Berkeley International HS Overview

Visit the BIHS Web Site: http://bihs.berkeleyschools.net/

Lead Teacher: Ross Parker and Melissa Jimenez

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.
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  • Upcoming BHS Events

    Swimming: All Levels Meet vs Arroyo, Berkeley, Mt. Eden (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Chabot College
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo, Berkeley, Mt. Eden
    Baseball: Boys JV Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High - Lincoln Park
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Softball: Girls Varsity Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Movie Night (Basketball courts near M-gym)
    April 28, 2017
    5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Basketball courts near M-gym
    Swimming: All Levels Non-Varsity Culminating Meet vs San Leandro, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: April 29, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Location: San Leandro High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    May 1, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    May 1, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Track: All Levels Postseason Coaches' Meeting vs Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 1, 2017 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    May 2, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: May 2, 2017 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd