Enrolling New High School Students

Questions Frequently Asked by New BHS Students and Families – March, 2014 (PDF)

Berkeley High’s Music/Dance/Theater Departments Information Night

There will be an Information Night for Incoming 9th Graders on Thursday, January 22, 2015, BHS Florence Schwimley Little Theater, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Berkeley High Winter Information Night

ALL incoming families should plan on attending the Berkeley High Winter Information Night  on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Community Theater on the Berkeley High School campus. This is not a repeat of the Fall Information Night.  During Information Night, representatives from departments and our learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions. The evening will start promptly and parking can be challenging.  Please plan accordingly.

Winter Information Night is an important step in learning about Berkeley High’s many elective choices and learning community options so students can make an informed decision about Berkeley High School. Please note, all students must be accompanied by an adult. Spanish translation will be available.  There will be no make-up for this event. Course Catalogues and Choices Brochures for the 2015-2016 school year will be provided on this night.

BHS etree

Berkeley High has a listserve 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

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 2012-13 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 is February 24.  Students who have not been admitted to BUSD by the February 20, 2014 deadline can apply to the District and Berkeley High School for enrollment again after the second high school admission round starting 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 February, you will enter the BHS lottery at the same time. As long as new families are enrolled in the District by the February 2014 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 — Tuesday, February 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Longfellow — Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Willard — Tuesday, March 3, 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. Refer to the Berkeley High School Enrollment page for step-by-step instructions. This process is only for Berkeley residents. Information regarding inter-district transfers can be obtained from the Admissions Office at 644-6504.

High School 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.