their child’s education, who give valued input and participate in making important decisions about our academic and enrichment programs. Our diverse community is passionate about equitable educational outcomes for all students.  Our civic and community organizations partner with us to promote family engagement and the well-being and success of our students.

Our Schools are vital centers of community life enriched by the diversity of our city and welcoming to all families.  Each classroom offers engaging and culturally-relevant curriculum that builds on students’ interests and abilities. Student needs, as identified by regular assessment, inform our teaching and guide appropriate and effective intervention services.  We offer an enriched learning environment and a comprehensive system of supports to address the needs of the whole child.

Values and Beliefs of Berkeley Unified School 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.


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