1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Sam Pasarow, Principal
Jana Jandra, Administrative Coordinator
Jorge Melgoza, Assistant Principal
Ashley Milton, Assistant Principal
Vacant, Assistant Principal
Erin Schweng, Assistant Principal
Ardarius McDonald, Dean
Janelle Bugarini, Attendance Dean
Diane Colborn, Special Education
Dave Kirwin, Facilities
Elizabeth James, School Secretary
Berkeley High School is a comprehensive four-year school serving approximately 3300 students. BHS is unique in that it is the only public high school in a community of over 100,000. Drawing from a diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic status, the student population embraces a broad spectrum of people and ideas. 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. The BHS School Profile also gives a snapshot of our comprehensive high school and student success.
For many years, Berkeley High has earned a reputation for academic excellence. The school offers a wide variety of academic and co-curricular experiences to meet the needs of the student body. The college preparatory program meets the entrance requirements of all major universities. The curriculum is rich, offering a wide range of rigorous courses, including honors and advanced placement classes, and a wide variety of electives in the arts, five foreign languages, and specialized academic areas, such as computer science programming languages, biotechnology, African American Studies. Ninety five percent of graduates plan to attend college. Average SAT scores consistently exceed both national and state averages, and BHS regularly produces students who qualify for National Merit Scholarships.
Berkeley High has more than 75 clubs and activities. Students can choose from Star Trek, Snowboarding, Asian-Pacific Students Club or Mock Trial—to name only a few—and all are encouraged to participate. “Joining a club or team connects you to the school,” one student explains. “You make friends you might not have known otherwise.” Among its many extracurricular activities, the school’s Jazz Ensemble, award-winning newspaper, and literary magazine have all received national recognition; the school’s varsity teams continue to excel in sports, with the only public school crew teams west of the Mississippi.
Berkeley High enjoys vibrant and active community support from the parent community and the larger city community. This commitment is demonstrated in several generous bond measures and special taxes the voters have passed to fund school improvement, as well as active parent fundraising with the Berkeley High School Development Group and the Athletic Fund. Many of the projects have been completed, including the new Administration Building–which houses a food court, library, College Counseling Center, and administration offices–a new gym and pool, and a campus green. A new athletic complex with bleachers, changing rooms, and an athletic office is currently under construction .
“Berkeley High is an amazing place. The vibrancy and energy, from the teachers to the students to all the support staff is incredible. There is so much going on, from academics to support structures to athletics to extracurricular activities — a very special place.”
—Parent of Berkeley High students
Choices Brochure 2015-16
(English or Español)
Course Catalog 2015-16
Safety Plan 2015-16
Site Disaster Plan 2015-16
Disaster Plan Appendices
Berkeley High School Plan for 2014-15
Berkeley High School Plan for 2013-14
California Healthy Kids Survey 2012
Berkeley High School EL Plan for 2011-12
Berkeley High PTSA
School Accountability Report Card 2013-14
Small Schools Guiding Principals (2003)
History of Berkeley High
Student Opt Out Form for Military, JAMRS, and Institutions of Higher Learning