Arts and Humanities Academy Overview

Visit the AHA Web Site: aha.berkeleyschools.net

Lead Teacher: Mat Glaser

The Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) provides an innovative, equitable, rigorous academic and arts curriculum. Students use the lens of the arts to seek creative solutions to academic and artistic challenges. In the first two years, students broaden their artistic expertise by taking a selection of visual and performing arts classes. In the 11th and 12th grades, students pursue mastery in the discipline of their choice and design an arts-based internship in the community, applying their interests as both artist and scholars. Senior thesis projects include academic and artistic presentations.  AHA students may select their world language and PE classes from the many options offered in the elective programs. AP options are available in English, math, science and world languages.

AHA structures the core of our teaching on project-based learning and interdisciplinary endeavors. Classroom practices are creative and flexible, meeting the needs of all learners and building on the strengths of multiple intelligences. Students work collaboratively within an environment where the arts are the vehicle for creative and analytical thinking. We develop into members of society with the skills to write and think with our minds, create with our hands, express with our bodies, act and speak from our hearts, and inspire others to do the same.

AHA is ideal for Students who want to:

  • Graduate prepared for a 4-year college or university and continued pursuits in the arts
  • Be in a community that celebrates the arts
  • Collaborate with local artists and art institutions
  • Participate in a creative classroom atmosphere
  • Apply knowledge of the arts to a holistic understanding of the world
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    9th Grade Freshman Orientation (Donahue Gym + 54 classrooms)
    August 22, 2018
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Donahue Gym + 54 classrooms
    Football: JV Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: August 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Alameda
    Football: Varsity Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: August 24, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Alameda High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Alameda
    Golf: Girls All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: August 30, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Tilden Park
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Football: JV Game vs Foothill (Away)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: August 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Foothill
    Football: Varsity Game vs Foothill (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: August 31, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Foothill
    Golf: Girls All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 5, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Skywest Golf Course
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs San Lorenzo (Home)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Channing Way Courts
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Volleyball: Girls JV Game vs Hayward (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game vs Hayward (Home)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Football: JV Game vs Milpitas (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 7, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Milpitas
    Football: Varsity Game vs Milpitas (Home)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: September 7, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Milpitas