Visual & Performing Arts

Lead Teacher: Kimberley D’Adamo

Visual & Performing Arts Staff

Arts programs are a vital component of a well-rounded education for all students. Berkeley High’s Arts programs provide excellent preparation for the student who plans to focus on the arts in college or career. The BHS community believes that art courses benefit all students because the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking.

The California Department of Education published data that solidly supports art education for all students. An excerpt: “Research shows that students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT. According to the College Board, 1995 SAT scores for students who studied the arts for more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math portion than students with no course work or experience in the arts.”

The four art disciplines of the BHS Arts Department: Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts, cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications. Almost all classes fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts requirements for BHS and UC/CSU eligibility. Art electives are year-long classes. Offerings may vary yearto-year, dependent on student sign-up. Students should provide first and second choices and may not receive their first choice.

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    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