Arts and Humanities Academy Overview

Visit the AHA Web Site: aha.berkeleyschools.net

Lead Teachers: Devon Brewer and Shanon Erby

The Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA), a learning community within Berkeley High School, provides an innovative, rigorous academic and arts curriculum. As a community of artists and scholars, AHA students use the lens of the arts to seek creative solutions to academic and artistic challenges. The curriculum focuses on AHA’s Three Guiding Questions:

• How are we scholarly in our art making and artistic in our scholarship?
• How can we use critique to grow as artists and people?
• How can we both reflect and affect our environment through art?

AHA students learn by doing. Interdisciplinary projects structure the core of AHA’s educational philosophy, combining Arts, Humanities and Science curricula. Emphasizing collaborative work, student responsibility and critical thinking, these projects inspire high levels of achievement by linking student interest in the arts to all aspects of their education. Students emerge as seniors with a holistic understanding of their environment and the surrounding world.  Critical thinking skills are vital to our students’ development as responsible citizens. AHA teaches a school-wide approach to critique, applying the Studio Habits of Mind throughout the curriculum. Through these consistent reflections, students become adept at analyzing an artistic or academic problem from multiple perspectives: experiential, literal, interpretive, thematic and evaluative. Mastering this skill of critical reflection, AHA students become life long learners and contributing community members.

With just sixty students per grade, students quickly feel the benefits of a smaller school setting. Throughout their three years, AHA students study science, English, history, math and the arts within the learning community; they select world language and physical education courses from the many options from individual departments. Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses are available in the arts, English, science, math and world language. AHA courses meet the California Content Standards and most meet the UC/CSU entrance requirements; students graduate from AHA prepared for success in a college or university and continued pursuits in the arts.

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    Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs Modesto Christian (Away)
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 21, 2019 - 10:00 am
    Location: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Modesto Christian
    Soccer: Boys Freshman Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: January 21, 2019 - 11:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
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    January 22, 2019
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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    Soccer: Girls JV Game vs Mt. Eden (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Mt. Eden
    Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs Mt. Eden (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2019 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Mt. Eden
    Open Gym Basketball (Jacket Gym)
    January 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
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    Soccer: Boys JV Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Basketball: Boys JV Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Basketball: Girls JV Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Preseason Coaches' Meeting vs Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro, Tennyson
    Swimming: All Levels Preseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson