Enrolling New High School Students

  1. Fall and Winter Information Nights for 2016-2017
  2. Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night
  3. BHS etree
  4. General Information on Enrolling at Berkeley High School
  5. The District Admission Process for Current BUSD students
  6. The District Admission Process for New to BUSD students
  7. The Course/Lottery Selection Process
  8. High School Campus Tours
  9. Math & Language Placement Tests
  10. Additional Information

Fall Information Night – dude!!

Berkeley High School Information Night for incoming 9th grade families is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 7-8 p.m., in 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 district processes, and features a panel with various members of the BHS Administration and community.

Our Winter Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in the Community Theater. The event starts promptly at 7:00. This is not a repeat of the Fall Info Night

Winter Info Night is an essential step in the process of signing up for classes at BHS. Representatives from our five learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions. We will also have information tables for Student Activities, Athletics, Families of Students with IEPs, the College and Career Center, Math, World Language, and Visual and Performing Arts departments. Course Catalogues and Choices Brochures for the 2016-2017 school year will be provided on this night. Students (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to attend.

Music, Dance & Theater Departments Information Night

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

There will be an Information Night for Incoming 9th Graders in late January or early February.

BHS etree

Berkeley High has a listserv which posts the Student Daily Bulletin, College Advisors Bulletin, news and volunteer opportunities. The parent-run effort works closely with the administration in order to insure accuracy. To subscribe to the BHS etree please send an email to bhs-request@lmi.net with one word only in the subject line: subscribe.

General Information on Enrolling at Berkeley High School

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

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.

The enrollment deadline for Berkeley High School to participate in the first learning community assignment lottery will be announced later in the year.  It will likely be in late February. Students who have not been admitted to BUSD by that deadline can apply to the District and Berkeley High School for enrollment again after the second high school admission round starting in later March.  Another lottery run will take place for these students and they will be placed in a learning community based on space available.

Whether you are already enrolled in a BUSD middle school or are a non-BUSD student enrolling in the district in late February, you will enter the BHS lottery at the same time. As long as new families are enrolled in the District by the late February deadline, you will be given the same priority in the BHS lottery.

Enrollment is complete when you receive an enrollment receipt and have submitted a completed BHS registration packet.

District Admission Process for Current BUSD Students: (King, Longfellow, and Willard)

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

There will be parent informational meetings at the middle schools. 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 BUSD Middle Schools to gather course and learning community requests from students. Berkeley High will mail home the student selections for a final parental review before the student choices are entered in the lottery.

King — TBD

Longfellow — TBD

Willard — TBD

District Admission Process for NEW to BUSD Students

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

Students who are new to the district must first be admitted into the district before they can register with Berkeley High and make lottery or course requests.  Entering into Berkeley High is a multi-step process. This process is only for Berkeley residents. Information regarding inter-district transfers can be obtained from the Admissions Office at 510-644-6504.


From late January  through mid-February. Families must log on at https://berkeley.enrollments.us/StudentAdmissions201617.aspx to begin the admission process in the District. If you do not have web access or have questions, you may use a computer on the BHS campus at the Parent Resource Center. Go to Berkeley High School, check in as a visitor at the front desk, and they will direct you to the Parent Resource Center to enter your information. Pre-Admission is required for admission.


In this step, parents/guardians must go to the Berkeley Unified School District Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar. Please bring the following documents:

  1. Student’s Birth Certificate (Original, we will make a copy.) Passports are not acceptable.
  2. Parent’s Government Issued Photo Identification (California ID or Driver’s License).
  3. Declaration of Residency
  4. Three proofs of Berkeley residency in parent/guardian’s name. Review the required enrollment documentation here.
  5. Proof of immunization from health care provider.
  6. Transcript from current school or latest report card.

Registration Packet. The registration packet will be available to be picked up at the Berkeley High School front desk beginning in February 2015. You may also pick up a copy at the admissions office when you come to enroll your student, or you may print out your registration packet here:

Please plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes completing the registration packet. You will also need to bring contact information for doctors, dentist and emergency contact information.

Students residing with anyone other than their parents must also complete a Caregiver Form. Forms are available at the Admissions Office. Homeless families should contact Sophina Jones at 644-6529.

Bring the above documents to the BUSD Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar based on the schedule we will provide in January.

Admission is complete when you have provided the appropriate documents, received an admission receipt, and submitted a completed registration packet.

Whether you are already enrolled in a BUSD middle school or are a newly admitted student enrolling in the district by late February you will enter the BHS lottery at the same time.

The Course/Lottery Selection Process

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)

New-to-BUSD Students who have completed the admission process by late February, can make course and lottery requests in the BHS Library at three different dates that will be announced later in the year. The process will take at least 1.5 hours. Please bring your Admission receipt on the night you make course and lottery requests.

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 Berkeley High School.

All current BUSD middle school students and newly admitted students enrolled by late February, will enter the BHS lottery at the same time and be given the same priority in the BHS lottery. If you have not been admitted into the Berkeley Unified School District by late February, you must do so after late March by visiting the Berkeley Admissions Office (2020 Bonar Street) from 8:00-4:00. Students who are admitted into the District after late March will be in the second round of the lottery.

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 Feb. 23)

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

(Specific dates and times have yet to be established for this event)


Berkeley High offers five world languages: Spanish, French, Kiswahili, Mandarin and Latin.  New-to-BUSD students who wish to enroll in in a level other than beginning must take a placement test that will be offered sometime in April 2016.  There is no language placement test for students who enroll in the beginning level of any of the five languages. Placement for Longfellow, King, and Willard students currently studying French or Spanish will be determined by their current teacher.

If you are unable to attend in April, we will also offer the exam in late August. The exam will be given on the second floor of the M building – located off Milvia above Channing. Please email coryhenrickson@berkeley.net with questions.


The Math Placement process for incoming 9th grade students is undergoing some key changes as BHS prepares to implement a new course progression aligned with the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

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. Students who are interested in taking the test for Advanced Math 1 or Honors Algebra 2 (if they are currently taking Geometry) need to come to the BHS library on one of two testing days in mid-April that have yet to be determined.  The test will be approximately 45 minutes. Additional time for students who receive accommodations will be provided. Please email documentation of the accommodations needed to erinschweng@berkeley.net before mid-April.


Additional Information

Freshmen orientation will take place in August 2016.   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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    November 26, 2015

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    Soccer: Boys Freshman Game

    Starts: 11:00 am

    Ends: 11:00 am, November 28, 2015

    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium

    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Dublin Comments: Frosh game

    November 30, 2015

    NHS Lunch Meeting

    Starts: 11:38 am

    Ends: 12:18 pm, November 30, 2015

    Location: BHS College & Career

    Soccer: Boys Freshman Game

    Starts: 3:30 pm

    Ends: 3:30 pm, November 30, 2015

    Location: Amador Valley High School

    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Away vs. Amador Valley Comments:

    Soccer: Boys JV Game

    Starts: 4:00 pm

    Ends: 4:00 pm, November 30, 2015

    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium

    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: James Logan Comments:

    Soccer: Boys Varsity Game

    Starts: 6:00 pm

    Ends: 6:00 pm, November 30, 2015

    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium

    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: James Logan Comments:

    December 1, 2015

    Basketball: Boys JV Game

    Starts: 5:30 pm

    Ends: 5:30 pm, December 1, 2015

    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym

    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline Comments:

    BIHS 9th grade Info. Night (Library)

    Starts: 6:30 pm

    Ends: 8:30 pm

    Location: Library

    Description: 9th grade night for BIHS families.
    Event Contact Name: Janelle