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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    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Home)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA Comments: Jacket Invitational
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Contra Costa College
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA
    American University (pd 1)
    September 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Columbia College (pd. 4)
    September 24, 2018
    1:09 pm - 1:52 pm
    CCC D-221
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (pd. 6)
    September 24, 2018
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Hockey: Girls Varsity Game vs Lick-Wilmerding (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Lick Wilmerding High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Lick-Wilmerding
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    Water Polo: Girls JV Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    AHA Classes (pds. 1-2)
    September 25, 2018
    8:30 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Vanderbilt University (pd. 4)
    September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs Hayward (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Freshman Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro