At Berkeley Hall, junior high school students are the leaders and role models that our younger students look up to and seek to emulate. They are the officers in our Student Council, serve as the senior leaders in our theatrical and musical productions, engage in our mock trial program in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and participate in our outdoor education trips to Yosemite and the Pali Institute, as well day trips to The Museum of Tolerance and Mt. High for a day of skiing/snowboarding, along with other wonderful experiential learning opportunities.
Our environment and culture help instill self-confidence and create student leaders. This is because, at Berkeley Hall, junior high school students are at the top of the pyramid, rather than at the bottom as in a 7th – 12th grade structure.
Not surprisingly, both research and experience have confirmed the value of a Berkeley Hall education – which is characterized by interdisciplinary teaching, a personalized, student-centered approach, cooperative group work, rigorous academic and character education programs, and ongoing interactions with caring, supportive, attentive teachers – who are well-suited to teaching students in their “tween” and early teenage years.
When our graduates leave us, they are fully prepared to assume leadership roles at their respective high schools and beyond.