Berkeley High School

School Safety Committee and BHS Administration work to revise the safety plan amid community concern


“The school safety plan is an official document that lists all procedures that need to be followed in case of an emergency,” Liliana Cardile, a Berkeley High School parent and reporter of the BHS School Safety Committee, said.

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Testing costs lead to financial strain,  adjustment  is needed


Around 60 percent of all students at Berkeley High School take an Advanced Placement exam each year. These exams are quite expensive for many students, as some may want to take more than one exam.

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Extracurriculars lead to personal growth 


Getting into college is becoming harder and harder. With prestigious colleges often averaging less than a 10 percent acceptance rate, students may feel the need to take as many AP classes as they can and get the best grades possible, in order to maximize their chances of acceptance.

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BHS admin strive towards comprehensive ADA accessibility


When the fire alarm sounds, thousands of Berkeley High School students flood through crowded hallways, with little more than a few inches separating bodies.

The diversity of BHS stands out as one of its defining features for transfer students

BHS transfer students on the unique qualities of Berkeley High


Every year, students from private middle schools and neighboring school districts face a decision to either continue their education in their current school district or private school, or transfer to a different district that would better fit their needs.

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BHS Mural Club promotes re-use center


“It was a really fun experience, painting and designing something that everyone can see and enjoy,” said Taylor Kelso, a freshman at Berkeley High School.  During February 18-20, 2023, the BHS mural club painted a mural aimed towards promoting re-use at BHS according to the club’s president, Carina Nottingham.  “We were inspired by the beautiful

Martin wrote the book with her father.

‘Freedom! The Black Panther Party’ authors present at library


On March 2, the writers of the novel “Freedom! The story of the Black Panther Party,”  Jetta Grace Martin and her father, Waldo E. Martin, presented at the Berkeley High School library.

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BHS Robotics reaches semifinals at FIRST Canada Competition


​​From Feb. 28 to March 4, Team Berkelium, Berkeley High School’s robotics team, traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to participate in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Canada Competition.

BHS Community Theater set to open in May


On January 3, the A Building reopened, but construction on the Community Theater has continued since. The theater first went under construction in the summer of 2020.

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BHS should require community service hours for the benefit of all


Some high schools across the country require students to complete a certain amount of community service in order to graduate. However, at Berkeley High School, students do not have to complete this requirement.

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March's endless grind: How to manage it


Nothing happens in March. Though home to Women’s History Month, St. Patricks Day, and the National Latin exam, the thing that makes March secretly unique is the fact that there are zero non-weekend days off throughout the month, leaving Berkeley High School students endlessly wandering the halls for five-day weeks and yearning for the weekends.

Data from the California Deparment of Education dashboard on student achievement.

Dept. of  Education releases dashboard on student achievement


On December 15, the California Department of Education released the 2022 California School Dashboard, according to a Berkeley Unified School District press release.

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Electives are crucial for student growth


Cambridge Dictionary defines the word “elective” as “a subject that someone chooses to study, in addition to the subjects that they have to study.” Berkeley High School has offered elective courses for years, and as long as schools continue to give students the freedom to select certain classes, students will

Students work on homework in the BHS Black Scholars Center

Black Scholars Center expands, gains growth in attendance


The Black Scholars Center at Berkeley High School hosts students on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, during seventh period in M-110, to offer academic support in a community based environment.

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BUSD’s staff parking garage proposal should be re-evaluated


In November of 2020, Berkeley Unified School District announced its plans to construct a triple-story staff parking garage, topped with a Berkeley High School tennis court.

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Toxic masculinity on campus harms entire BHS community


A diverse and random sample of 100 Berkeley High School students from all grades and Small Learning Communities were asked to answer “Yes” or “No” to “Does BHS have a toxic masculinity issue?” Of the people surveyed, 69 percent responded with “Yes,” asserting that it is an issue at BHS, while the other 31 percent

Teachers sometimes allow students to spend class outside.

Alternative teaching styles benefit students


High school field trips are growing more and more common, as opposed to traditional classroom learning. Since the pandemic, student engagement has plummeted, with 50 percent of students reporting that they are less motivated, according to a recent study conducted by the EdWeek Research Center.

Aryn Faur assists students in the MLP.

MLP must exist in schools across the U.S.


When navigating the treacherous river of high school, there are a lot of things to think about: social cliques, grades, extracurriculars, college applications, and so much more.