Arts and Humanities Academy Overview

Visit the AHA Web Site: aha.berkeleyschools.net

Lead Teacher: Mat Glaser

The Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) provides an innovative, equitable, rigorous academic and arts curriculum. Students use the lens of the arts to seek creative solutions to academic and artistic challenges. In the first two years, students broaden their artistic expertise by taking a selection of visual and performing arts classes. In the 11th and 12th grades, students pursue mastery in the discipline of their choice and design an arts-based internship in the community, applying their interests as both artist and scholars. Senior thesis projects include academic and artistic presentations.  AHA students may select their world language and PE classes from the many options offered in the elective programs. AP options are available in English, math, science and world languages.

AHA structures the core of our teaching on project-based learning and interdisciplinary endeavors. Classroom practices are creative and flexible, meeting the needs of all learners and building on the strengths of multiple intelligences. Students work collaboratively within an environment where the arts are the vehicle for creative and analytical thinking. We develop into members of society with the skills to write and think with our minds, create with our hands, express with our bodies, act and speak from our hearts, and inspire others to do the same.

AHA is ideal for Students who want to:

  • Graduate prepared for a 4-year college or university and continued pursuits in the arts
  • Be in a community that celebrates the arts
  • Collaborate with local artists and art institutions
  • Participate in a creative classroom atmosphere
  • Apply knowledge of the arts to a holistic understanding of the world
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    BHS Activism Fair (Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym)
    May 24, 2017
    12:05 pm - 3:30 pm
    Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 28, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    May 29, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Bike Mobile (Main Courtyard)
    June 1, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Main Courtyard
    Bridge Cohort 4 Graduation (Library)
    June 1, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    June 5, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 22, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 23, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 24, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym