Visual & Performing Arts

Lead Teacher: Kimberley D’Adamo

Visual & Performing Arts Staff

Arts programs are a vital component of a well-rounded education for all students. Berkeley High’s Arts programs provide excellent preparation for the student who plans to focus on the arts in college or career. The BHS community believes that art courses benefit all students because the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking.

The California Department of Education published data that solidly supports art education for all students. An excerpt: “Research shows that students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT. According to the College Board, 1995 SAT scores for students who studied the arts for more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math portion than students with no course work or experience in the arts.”

The four art disciplines of the BHS Arts Department: Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts, cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications. Almost all classes fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts requirements for BHS and UC/CSU eligibility. Art electives are year-long classes. Offerings may vary yearto-year, dependent on student sign-up. Students should provide first and second choices and may not receive their first choice.

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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
    Black Girls Rise
    January 22, 2019
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Room D218
    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
    Jacket Gym
    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