Enrolling New High School Students

1. Information Night 2014

2. The District Admission Process    Will be updated no later than November 1, 2014.
3. Registration into Berkeley High    Will be updated no later than November 1, 2014.
4. The Course/Lottery Selection Process    Will be updated no later than November 1, 2014.

5. Campus Tours
6. Additional Information and Placement Tests

Berkeley High School’s Fall Information Night for incoming 9th grade families (2015-16) is scheduled for Wednesday, November 122014, 7:00-8:00 in the Berkeley Community Theater located on the BHS campus. The event will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. While we welcome everyone, the evening will be of particular interest to those who are new to the Berkeley Unified School District. This event is an introduction to the school and in the past has featured a panel of current students, one of the College Advisors, and a Q and A with the Principal.

BHS Winter 9th Grade Information Night will be held in the Community Theater (located on the northside of BHS Campus): in mid February 2015 from 7-9pm This is not a repeat of the Fall Information Night.  During Information Night, representatives from departments and our learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions. The evening will start promptly and parking can be challenging.  Please plan accordingly.

Winter Information Night is an important step in learning about Berkeley High’s many elective choices and learning community options so students can make an informed decision about Berkeley High School. All incoming students should plan on attending the Winter Information Night in February 2015.  Please note, all students must be accompanied by an adult. Spanish translation will be available.  There will be no make-up for this event. Course Catalogues and Choices Brochures for the 2014-2015 school year will be provided on this night.

5. High School Tours

The “touring season” for prospective students runs from October to March. The small group tours leave the Front Desk at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:45 on Mondays. The tours are by reservation only and last a little over an hour. The tours walk by classrooms–many of which have open doors –but they do not go into rooms for observation. The tours are not “orientation tours.” There are student-led tours for our incoming students in August during registration/orientation.  Prospective students are welcome on the school day tours but ONLY if accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Tours are by reservation only.  To sign up, please email bhsoutreach@berkeley.net  Please indicate several days that work for you and the number and names of the people in your party.

It is not possible for students to  visit Berkeley High on their own or to “shadow” a current student.  The school is focused on the education and security of our currently enrolled students. We are simply too large a school to accommodate unsupervised visitors.

6. Additional Information  (This information will be updated in Spring 2015)

Freshmen orientation will take place in August 2015.   During orientation students will meet administrators, pick up their class schedule, textbooks, picture ID, and locker assignment.  In addition, there will be campus  tours and an activity fair.

World Language and Math Placement (This information will be updated in Spring 2015)

* The Language test will be on Saturday, April XX, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

* Math Placement,  Longfellow, King & Willard students who are interested in enrolling in an honors math level have the option to take the honors test on   April XX at their school site.

For New-to-BUSD students the tests will be given in the BHS library at 3:00pm Tuesday, April X and Monday, April XX. There will be a make-up test date on Monday, April XX.

Content on the Math Placement Test: the Algebra content covered by the placement test is the California content standards for Algebra 1 which can be found online at:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/rtqalg1.pdf

Finally, we are asking all current 8th grade math teachers to submit a placement recommendation for their students. BUSD students receive automatic recommendations. For New-to-BUSD students, we are requesting the teacher fill in a short online questionnaire, which can be found online at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BHS2014, no later than April XX, 2014.

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