Berkeley International High School is a small learning community within Berkeley High School, focusing on international studies for grades ten through twelve.
The three-year interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the study of nations: their cultures, history, artistic expression, and political, economic and belief systems. Students who graduate from the program develop a cultural awareness necessary for constructive relations and understanding with people of all nationalities. This interdisciplinary curriculum forms the core program of BIHS, and covers two or three periods of a student’s day. During the remaining periods, in addition to the option of taking electives during periods zero or seven, BIHS students select from the array of courses offered in the comprehensive school. Students thus have flexibility in taking elective classes while benefiting from a smaller school environment. Moreover, a more integrative program suits the BIHS curriculum, which emphasizes collaboration and the construction of knowledge through well-founded pedagogical principles that are most effectively implemented when supportive and trusting relationships exist among teachers and students who know each other well.
1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Principal: Erin Schweng
Vice Principal: Carrie Berg
Berkeley High School received authorization in February 2008 to become a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), which was founded in Geneva in 1968 and is a recognized leader in the field of international education. Students in BIHS have the option of becoming candidates for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which is recognized by many colleges and universities as the equivalent of one year of college. All students in BIHS are offered the same rigorous curricula.
The IB supports schools and teachers to provide a rigorous, high-quality education, offering professional development that improves pedagogy and leadership.
IB programmes challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement.