Academic Choice Overview

Visit the Academic Choice Web Site: http://ac.berkeleyschools.net/

Lead Teachers: Amina Sheikh and Amanda Green

Academic Choice (AC) is a learning community focusing on a rigorous humanities curriculum in grades nine through twelve. Freshmen and Sophomore history and English courses are cored. AC students choose their science, world language, PE, math and arts electives from the full range of classes offered throughout Berkeley High. Academic Choice students are expected to complete all UC/CSU a-g course requirements prior to graduation, and are encouraged to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their junior and senior years. AC teachers support that expectation and work to ensure that their students are prepared to take AP courses. Students can choose to take AP classes in a variety of content areas as well as courses offered by the African American Studies Department. We also encourage AC students to take four years of math, and three years of science and world language.  Berkeley High recognizes students with a Certificate of Completion issued by the Academic Choice program if they graduate from AC having completed all UC/CSU a-g subject requirements and submit a complete senior seminar research project.

Academic Choice at BHS provides not only a college preparatory curriculum but also a community of  students working with teachers, parents and peers to realize their full intellectual and creative potential. Academic Choice teachers, students, and families strongly believe that the program should reflect our diverse school population and that all students should have the resources to succeed in school and beyond.  The typical Academic Choice class follows a seminar approach, encouraging intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and a close working relationship between student and teacher.

AC Is Ideal for Students Who Want To:

  • Choose from the widest possible list of electives, Advanced Placement classes, and courses of study: Challenge yourself academically and prepare for success in a 4-year college or university. AC offers academic support for all students.
  • Explore your interests and develop your strengths: Decide which subjects to study in depth. AC offers a rigorous program while providing you the most flexibility in course selection.
  • Thrive in a diverse yet personalized learning community: Join a cohort of students in the 9th and 10th grade humanities classes and become part of a supportive community. Find friends who share your interests and learn from classmates with wide-ranging world views.
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    May 24, 2017
    12:05 pm - 3:30 pm
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    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
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