Enrolling New High School Students

1. Information Night 2013
2. The District Admission Process
3. Registration into Berkeley High
4. The Course/Lottery Selection Process
5. Campus Tours
6. Additional Information and Placement Tests

Berkeley High School’s Fall Information Night for incoming 9th grade families (2014-15) is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th2013 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): Wednesday, February 12th 2014 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 on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  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.

2. The District Admission Process

Current BUSD Students

Students from King, Longfellow, and Willard are already admitted into the District and will be automatically registered into Berkeley High. There is no need to contact either the Admissions office or Berkeley High School.  Parent meetings will take place at the middle schools from 6 to 7 p.m. on the following nights. Spanish translation will be available.

Longfellow, Feb. 18
King, Feb. 25
Willard, March 4

These meetings will be conducted by BHS administrators and are for parents from BUSD middle schools only. 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. Berkeley High will mail home the student selections for a final parental review before the student choices are entered in the lottery.

New to BUSD Students

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 644-6504.

3. Registration into Berkeley High

a) Pre-Admission: From January 16th, 2013 through February 18th, 2014, families must log on at https://berkeley.enrollments.us/StudentAdmissions201415.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.

b) Admission: In this step, parents/guardians must go to the Berkeley Unified School District Admissions Office at 2020 Bonar. Please bring the student’s birth certificate, and three original proofs of Berkeley residency. In addition, we request proof of immunization, student transcript or latest report card, and a completed BHS registration packet. Below, we will explain each item in greater detail.

a) Student’s Birth Certificate (Original, we will make a copy) Passports are not acceptable.

b) Three proofs of Berkeley residency in parent/guardian’s name The three proofs of residency must be recent (less than two months old) and must have the same address and parent/guardian’s name. All proofs must be current originals (dated within 2 months) imprinted with the name and current Berkeley address of the parent/guardian. If you have questionable documentation or do not have all of the required documentation, you will not be allowed to complete the process.

One Utility Bill (from the following list): PG&E, phone (non-cellular), EBMUD, garbage, internet or cable (must provide entire bill).


Two from the following list of categories. (Cannot be from the same category).

California Driver’s License or California ID
Current bank statement
Action letter from Social Services, CA State or federal offices
paycheck stub a letter from the employer on official company letterhead
Additional Utility Bill: PG&E, phone (non-cellular), EBMUD, garbage, internet or cable.
(Must provide entire bill)

c) Proof of immunization from health care provider.

d) Transcript from current school or latest report card.

e) Registration Packet. The registration packet will be available to be picked up at the Berkeley High School front January 7, 2013. You may also pick up a copy at the admissions office when you come to enroll your student. 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.
NEW – If you would like to print out your own registration packet, please click on the following links:

-BHS Registration Packet

-and the Health Center Form & Emergency Card in ENGLISH or SPANISH
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 Nancy Johnson in Room 5, or call her at 644-6529.

Bring the above documents to the BUSD Admissions Office on February 19-22. We advise new families to adhere to the following schedule to minimize wait times and help us manage the volume of students we must process in an efficient manner:

Last Names: Please come to Admissions on…

A-F Feb. 18 8:00-12 or 12:45-3:00
G-L Feb. 19 8:00-12 or 12:45-3:00
M-S Feb. 20 8:00-12 or 12:45-3:00
T-Z Feb. 21 8:00-12 or 12:45-3:00

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

4. The Course/Lottery Selection Process

New-to-BUSD Students who have completed the admission process by February 22, 2013 can make course and lottery requests in the BHS Library at 6 p.m. on the following three different dates. The process will take at least 1.5 hours. Please bring your Admission receipt on the night you make course and lottery requests.

March 3 — Last Name A-L
March 10 — Last Name M-Z
March 17 — 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 Berkeley High School.

All current BUSD middle school students and newly admitted students enrolled by February 22, 2013, 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 February 22, 2013, you must do so after MONDAY, APRIL 8 by visiting the Berkeley Admissions Office from 8:00-4:00. Students who are admitted into the District after MONDAY, APRIL 8 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 March 5, 12, or 19 (if they have registered with the BUSD by Feb. 22, 2013. (See below for students who register after Feb. 22.)

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.

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 tourswalk by classrooms–many of which have open doors –but they do not go into rooms for observation. The tours are not “orientationtours.” There are student-led tours for our incoming students in August during registration/orientation (August 20, 2012 date to be confirmed).  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.

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

Freshmen orientation will most likely take place August 21st. The first day of school will be August 27.  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

* The Language test will be on Saturday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. location is yet to be determined.

* 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 Tuesday April 8th at their school site.

For New-to-BUSD students the tests will be given in the BHS library at 3:00pm on Tuesday, April 8 and Monday, April 14. There will be a make-up test date on Monday, April 21.

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 21, 2014.

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