Visual & Performing Arts

Lead Teacher: Andrea Sanguine

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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    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 25, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Match vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: April 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    AP Environmental Science Final Exam (Jacket Gym)
    April 25, 2017
    3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Jacket Gym
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 26, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Softball: Girls Varsity Game vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Baseball: Boys JV Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High - Lincoln Park
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 27, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Castro Valley (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Tennyson (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Tennyson