Enrolling New High School Students

ALL Entering BHS 9th Graders Must Register at the BUSD Admissions Office at

2020 Bonar St. by January 13 to participate in the first placement lottery.

More information below

Click here for Berkeley High School’s Enrollment Page.

  1. Winter Information Night for 2016-2017
  2. Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night
  3. BHS etree
  4. General Information on Enrolling at Berkeley High School
  5. The Course/Lottery Selection Process
  6. High School Campus Tours
  7. Math & Language Placement Tests
  8. Additional Information

Information Nights

Fall Information Night
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00-8:00in the Berkeley Community Theater
The event will start promptly at 7 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.

Winter Information Night  –
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00-9:00, in the Food Court and the Berkeley Community Theater
PTSA, Student Leadership and Department host information tables in the Food Court
7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Berkeley Community Theater for all incoming families. This is not a repeat of the Fall Information Night. During the February Info Night, representatives from departments and our 5 learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions.

The Winter Information Night is an important step in learning about Berkeley High’s many elective choices and learning community options. All incoming students should plan on attending so that they can make an informed decision about Berkeley High School. 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 2017-2018 school year will be provided at this event.

Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night

The Performing Arts Department info night for incoming freshmen will be on Tuesday, Feb 21, 7 p.m in the FSLT.

Jazz Auditions – audition materials will posted at bhsjazz.org by April 15

BHS etree

The e-tree is an essential source of information about orientation, registration, school events, sports, Student Daily Bulletin, College Advisors’ Bulletin, messages from the Principal, volunteer opportunities, and more. Please watch for postings with the subject line: Incoming Families. To subscribe to the BHS e-tree, send an email to bhs-request@lmi.net with the word subscribe in the subject line.

Admissions for NEW-to-BUSD students and Continuing Enrollment for Current BUSD 8th Graders:

NEW to BUSD Students: Students must first be admitted into the district through BUSD through the BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar to be able to submit lottery and course requests.

Continuing BUSD Students: Current BUSD 8th grade students must re-register through the BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar to be able to submit lottery and course requests.

This process is only for Berkeley residents. Information regarding inter-district transfers can be obtained from the Admissions Office at 644-6504.

BHS Choices Brochure gives you an overview of the range of possibilities for students in the six learning communities that make up Berkeley High School. This BHS School Profile 2014-15 also gives a snapshot of our comprehensive high school and student success. Visit the BHS webpage for more information about the high school.

STEP 1: All Incoming BHS Students: Current BUSD 8th Graders and New-to-BUSD 8th Graders Must Register

All parents/guardians must complete this new requirement for their incoming 9th Grade BHS students. Parents/guardians must go to the BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar. Please bring the documents listed below when you come to the district office; we will make copies at the time of registration.

The requested documents must be submitted by parents/guardians to the BUSD Admissions Office, 2020 Bonar St., Suite 108.

Admission Requirements for ALL Entering BHS 9th Graders

December 5 – 16, 2016 and January 3 – 13, 2017

8th grade families who do not submit the necessary documents by the January 13th deadline will NOT be entered in the first round of the BHS lottery, and thus will not receive a learning community assignment or a class schedule until their documents have been processed. Once submitted, these students will enter the second lottery in late March.

The BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar St. is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (except on Tuesdays 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM). For your convenience, the Admissions Office will also be open on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you have any questions, call the Admissions Office at 644-6504.

Required Documents for New to BUSD students: Required Documents for Continuing BUSD students:
1.      Student’s original birth certificate

2.      Proof of immunization from health care provider.

3.      Student’s recent original report card or transcript

4.      Parent’s original, valid governmental picture identification card (CA ID, or CA DL)

5.      Declaration of Residency (BUSD form)

6.      Three proofs of Berkeley residency (see below)

7.      Registration packet (see below)

1.      Student’s original birth certificate

2.      Parent’s original, valid governmental picture identification card (CA ID, or CA DL)

3.      Declaration of Residency (BUSD form)

4.      Three proofs of Berkeley residency (see below)

5.      Emergency card and parent information card to be filled out at time of re-registration


All documents must be current originals (issued within the last 2 months) imprinted with the name and current Berkeley residential address of the parent/legal guardian. A student can use only one residency address for purposes of establishing Berkeley residency.

Proofs of Berkeley Residency for ALL Incoming 9th Grade Students (current BUSD 8th grade students and new-to-BUSD students):

Only personal accounts will be accepted (No care of, DBA or Business accounts). Must submit one from each of the three groups (A, B and C) listed below and on the next page.

Group A: Utility bill (Must provide entire bill):

  • PG&E
  • Landline phone (non-cellular)
  • Internet
  • Cable

Group B:

  • Current bank statement (checking or savings only)
  • Action letter from Social Services or government agency (cannot be property or business)
  • Recent paycheck stub or letter from employer on official company letterhead confirming residency address
  • Valid automobile registration in combination with valid automobile insurance
  • Voter registration for the most recent past election or the most recent upcoming election

Group C:

  • Rental property contract or lease, with payment receipt (dated within 45 days)
  • Renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance policy for the current year
  • Current property tax statement or property deed

NEW-to BUSD-Students Registration Packet. Registration packets for New-to-BUSD families can be picked up at the BHS front desk starting December 1st if you would like to fill this out prior to going to the district office. You may also pick up a copy at the BUSD Admissions Office when you go to enroll your student. Please plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes completing the registration packet if you do not pick up and fill out the packet ahead of time. You will also need to include contact numbers for doctors, dentist as well as emergency contact information.

Homeless families should contact our McKinney-Vento Counselor, 644-6529.

Admission Registration Deadlines. The deadline for newly enrolled students and for continuing BUSD students to have their registration and re-matriculation completed is January 13, 2017. Newly enrolled students will enter the BHS lottery at the same time as students continuing from BUSD middle schools and be given the same priority in the BHS lottery. If you miss the January 13 deadline, you must register and/or re-register starting on March 27, 2017 by visiting the BUSD Admissions Office from 8:00-4:00. Students who are admitted into the district in March will be in the second round of the lottery.

Admission is complete when you have provided the appropriate documents and submitted a completed registration packet.

Step 2: Course/Lottery Selection Process

Continuing BUSD Students:

There will be a parent meeting at your child’s middle school from 6:00 to 7:00p.m in February or March, dates to be determined. These meetings will be conducted by BHS administrators and are for parents from BUSD middle schools only. There will be a simultaneous Spanish language session with the same information. During the school days following the parent meeting, BHS counselors will go to the middle schools to gather course and learning community requests from students via an online form. BHS will mail home the student selections for a final parental review before the student choices are entered in the lottery.

NEW-to-BUSD Students only:

Course and Lottery Selection: New-to-BUSD students who have completed the admission process by the January 13th deadline can make course and lottery requests in the BHS Library on the following three evenings starting promptly at 6:00. The process will take at least 1.5 hours.

Monday, March 6, 2017, 6pm — Last Name A-L

Monday, March 13, 2017, 6pm — Last Name M-Z

Monday, March 20, 2017, 6pm — Makeup Session

If you cannot make your assigned night, we will accommodate you in one of the three sessions, but please try to attend during your allotted time. Students will have their choices mailed to them for verification and will have one week to request any changes by hard copy to BHS.

Berkeley High is divided into five learning communities. Two are large: AC and BIHS. Three are smaller: AHA, AMPS, and CAS. Assignment is by lottery but students may indicate a preference. Incoming 9th grade students will have an opportunity to list their preferences in the spring when they sign up for classes. King, Longfellow, and Willard 8th grade students will do so during the day at their middle school. Students coming from non BUSD schools will do so at an evening meeting in March (if they have registered with the BUSD by late February. (See below for students who register after the February deadline.)

All student requests will be mailed home to their parents/guardians for approval.

Your child may list as many as five or as few as two learning communities. Students MUST list AC and BIHS, the two large programs, in the order they prefer. If the student only wants AC or BIHS then s/he only lists those two.

If s/he wants one of the smaller learning communities (AMPS, AHA, or CAS) s/he lists the small schools desired, in the preferred order, and then finishes off with AC and BIHS, in the preferred order. The student may list one of the smaller communities followed by AC and BIHS; two of the smaller communities followed by AC and BIHS; or three of the smaller communities, followed by AC and BIHS.

We will mail you the results of the lottery in late May or early June.

If you miss the lottery and register late spring or in the summer, you will enter a second or third lottery. There is no final cut off date for enrollment at Berkeley High School. When you have established residency, please go to 2020 Bonar Street to start the process of registering and enrolling at the high school.

High School Campus 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 of people in your party.

Many people have asked if they could visit Berkeley High on their own or if their student could “shadow” a current student. This is not possible. 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.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Lisa Sibony, BHS Volunteer Coordinator, at lisasibony@berkeley.net.

World Language and Math Placement Tests

World Language
Berkeley High offers four world languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin and Latin.

If you are NEW to Berkeley Unified School District and want to be in a language class above level 1, you will need to take the language placement exam.

If you are currently enrolled in BUSD and want to SKIP level 2 (3/4), you should also come to take the placement test.

This year the exam will be offered on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM-noon. The exam will be given on the second floor of the M building – located off Milvia above Channing. You do not need to sign up ahead of time, just come on time. Some students finish the exam in 45 minutes and others need 90 minutes, so it is difficult to say how long the exam will last.

There is no language placement test for students who enroll in the beginning level of any of the four languages. Placement for Longfellow, King, and Willard students currently studying French or Spanish will be determined by their current teacher.

Please contact Cory Hendrickson coryhenrickson@berkeley.net or Beatriz Ferrer-Castro beatrizferrercastr@berkeley.net


The majority of students will be placed in Math 1, a course covering algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. Some students may test into an accelerated version of Math 1. Math placement testing for students interested in placing into Advanced Math 1 will take place in the BHS library for all non-BUSD students on the following two dates:

Tuesday, April 25th, 3 pm

Monday, May 1st, 3 pm

Current BUSD students will take the placement test at their middle schools on April 25th.

Students do not need to register or to bring anything to the test except a pencil; calculators are not allowed. The test will take one hour. Placement results will be mailed home along with lottery assignments in mid to late May.

Families of students with IEPs or 504 plans requiring accommodations should send info to wynskeels@berkeley.net by Monday, April 17 if they have not already done so.

Additional Information
Freshmen orientation will take place in August 2017. 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.

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    August 19, 2017
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    Make-Up Registration for All Students
    August 24, 2017
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    Class of 2021 Orientation and Registration Last Names L-Z
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    First Day of School - No 0 Period
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