FAQ's

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Is Berkeley Hall School a religious school?

    Berkeley Hall is a nonsectarian school. Our commitment to education is rooted in the vision of the school's founders, Leila and Mabel Cooper, who as educators and students of Christian Science, were dedicated to developing the God-given potential in all children. Religion is not taught at Berkeley Hall, but a foundation of respect and love of good strengthens and supports all aspects of school life.

    Every week, we hold a brief school assembly for students in grades 1 through 8. Our Bobcat Assembly is a forum for Berkeley Hall's character education and focuses on our shared core values — responsibility, respect, honesty, and compassion. If any religious writings are referenced, it is with the goal of being inclusive and respectful of all religions. (A recent assembly was given by parents and students of Indian decent to explain the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali.) Parents often attend our weekly assembly.
  • May we apply our child without first visiting Berkeley Hall?

    Absolutely. However, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Admission Open Houses on a Sunday, an Admissions Coffee and Tour while school is in session, or a reception off campus to fully understand the value of a Berkeley Hall education. You may register for any of our on campus or off campus events by visiting our Admissions Events page.
  • How many spaces do you have at each entry level?

    We generally have:
    • 16 spaces in Nursery
    • 6-10 spaces for Kindergarten
    • 12-14 spaces for 6th grade
    • 8-10 spaces for 7th grade
    • 1-2 spaces at other grade levels depending solely on attrition
  • How many classes per grade do you have?

    Berkeley Hall has one class per grade for:
    • Nursery
    • Early Kindergarten
    • Kindergarten
    • 1st grade
    • 2nd grade
    • 3rd grade
    • 4th grade
    • 5th grade
    And two sections per grade for:
    • 6th grade
    • 7th grade
    • 8th grade
  • How many students per grade and how many teachers?  

    • Nursery – 16 students – lead teacher & assistant teacher
    • Early Kindergarten – 18 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • Kindergarten – 22 students – two lead teachers
    • 1st grade – 22 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • 2nd grade – 22 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • 3rd grade – 22 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • 4th grade22 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • 5th grade22 students – lead teacher & associate teacher
    • 6th grade – 32 students divided into two sections – two lead teachers in two classrooms
    • 7th grade – 36 students divided into two sections – 5 junior high teachers in 5 classrooms (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • 8th grade – 36 students divided into two sections – 5 junior high teachers in 5 classrooms (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)
  • Do you also have specialist teachers?

    We have specialist teachers for:
    • Art
    • Drama
    • Innovation/Technology
    • Library
    • Literacy/Writing Resource
    • Math Resource
    • Music
    • Science
    • Spanish
    • Physical Education
     
  • On what do you base your admission decisions and how important are the ISEE scores?

    At Berkeley Hall we educate the whole child, therefore we consider each applicant from that basis. Grades, teacher and administrative confidential recommendations, student visits/evaluations, interviews, standardized test scores and/or ISEE scores, and the student supplement to the application (4-8 grade only) are all the factors that our Admission Committee considers in making decisions. The standardized test scores or ISEE scores are just one piece of an applicant's file and do not determine solely whether an applicant will be accepted. We want to ensure that each student offered a space at Berkeley Hall has the ability to be successful in our program.
     
  • What about diversity?

    Berkeley Hall is a diverse learning community. By National Association of Independent School definition, the diversity of our student body is 46% for the 2017-2018 school year. To attract and support under-represented families of color, Berkeley Hall is a member of the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs.
  • What are school hours?

    Nursery, Early Kindergarten, and Kindergarten children start their school day at 8:30 a.m.
    1st through 8th grade students start classes at 8:00 a.m.
    Nursery through 8th grade end at 3:15 p.m.

  • Do you have a school lunch program?

    Yes, our school lunch provider Freshlunches offers healthy meals for our students. Taste-tested by students of all ages, Freshlunches meals are great tasting and follow high nutritional standards. The easy-to-use online ordering system allows students to participate in their lunch selection. All meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients. The lunch service provides a variety of meal options each day including vegetarian selections. Organic, Kosher, and Gluten-free selections are offered several times per week. Vegetables and fruits are served with every meal. Meals range in cost from $6.90 to $9.30. About two-thirds of Berkeley Hall students order regularly from Freshlunches. The rest bring lunch from home.
     
  • Do you offer bus transportation?

    Berkeley Hall School partners with Mirman School to provide bus service. We offer routes based on interest. Our bus company Missions Transportation currently runs these three routes:
    1. Palisades / Sunset route starts at Sunset and Swarthmore in the Palisades
    2. Los Angeles route with stop near the Beverly Center, in Beverly Hills, and in Holmby Park
    3. Santa Monica / San Vicente / Culver City route with stops at along Pico and San Vicente
    The bus service costs $3,300 per year round-trip. The buses are equipped with seat belts for every rider.

    Click here to see our current bus information and route schedules.
  • Do you offer before and after-school care?

    To accommodate parents' work schedules, children may be dropped as early as 7:15 a.m. at no extra cost. After-school care is free until 3:45 p.m. Extended day care (XDC) is available from 3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m for K-8 and until 5:30 p.m. for Nursery and Jr. Kindergarten students. Parents can purchase monthly XDC days according to their scheduling needs.
  • What about after-school enrichment program?

    To further offer a well-balanced experience to our students, Berkeley Hall offers a broad range of after-school activities on campus for students from Nursery to Eighth grade. Classes are taught by outside professionals and are only offered to current students at the school. If you would like to look at the schedule of classes available to our students, please click here.

    This year's ASEP offerings include:

    • Ballet
    • Being Da Vinci - Art, Science & Culture
    • BHS Junior Chef
    • Checkmate Chess
    • Cooking
    • Hip Hop, Breakdancing & Tumbling
    • Intro to Tennis
    • Karate
    • Lacrosse
    • Musical Theater
    • Professor Egghead
    • Rhythm & Percussion
    • Technology 101: Lego Robotics; Coding & Minecraft
    • Tennis Academy
    • Time & Place Etiquette Class
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.