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

    UC Santa Cruz with admitted seniors (11:00)
    April 26, 2018
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    CCC D-221
    Pre Med Meeting (4th period)
    April 26, 2018
    12:24 pm - 1:22 pm
    CCC D-221
    Laurel's class (5th)
    April 26, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    CCC, D-221
    Track: All Levels Meet vs Hayward, Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward, Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro Comments: Alameda vs. HaywardAlameda vs. San LeandroHayward vs. Castro ValleyCastro Valley vs. San Leandro
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Golf: Boys All Levels Postseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Postseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Lacrosse: Girls Varsity Game vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA
    Lacrosse: Girls JV Game vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 27, 2018 - 11:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, Tennyson
    Laurel's Class (5th)
    April 27, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm