Enrolling New High School Students

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  1. Winter Information Night for 2016-2017
  2. Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night
  3. BHS etree
  4. General Information on Enrolling at Berkeley High School
  5. The District Admission Process for Current BUSD students
  6. The District Admission Process for New to BUSD students
  7. The Course/Lottery Selection Process
  8. High School Campus Tours
  9. Math & Language Placement Tests
  10. Additional Information

Information Nights

Fall Information Night
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00-8:00in the Berkeley Community Theater
The event will start promptly at 7 p.m. While we welcome everyone, the evening will be of particular interest to those who are new to the Berkeley Unified School District. This event is an introduction to the school and in the past has featured a panel of current students, one of the College Advisors, and a Q and A with the Principal.

Winter Information Night 
Wednesday, February 8, 20177:00-9:00 p.m. in the Berkeley Community Theater
For all incoming families. This is not a repeat of the Fall Information Night. During the February Info Night, representatives from departments and our 5 learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions.

Winter Info Night is an essential step in the process of signing up for classes at BHS. Representatives from our five learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions. We will also have information tables for Student Activities, Athletics, Families of Students with IEPs, the College and Career Center, Math, World Language, and Visual and Performing Arts departments. Course Catalogues and Choices Brochures for the 2016-2017 school year will be provided on this night. Students (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to attend.


Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night

There will be an Information Night for incoming 9th graders in February 2017 in the BHS Florence Schwimley Little Theater (entrance on Allston), Date TBA 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

BHS etree

Berkeley High has a listserv which posts the Student Daily Bulletin, College Advisors Bulletin, news and volunteer opportunities. The parent-run effort works closely with the administration in order to insure accuracy. To subscribe to the BHS etree please send an email to bhs-request@lmi.net with one word only in the subject line: subscribe.

General Information on Enrolling at Berkeley High School

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

BHS Choices Brochure gives you an overview of the range of possibilities for students in the six learning communities that make up Berkeley High School. This BHS School Profile 2014-15 also gives a snapshot of our comprehensive high school and student success. Visit the BHS webpage for more information about the high school.

The enrollment deadline for Berkeley High School to participate in the first learning community assignment lottery will be announced later in the year. It will likely be in late February. Students who have not been admitted to BUSD by that deadline can apply to the District and Berkeley High School for enrollment again after the second high school admission round starting in later March. Another lottery run will take place for these students and they will be placed in a learning community based on space available.

Whether you are already enrolled in a BUSD middle school or are a non-BUSD student enrolling in the district in late February, you will enter the BHS lottery at the same time. As long as new families are enrolled in the District by the late February deadline, you will be given the same priority in the BHS lottery.

Enrollment is complete when you receive an enrollment receipt and have submitted a completed BHS registration packet.

District Admission Process for Current BUSD Students: (King, Longfellow, and Willard)

There will be parent informational meetings at the middle schools. These meetings will be conducted by BHS administrators and are for parents from BUSD middle schools only. There will be a simultaneous Spanish language session with the same information. During the school days following the parent meeting, BHS counselors will go to the BUSD Middle Schools to gather course and learning community requests from students. Berkeley High will mail home the student selections for a final parental review before the student choices are entered in the lottery.

King — February TBA, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Longfellow — February TBA, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Willard — TBA, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

District Admission Process for NEW to BUSD Students

Students who are new to the district must first be admitted into the district before they can register with Berkeley High and make lottery or course requests. Entering into Berkeley High is a multi-step process. This process is only for Berkeley residents. Information regarding inter-district transfers can be obtained from the Admissions Office at 510-644-6504.


From January 16 through February 22, families of students new to BUSD must begin the admission process in the District by completing pre-registration here: https://berkeley.enrollments.us/StudentAdmissions201617.aspx. (This link will be live beginning in mid-January.)

If you do not have web access or have questions, you may use a computer on the BHS campus at the Parent Resource Center. Go to Berkeley High School, check in as a visitor at the front desk, and they will direct you to the Parent Resource Center to enter your information. Pre-Admission is required for admission.


In this step, parents/guardians must go to the Berkeley Unified School District Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar. Please bring the following documents:

  1. Student’s Birth Certificate (Original, we will make a copy.) Passports are not acceptable.
  2. Parent’s Government Issued Photo Identification (California ID or Driver’s License).
  3. Declaration of Residency
  4. Three proofs of Berkeley residency in parent/guardian’s name. Review the required enrollment documentation here.
  5. Proof of immunization from health care provider.
  6. Transcript from current school or latest report card.
  7. Registration Packet. The registration packet will be available to be picked up at the Berkeley High School front desk beginning in February 2017. You may also pick up a copy at the admissions office when you come to enroll your student, or you may print out your registration packet here:

    Please plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes completing the registration packet. You will also need to bring contact information for doctors, dentist and emergency contact information.

Students residing with anyone other than their parents must also complete a Caregiver Form. Forms are available at the Admissions Office. Homeless families should contact Sophina Jones at 644-6529.

Bring the above documents to the BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar. We advise new families to adhere to the following schedule, based on your student’s last name, to minimize wait times and help us manage the volume of students we must process in an efficient manner:

Student Last Names:

A – F:  mid-February TBA, 8:00-12:00 and 12:45-3:00

G – L:  mid-February TBA, 8:00-12:00 and 12:45-3:00

M – S: mid-February TBA, 8:00-12:00 and 12:45-3:00

T – Z:  mid-February TBA, 8:00-12:00 and 12:45-3:00

Admission is complete when you have provided the appropriate documents, received an admission receipt, and submitted a completed registration packet.

Whether you are already enrolled in a BUSD middle school or are a newly admitted student enrolling in the district by the February 2017 deadline, you will enter the BHS lottery at the same time.

The Course/Lottery Selection Process

New-to-BUSD Students who have completed the admission process can make course and lottery requests in the BHS Library. at 6:00 p.m on the following three different dates. The process will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Monday, March 2017 – Last Name A – L
Monday, March 2017 – Last Name M – Z
Monday, March 2017 – Makeup session

If you cannot make your assigned night, we will accommodate you in one of the three sessions, but please try to attend during your allotted time. Students will have their choices mailed to them for verification and will have one week to request any changes by hard copy to Berkeley High School.

All current BUSD middle school students and newly admitted students enrolled by late February, will enter the BHS lottery at the same time and be given the same priority in the BHS lottery. If you have not been admitted into the Berkeley Unified School District by late February, you must do so after late March by visiting the Berkeley Admissions Office (2020 Bonar Street) from 8:00-4:00. Students who are admitted into the District after late March will be in the second round of the lottery.

Berkeley High is divided into five learning communities. Two are large: AC and BIHS. Three are smaller: AHA, AMPS, and CAS. Assignment is by lottery but students may indicate a preference. Incoming 9th grade students will have an opportunity to list their preferences in the spring when they sign up for classes. King, Longfellow, and Willard 8th grade students will do so during the day at their middle school. Students coming from non BUSD schools will do so at an evening meeting in March (if they have registered with the BUSD by late February. (See below for students who register after the February deadline.)

All student requests will be mailed home to their parents/guardians for approval.

Your child may list as many as five or as few as two learning communities. Students MUST list AC and BIHS, the two large programs, in the order they prefer. If the student only wants AC or BIHS then s/he only lists those two.

If s/he wants one of the smaller learning communities (AMPS, AHA, or CAS) s/he lists the small schools desired, in the preferred order, and then finishes off with AC and BIHS, in the preferred order. The student may list one of the smaller communities followed by AC and BIHS; two of the smaller communities followed by AC and BIHS; or three of the smaller communities, followed by AC and BIHS.

We will mail you the results of the lottery in late May or early June.

If you miss the lottery and register late spring or in the summer, you will enter a second or third lottery. There is no final cut off date for enrollment at Berkeley High School. When you have established residency, please go to 2020 Bonar Street to start the process of registering and enrolling at the high school.

High School Campus Tours

The “touring season” for prospective students runs from October to March. The small group tours leave the Front Desk at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:45 on Mondays. The tours are by reservation only and last a little over an hour. The tours walk by classrooms – many of which have open doors – but they do not go into rooms for observation. The tours are not “orientation tours.” There are student-led tours for our incoming students in August during registration/orientation. Prospective students are welcome on the school day tours but ONLY if accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Tours are by reservation only. To sign up, please email bhsoutreach@berkeley.net. Please indicate several days that work for you and the number of people in your party.

Many people have asked if they could visit Berkeley High on their own or if their student could “shadow” a current student. This is not possible. The school is focused on the education and security of our currently enrolled students. We are simply too large a school to accommodate unsupervised visitors.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Lisa Sibony, BHS Volunteer Coordinator, at lisasibony@berkeley.net.

World Language and Math Placement Tests

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for these events)

World Language
Berkeley High offers four world languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin and Latin. New-to-BUSD students who wish to enroll in in a level other than beginning must take a placement test that will be offered in the spring. There is no language placement test for students who enroll in the beginning level of any of the four languages. Placement for Longfellow, King, and Willard students currently studying French or Spanish will be determined by their current teacher.

If you are unable to attend in April, we will also offer the exam in late August. The exam will be given on the second floor of the M building – located off Milvia above Channing. Please email coryhenrickson@berkeley.net with questions.


The majority of students will be placed in Math 1, a course covering algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. Some students may test into an accelerated version of Math 1. Students who are interested in taking the test for Advanced Math 1 need to come to the BHS library in mid-April on a date that is yet to be determined. The test will be approximately 45 minutes. Additional time for students who receive accommodations will be provided. Please email documentation of the accommodations needed to erinschweng@berkeley.net before mid-April.


Additional Information
Freshmen orientation will take place in August 2017. During orientation students will meet administrators, pick up their class schedule, textbooks, picture ID, and locker assignment. In addition, there will be campus tours and an activity fair.