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Archway School

Private | 5-8 | 40 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $549,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,510.

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Posted February 10, 2014

This is our son's first year at Archway and the transition has been excellent for him. He has definitely benefited from the small class size, the adaptable teaching approach and the hands-on environment. He comes home excited about learning and has gained more confidence in his academic skills - which I attribute largely to a teaching staff that is dedicated, engaged and focused on the kids. I also like that they are getting exposure to off-site learning - like PE at the Berkeley YMCA. We're very pleased.
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Posted February 9, 2014

Archway is an extraordinary small school in North Berkeley. My son has been inspired and excited by his classes and his teachers (who are rock stars, every one). They really understand middle school kids here, and know how to keep them engaged and learning (no easy task). We are particularly pleased that the school is intimate enough so that all of the teachers and students know each other (my son has friends in all the grades, not just his own). Because of the small class size, the teachers are able to give extra help or more challenging work, depending on what's appropriate. This means that my son is really *learning* the material. Also, at a small school, every student shines, even the shy ones. The parent community is warm and caring, too, which is an added plus. Archway's been a great experience for our son.
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Posted February 6, 2014

Archway is simply an amazing school. We transferred our daughter to Archway from our (good) local public school in 6th grade, where she had been receiving little individualized attention, the teaching was uninspired, and where we frequently felt that because she was quiet and well-behaved, she got lost in the crowd. She generally disliked school, despite having many good friends there. Archway has made a HUGE difference for my daughter. It is remarkable to see how confident and happy she has become. The teachers are simply amazing (every single one) and the school prides itself on empowering each student and addressing their individual needs. Many schools state that they offer project-based learning, but Archway stands out as a school that does this exceptionally well. The school environment is warm, friendly, and supportive. It has a great location - in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley - and the kids have opportunities to explore the community on field trips (of which there are many - both local walking trips and bus trips further out). Archway has been nothing short of amazing for our daughter. We are so happy to have found this school.
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Posted January 29, 2014

I have had two children at Archway School; very different kids but Archway has been great for both of them. One had specific learning challenges and the other did not. Since classes are small (under 16) the teachers focus on knowing each child individually and teach to their strengths and weaknesses. They're accessible to parents, as is the head of school, for talking through any issue that comes up. Very supportive and highly attuned to kids' and parents' needs. Lots of focus on hands-on projects and "real-world" lessons that make the subject matter more fun and interesting. Though small, it's very diverse. Nice facility, too, with bright classrooms, gym, kitchen. May be the best kept secret among middle schools in the East Bay.
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Posted October 16, 2013

Archway is like no other middle school in the area. The very small class size creates am close relationships; teachers REALLY know your child. Hands -on, project-based learning --- for what child is that NOT best? My daughter was invisible in public school. At Archway she thrives, works hards and feels rewarded. A few years ago Archway was in disarray, but the current Head of School recruited an extraordinary team of masterful teachers and we couldn't be happier. My older children attended Prospect Sierra, another fabulous school, I for this child prospect was too boisterous and overwhelming. Archway is the perfect fit.
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Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Bruce Shoup
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • CAIS
  • NAIS
  • SSS
Fax number
  • (510) 849-4740

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
  • progressive
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$18000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Saint Mary's High School
Bishop O'Dowd
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1940 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Phone: (510) 849-4747

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