Berkeley High

Summary:

Berkeley High is a large public high school serving 3,204 students in grades 9-12, located in Berkeley, California. As part of the Berkeley Unified School District, which is ranked 200 out of 1,560 districts in the state, Berkeley High has consistently performed well academically, ranking in the top 15% of California high schools in recent years.

One of the key factors that sets Berkeley High apart is its racial diversity, with a student population that is 42.85% White, 11.55% African American, 22% Hispanic, 8.15% Asian, and 14.98% two or more races. This diversity is significantly higher than nearby schools like McClymonds High, which has a student population that is 77.22% African American, and Oakland International High, which is 76.68% Hispanic. Berkeley High's academic performance and graduation rates also exceed those of nearby Oakland Unified schools, with a four-year graduation rate ranging from 87.8% to 93.1% over the past five years.

While Berkeley High's diversity and academic success are impressive, the school still faces some challenges, such as significant achievement gaps between different racial groups and a relatively high rate of chronic absenteeism. However, the school's strong community support and engagement, as well as its wide range of extracurricular activities, suggest that Berkeley High is well-positioned to continue supporting the academic and personal growth of its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1980 Allston Way
       Berkeley, CA  94704-1463


(510) 644-6120

District: Berkeley Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
262nd of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,926 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.8 Help
Number of students:  3,204

Racial breakdown:

White:
42.9%
Hispanic:
22.0%
Two or more races:
15.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Berkeley High ranks better than 88.8% of high schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 83.5. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Berkeley High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Berkeley High is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (42.9%), Hispanic (22%), two or more races (15%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Berkeley High is 17.8. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Berkeley High is $8,926.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Berkeley High:

SchoolDigger ranks Berkeley High 262nd of 2346 California public high schools. (See Berkeley High in the ranking list.)

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Berkeley Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Berkeley Unified 200th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Berkeley High

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Rank History for all students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 60.92 327th 1653 80.2%
2005 53.78 521st 1901 72.6%
2006 50.75 622nd 1968 68.4%
2007 48.59 688th 2063 66.7%
2008 47.61 723rd 2117 65.8%
2009 47.47 806th 2238 64.0%
2010 41.22 985th 2281 56.8%
2011 38.56 1096th 2367 53.7%
2012 41.65 1012th 2354 57.0%
2013 47.72 847th 2426 65.1%
2015 79.34 375th 1994 81.2%
2016 85.01 287th 2039 85.9%
2017 71.94 559th 2021 72.3%
2018 86.73 269th 2017 86.7%
2019 83.74 295th 2133 86.2%
2021 97.58 20th 1290 98.4%
2022 87.77 234th 2123 89.0%
2023 83.50 261st 2335 88.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.11 112th 366 69.4%
2019 69.45 123rd 422 70.9%
2022 64.10 180th 515 65.0%
2023 63.91 224th 780 71.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.32 898th 938 4.3%
2019 62.29 170th 941 81.9%
2022 50.94 314th 1044 69.9%
2023 55.24 194th 1315 85.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 50.74 457th 1539 70.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.03 648th 1862 65.2%
2019 65.04 556th 1937 71.3%
2022 64.74 548th 1943 71.8%
2023 54.29 765th 2237 65.8%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 63.86 111th 417 73.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.89 274th 1760 84.4%
2019 90.65 151st 1833 91.8%
2021 94.80 42nd 1054 96.0%
2022 87.53 211th 1858 88.6%
2023 80.64 288th 2106 86.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.84 504th 1052 52.1%
2019 81.37 127th 1117 88.6%
2022 59.29 288th 1161 75.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.07 263rd 1834 85.7%
2019 84.82 252nd 1880 86.6%
2021 98.54 16th 1122 98.6%
2022 85.38 238th 1916 87.6%
2023 83.16 260th 2195 88.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.12 326th 581 43.9%
2019 33.03 424th 582 27.1%
2022 41.65 363rd 581 37.5%
2023 36.87 490th 727 32.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.71 253rd 582 56.5%
2019 62.72 167th 592 71.8%
2022 47.26 228th 522 56.3%
2023 29.71 487th 713 31.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.46 526th 1742 69.8%
2019 83.94 200th 1814 89.0%
2022 77.79 300th 1861 83.9%
2023 76.36 311th 2132 85.4%
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Rank History for White students at Berkeley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.15 84th 1173 92.8%
2019 94.79 32nd 1222 97.4%
2022 88.82 95th 1204 92.1%
2023 83.66 132nd 1424 90.7%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: California Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Berkeley High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1343 984 298 144 19 n/a n/a 0 2788
1989 1203 794 265 155 17 n/a n/a 0 2434
1990 1100 931 285 204 12 n/a n/a 0 2532
1991 1041 868 293 200 11 n/a n/a 0 2413
1992 1008 930 262 235 5 n/a n/a 0 2440
1993 972 959 247 235 8 n/a n/a 0 2421
1994 931 1019 250 223 10 n/a n/a 0 2433
1995 1079 968 299 276 8 n/a n/a 0 2630
1996 1079 968 299 276 8 n/a n/a 0 2630
1997 1147 1016 352 311 13 n/a n/a 0 2839
1998 1243 1081 355 333 13 n/a n/a 0 3025
1999 1240 1118 334 319 10 n/a n/a 103 3124
2000 1229 1223 333 353 15 n/a n/a 162 3315
2001 1127 1089 285 353 12 n/a n/a 587 3453
2002 1170 1034 262 383 12 n/a n/a 360 3221
2003 1170 1034 262 383 12 n/a n/a 360 3221
2004 1133 834 251 361 9 n/a n/a 393 2981
2005 1101 952 270 372 6 n/a n/a 405 3106
2006 1188 1068 273 428 12 n/a n/a 471 3440
2007 1136 1015 286 445 10 n/a n/a 492 3384
2008 1103 961 269 444 7 n/a n/a 0 2784
2009 1109 920 263 445 6 9 577 0 3329
2010 1099 868 296 614 10 7 455 0 3349
2011 1154 829 312 636 12 7 467 0 3417
2012 1030 740 296 597 11 6 525 0 3205
2013 1168 688 303 664 10 7 336 0 3176
2014 1188 663 290 658 11 5 330 0 3145
2015 1235 631 288 688 6 7 327 0 3182
2016 1230 576 295 667 11 6 328 0 3113
2017 1206 513 274 665 7 8 345 0 3018
2018 1257 463 273 731 7 11 375 0 3117
2019 1324 430 275 698 6 9 412 0 3154
2020 1371 413 262 721 3 6 479 0 3255
2021 1379 401 301 692 11 5 467 1 3257
2022 1399 400 251 672 11 2 485 2 3222
2023 1373 370 261 705 8 3 480 4 3204

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Berkeley High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2788 137.3 20.3 n/a
1989 2434 131.7 18.4 n/a
1990 2532 131.6 19.2 n/a
1991 2413 131.2 18.3 n/a
1992 2440 133.3 18.3 6.4
1993 2421 131.1 18.5 6.4
1994 2433 130.7 18.6 6.5
1995 2630 128.7 20.4 6.8
1996 2630 128.7 20.4 6.8
1997 2839 132.0 21.5 7.6
1998 3025 140.9 21.5 5.7
1999 3124 156.1 20.0 10.1
2000 3315 173.4 19.1 13.9
2001 3453 167.5 20.6 6.5
2002 3221 149.6 21.5 19.2
2003 3221 149.6 21.5 19.2
2004 2981 134.2 22.2 31.9
2005 3106 131.0 23.7 26.7
2006 3440 160.2 21.5 30.9
2007 3384 157.4 21.5 31.3
2008 2784 193.7 14.4 33.6
2009 3329 170.1 16.5 25.6
2010 3349 169.1 19.8 28.9
2011 3417 n/a n/a 32
2012 3205 170.5 18.7 n/a
2013 3176 162.4 19.5 29.2
2014 3145 162.4 19.3 32
2015 3182 167.0 19.0 29.4
2016 3113 169.0 18.4 27.7
2017 3018 162.4 18.5 27.9
2018 3117 153.4 20.3 28.4
2019 3154 162.3 19.4 26.1
2020 3255 n/a n/a 24.5
2021 3257 169.9 19.1 24.4
2022 3222 167.6 19.2 29
2023 3204 179.3 17.8 23

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Berkeley High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2788 137.3 20.3 n/a
1989 2434 131.7 18.4 n/a
1990 2532 131.6 19.2 n/a
1991 2413 131.2 18.3 n/a
1992 2440 133.3 18.3 6.4
1993 2421 131.1 18.5 6.4
1994 2433 130.7 18.6 6.5
1995 2630 128.7 20.4 6.8
1996 2630 128.7 20.4 6.8
1997 2839 132.0 21.5 7.6
1998 3025 140.9 21.5 5.7
1999 3124 156.1 20.0 10.1
2000 3315 173.4 19.1 13.9
2001 3453 167.5 20.6 6.5
2002 3221 149.6 21.5 19.2
2003 3221 149.6 21.5 19.2
2004 2981 134.2 22.2 31.9
2005 3106 131.0 23.7 26.7
2006 3440 160.2 21.5 30.9
2007 3384 157.4 21.5 31.3
2008 2784 193.7 14.4 33.6
2009 3329 170.1 16.5 25.6
2010 3349 169.1 19.8 28.9
2011 3417 n/a n/a 32
2012 3205 170.5 18.7 n/a
2013 3176 162.4 19.5 29.2
2014 3145 162.4 19.3 32
2015 3182 167.0 19.0 29.4
2016 3113 169.0 18.4 27.7
2017 3018 162.4 18.5 27.9
2018 3117 153.4 20.3 28.4
2019 3154 162.3 19.4 26.1
2020 3255 n/a n/a 24.5
2021 3257 169.9 19.1 24.4
2022 3222 167.6 19.2 29
2023 3204 179.3 17.8 23

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Berkeley High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,926

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Berkeley High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 295th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 261st of 2335 High schools
 2.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Berkeley High)75.358
 17.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Berkeley Unified)7557
 18%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley High)52.149.8
 2.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley Unified)5248.5
 3.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Berkeley High)50.854.3
 3.4%
   11th Grade Science (Berkeley Unified)50.853.1
 2.3%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Berkeley High)2540.7
 15.7%
   12th Grade Science (Berkeley Unified)23.339.8
 16.5%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students31543204
 1.6%
African American430370
 14%
American Indian68
 33.3%
Asian275261
 5.1%
Hispanic698705
 1%
Pacific Islander93
 66.7%
White13241373
 3.7%
Two or More Races412480
 16.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients26.1%23%
 3.1%


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Students at Berkeley High are 43% White, 22% Hispanic, 15% Two or more races, 12% African American, 8% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 3,204 students attended Berkeley High.

Berkeley High ranks 262nd of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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