Berkeley Unified has 11 elementary schools scattered throughout Berkeley. Look inside our schools and you will see vibrant learning spaces and engaged students.
Our high-achieving elementary schools are small in two ways — total enrollment and the number of students in each classroom. The average enrollment is about 350 students, far smaller than the state average of 525. Class sizes average 20 students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade, and 26 in grades 4 and 5, again far smaller than the state average.
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier (BAM)
Berkeley Arts Magnet School at Whittier School offers a rigorous and inspiring curriculum in arts and academics. The school community values learning experiences in all domains, and consistently pledges funds and instructional time to incorporate visual arts, dramatic arts, music and dance into a comprehensive education program.
2015 Virginia Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Principal: René Molina
School Admin Assistant II: Veronica Jones
At Cragmont Elementary, we are dedicated to providing an outstanding education for all students while laying the foundation for each child’s personal success. Our programs combine academic rigor and intellectual challenge with strong support for students of all abilities. We emphasize the fundamentals of reading comprehension , clear writing, and basic mathematics. Strongly integrated with this core emphasis are programs in science, technology, art, dance, and music. Our core values are courage, active listening, respect, excellence, self control and, being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. We believe that an education is not just completing school, it is a way of being—one that embraces all of an individuals facets and strengths, is committed to living a moral life, and faces each day with eyes, heart, and mind wide open.
830 Regal Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
Principal: Candyce Cannon
School Admin Assistant II: Sheyla Flores
The Emerson Elementary School staff is dedicated to the academic achievement and social development of all children. Our highly trained teachers work collaboratively to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum to our students and are skilled at bringing out the best in everyone. In addition to our core program of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, we provide art, music, physical education, cooking, and gardening. Students in all grade levels go on field trips throughout the year culminating in a science-based overnight field trip for our fourth and fifth graders.
2800 Forest Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Principal: Jana Holmes
School Admin Assistant II: Gabriella Arechiga
John Muir, one of the smallest elementary schools in Berkeley, offers the ideal learning environment. The historic 1915 Tudor building sits nestled among redwood trees, a large grassy field, native plants, flourishing vegetable gardens, and a burbling creek. The classrooms, with their spacious size and natural light from countless windows, stimulate creative thinking and learning. The John Muir community is proud of and connected to their school’s namesake and to the natural beauty of their environment.
2955 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Principal: Marco Taylor
School Admin Assistant II: Carol Niehus
From transitional kindergarten to 5th grade, students at Malcolm X School know that it is an exciting place to be! The talented teaching staff provides rigorous instruction in all content areas, enriched by the integration of the visual and performing arts into the curriculum. In 2016 the California Department of Education recognized Malcolm X as a Gold Ribbon School, and the school also received the Title One Academic Achievement Award and the Exemplary Arts Program Award. The entire Malcolm X community is committed to building on this tradition of excellence in academics and in the arts.
1731 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Principal: Alexander Hunt
Vice Principal: Linda Morgan
School Admin Assistant II: Monica LaTour
Oxford School is a small school tucked into the hillside in north Berkeley with approximately 300 students in 14 classrooms. The small size of the school combined with the excellent staff and the strong support from families makes it a wonderful community.
1130 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94707
Principal: Beth Rhine
School Admin Assistant II: Kaitlin Buenger
It is difficult for a visitor not to be distracted by the charm of Rosa Parks’s campus. Built in the form of a child-friendly village, the school is comprised of small, colorful buildings surrounding a central play yard. The multi-purpose center stands to one side, overlooking the playing field. The center is home to the Bayer Children’s Science Center, the hub of the school’s magnet environmental science theme.
920 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
Principal: Vanessa Flynn
School Admin Assistant II: Alicia Barajas
At Ruth Acty, our school staff and parent/guardian partnership is our strength. Working together we make Ruth Acty a school that meets the needs of our diverse community. Each Ruth Acty family becomes part of the larger school community, which is one of our strongest features. In 2010 Ruth Acty was named a “California Distinguished School” for our excellence in raising achievement for all of our students. In 2011 we were awarded the Title One Award for Academic Achievement. We truly believe that all students have tremendous potential and creativity and our goal is to help every student to succeed.
1400 Ada Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
Principal: Mary Cazden
School Admin Assistant II: Celia Flores Delgado
At Sylvia Mendez, our vision is for students to become enthusiastic and proficient learners, mastering fundamentals, taking risks, and tackling intellectual challenges. Our positive school culture and community-building activities help develop students’ self-esteem, compassion, empathy, and problem-solving skills.
2840 Ellsworth Street, Berkeley, CA 94705
Principal: Veronica Valerio
School Admin Assistant II: Susana Casillas
At Thousand Oaks, we are a unified and supportive community where students learn to appreciate cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Our teachers are trained in using our district-adopted curriculum; many staff utilize culturally-responsive teaching strategies aimed to engage all students, and in particular students of color. We strive to educate the whole child and offer many enrichment programs including: gardening, music, science, physical education, and visual art. We believe in providing a safe, supportive environment for students to learn in.
840 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707
Principal: Jacqueline Parker
School Admin Assistant II: Sylvia Riddick
Because of strong academic growth for all racial and cultural student groups, Washington was honored as a Blue Ribbon Award School in 2010, one of 230 among 6,000 Title 1 California schools. Washington Elementary School is a vital and diverse student community, comprised of many cultures and 21 different languages.
2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Principal: Katia Hazen
School Admin Assistant II: Desaree (Desi) Green