Visit the Academic Choice Web Site: http://ac.berkeleyschools.net/
Lead Teachers: Brooke McKinney and Joseph Smith
Academic Choice (AC) offers a core curriculum while allowing access to the full range of African American Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, Physical Education and World Language classes available at Berkeley High School. The typical Academic Choice humanities class follows a seminar approach that encourages intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and a close working relationship between student and teacher.
AC courses provide:
a. Strategies that invite students to ask questions and draw inferences
b. Development of techniques for critical reading and analytic writing
c. Encouragement of different levels of questioning
d. Synthesis of perspectives from different points of view
e. Development of strong written and verbal argumentation
Consistent with our objective of offering a variety of quality choices to meet the needs of a diverse community, the AC seeks to prepare students to be eligible for continued education beyond high school, and to help prepare students with a strong foundation for the university classroom. Our teaching strategies reflect rigor and an awareness of a variety of learning styles. We are committed to arming our students with the skills and drive to be life-long learners and critical thinkers.