Communication Arts and Sciences Overview

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Lead Teachers: Ashley Daly and Max Wheeler

Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) was founded in 1997 by teachers and families who had the goal of tapping into the rich diversity of Berkeley High students to create a heterogeneous learning community of 240 self-directed and independent learners. Distinguished by its focus on critical thinking, social justice, media literacy, and service learning, CAS offers an academically rigorous course of study and trains its students to communicate effectively in both print and electronic media through curriculum built around experiential learning – learning by doing. In addition to traditional forms of expression like fiction, essays, lab reports and research papers, students create their own videos, podcasts and print projects, and they travel to museums, theaters, cultural centers, colleges and to countries like Cuba, Mexico and Viet Nam.

When students commit to the four-year CAS curriculum, they voluntarily give up the safety of homogeneous learning and learn how to communicate, collaborate and excel within a diverse community. The curriculum and the faculty ensure an atmosphere of academic rigor while facilitating and respecting different learning styles and cultural experiences. To excel in CAS, a student must meet the dual challenges of intellectual mastery and effective communication in the classroom and in the larger world.

CAS is ideal for students who want to:

  • Be prepared for a 4-year college or university
  • Learn to build a close community with other students and teachers in a more personal setting
  • Incorporate real world experiences into their high school education
  • Experience hands-on application of all modern communication media and integrate this with academic classes
  • Explore issues of social justice, social change and social responsibility
  • Plan not only for college but for life
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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