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.
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  • Upcoming Events at BHS

    March 5, 2015

    Guzman Writing Workshop (2-3)

    Starts: 9:30 am

    Ends: 11:38 am, March 5, 2015

    Location: College and Career Center

    Service Fair

    Starts: 11:00 am

    Ends: 2:30 pm, March 5, 2015

    Location: Campus Green

    Description: This is an event for service oriented student clubs and organizations to speak to students about volunteer opportunities or getting involved in the spring or summer.

    March 8, 2015

    Crew Race- Battle of the Bay

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, March 9, 2015

    Location: Oakland Estuary

    March 10, 2015

    Golf: Boys All Levels Match

    Starts: 3:00 pm

    Ends: 6:00 pm, March 10, 2015

    Location: Alameda/Chuck Corica

    Tennis: Boys All Levels Match

    Starts: 3:30 pm

    Ends: 5:30 pm, March 10, 2015

    Location: Alameda High School

    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Match

    Starts: 4:00 pm

    Ends: 5:30 pm, March 10, 2015

    Location: San Leandro High - FTK Gym

    March 11, 2015

    CC Presentation

    Starts: 10:30 am

    Ends: 11:30 am, March 11, 2015

    Students Rising Above for Juniors

    Starts: 11:38 am

    Ends: 12:18 pm, March 11, 2015

    Location: College & Career Center

    CC Presentations

    Starts: 12:30 pm

    Ends: 3:30 pm, March 11, 2015

    Swimming: All Levels Meet

    Starts: 3:30 pm

    Ends: 6:00 pm, March 11, 2015

    Location: Berkeley High School

    Lacrosse, Boys Parent Booster meeting

    Starts: 5:30 pm

    Ends: 7:00 pm, March 11, 2015

    Location: BHS Library