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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    Black Girls Rise
    November 20, 2018
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Room D218
    Basketball: Boys F/S Foundation Game vs El Camino (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Camino
    Basketball: Boys JV Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
    Basketball: Boys Varsity Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
    Open Gym Basketball (Jacket Gym)
    November 21, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    Jacket Gym
    Friday Music (Courtyard)
    November 23, 2018
    11:20 am - 12:20 pm
    Courtyard
    Dreamer Project (CCC)
    November 23, 2018
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    CCC
    Basketball: Girls Freshman Game vs Skyline (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
    Basketball: Girls JV Game vs Salesian (Home)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Salesian
    Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs Skyline (Home)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
    Soccer: Boys JV Scrimmage vs Oakland Technical (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Oakland Technical
    BSEP Committee: Library
    November 26, 2018
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm