Berkeley International HS Overview

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Lead Teacher: Matt Meyer and Nick Plescak

Berkeley International High School (BIHS), an authorized International Baccalaureate school, is a program within Berkeley High School, focusing on international studies for grades nine through twelve. The integrated 4-year study of humanities focuses first on the study of geographical regions and elements of culture, including literature, art, history, economics and beliefs.  It then progresses systematically through the study of nations and the dynamics of global relationships, building in complexity each year. Students will graduate with the knowledge and habits of mind to participate confidently in the increasingly interdependent world.

The overarching goals of BIHS are to offer insights into the nature of international education and to build students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness, fostering a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning for all BIHS students. Fundamental to the BIHS curriculum is developing the students’ understanding of the nature and value of their own cultures. Students learn to approach academics from a variety of standpoints, and the curriculum furthers students’ recognition and development of universal human values.

BIHS prepares all students to participate in the IB Diploma Programme in 11th and 12th grade. Balancing the richness of Berkeley High School’s elective options with the value and challenge of the IB, BIHS creates a community of support, accessibility, and diversity of perspective. To this end we split the program into two smaller “houses” that allow teachers and students to work together in a more personalized way. Ninth and tenth grade students take three of their classes with the same core of students to provide community and support.

BIHS is ideal for students who want to:

  • Be prepared for a four year college or university
  • Be part of a learning community and still take elective courses within various departments within the high school
  • Study subjects in depth and with perspective
  • Actively participate in their learning through classroom based projects and discussions.

Page Last Modified: September 24, 2014

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