At The Berkeley School, students from Pre-K to 8th grade are actively learning what it means to be a member of their school, their local community and the world. Filtered through the lens of civic engagement, students’ academic experience is intertwined with their social and emotional development. Alongside a strong curriculum are key conflict-resolution opportunities, empathy-developing role playing, and student-led community campaigns, all of which reinforce that what matters in education matters in life.
Our emphasis on equity and inclusion creates a culture of belonging, and we strive through anti-bias practices and policies to create a space where students feel “seen and supported” to become their best selves. Our emphasis on academic rigor creates a culture of lifelong learning. Students who graduate from The Berkeley School are uniquely prepared to navigate the complexities of a changing world.
On Our Early Childhood Campus
Peace Education is at the heart of Maria Montessori’s philosophy, which holds that fostering peace for the individual leads to a peaceful society. The Early Childhood Campus (ECC) builds and expands the Montessori philosophy by teaching children about identity and diversity through the study of geography, culture, music, art, and literature. Children celebrate and build a sense of belonging by recognizing the ways in which they are similar and different, and learning that being different is a good thing. The ECC holds a Kindness Festival each spring, to build inclusive communities by recognizing and making visible the many kind things people do all the time.
Our ECC five year olds, through the Explorers program, partner with The Berkeley Food Pantry, visit them to understand how they meet the needs of those who facing food insecurity in the Berkeley and Albany communities, raise awareness, and provide groceries to them through food drives.
In Our Elementary Division
In Our Middle School
WE Day Club
WE Club is an elective middle school club for students interested in developing their own passions in the area of service learning. Participants build student leadership skills and agency in the area of service learning. The learning outcomes are: civic engagement, empathy, awareness, and care for diverse communities and cultures, and ability to meet real community needs.
K - 8 Campus
1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Early Childhood Campus
2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709