Amazing property, nice teachers, caring staff....weak academics. Kids are bored, teachers are uninspired and teach the same boring projects that put kids to sleep. Sports-- forget it. They can't hire real coaches bc they have to be from the church. We had to leave. Too bad bc the heart of this school is wonderful.
My son entered Berkeley Hall in 7th grade, and while most parents opt to have their kids settled in a school that offers high school,(so they don't have to do the application process again) we felt that our son needed the two extra years to become the student he is today. The teachers are nurtuting yet challenging. They are always available to answer questions, and are truly invested in making sure each child is grasping and excelling in the ciriculum. If a child is advanced in a topic, the instructor makes sure to give advanced coursework and assignments to keep them motivated and engaged. Dr. Staley is wonderful, and leads the school from both an educator and a parent perspective. The director of admissions, Nathalie, is equally fantastic, and is not only involved in admitting the students, but is instrumental in high school outplacement. Dr. Staley goes the extra step in preparing these middle school kids for high school by actually prepping them for their high school interviews--meeting individually with each student and having a mock interview. This is a priceless experience for the kids. My overall experience with Berkeley Hall has WELL over exceeded my expectations!
Berkeley Hall's junior high program worked miracles for my daughter. The faculty here actually care about the students and really do help each child realize her or his potential. I truly felt we were on the same team as the teachers and working collaboratively to help my child excel. The social environment is nurturing as well -- my shy daughter was elected to student council twice, was in all the plays and was one of the graduation speakers. They make each child feel special here, and they were wonderful with helping us find the right high school, and my daughter was well prepared academically for the rigors of high school at one of the best schools in west LA. Berkeley Hall is the best kept secret in Los Angeles. The campus is absolutely magical and secluded, the events and dances wholesome and appropriate. I wish they had a high school!
We have been part of Berkeley hall for many many years, and now that we are leaving I am so happy to say that I have a well rounded, happy, confident and prepared child who will transition tremendously to her next school. Berkeley Hall has been a wonderful environment for my daughter, and I am happy to see that although there are good progressions that are happening, the core of the school remains the same. Which is, tremendous care and love for each child, and a real desire for each one to succeed.
My son just finished kindergarte and had a fabulous year! He was challenged academically and pushed to excel at his best while still having plenty of time for social development and naps (remember kindergarten and naps!). New headmaster with a solid vision. A few hiccups as always exists with change but shecomes with a solid background a clear goals for students and educational excellence. Overall a great year! Would highly recommend.
All of my children have attended this school since nursery. They have not only had a wonderful academic experience, but have been nurtured and supported in having good values and good characters. Our oldest child was accepted to all three high schools he applied to and is thriving academically and socially. We have had a wonderful experience at Berkeley Hall.
I love this school!! My son who has been going here since Nursery, LOVES it! The parents are great, the teachers are excellent and the kids get along and love eachother!! I couldn't be happier, this school is a perfect fit for both me and my son!! Hooray!! :)
I have been a student at Berkeley Hall since Kindergarten. The teachers have never failed to teach me and support me through everything and we could not have asked for a better headmaster. We have science, art, wood shop, music, physical education, and drama in addition to many core subjects. I have never wanted to go to another school, and don not intend to until I graduate. Berkeley Hall has given me so much!
Berkeley Hall School has given us more than we could ever have dreamed of. Lured initially by the beautiful 66 acre campus, we have been delighted and inspired by the high level of teaching and genuine warmth and love that the teachers convey to the kids. Our 3 children have been at the school for 5 years and are thriving academically, socially and physically. They love their school, their teachers and class-mates. BHS focuses on the development of each individual as a whole and while teaching a demanding curriculum, reinforces the importance of morality, social skills and mutual respect. The kids are happy, well-adjusted and therefore free to focus on learning. The classes have a good teacher-pupil ratio and are culturally and socially diverse. There is a fantastic after-school program and a strong, competitive athletic program. Our daughters have learned to be real team-players in soccer, swim team and volleyball. Parents are highly involved, their enthusiasm contagious which enriches the sense of community. It's a privilege to be there.
I am a veteran public school teacher and Berkeley Hall is the best school I have ever seen. My son transferred there this year and I can't find anything but goodness at this school. The curriculum is outstanding as are the teachers. They care about your child in every way. Academics are important but so is character and kindness. I would recommend this school above all others for an excellent and well-rounded education
I am amazed at the exceptional educational experience my grandchildren are receiving at Berkeley Hall School! Academicaly, socially, emotionaly and physically, they are challenged, supported, praised and rewarded. But best of all, is the self-confidence they have developed in these children - not an arrogant self-conficence, but true, accurate and balanced self-confidence. Thank you, Berkeley Hall!
i love this school! it is amazing the teachers are amazing specially the junior high teachers! I just love this school!
Antiquated methods and teachers who are not in touch with each child's specific needs, which is what they preach when you are inquiring about the school. Not a big pool of Christian Science teachers to pick from, leading to mediocre teachers who are either really old or who don't have a strong teaching background. A new Admissions Councelor is set on filling up each classroom with no regard to the teacher/student ratio. Campus is big and beautiful, but the buildings are crammed into each other with no cafeteria and some of the grades having to play on the blacktop of the parking lot in the mornings and after school. Great parental involvement. Great school for teaching good morals and ethics to your kids, which is quite important as well, but don't believe they will be getting a top notch education.
Eureka! Finally a school that gets it. It is about helping your kids learn, and fostering their love of learning. Our son has attended 7th grade here and wow what a difference from his other school. The teachers are genuinely interested in him, and make exceptional effort to help him with all of his studies. He is enthusiastic about learning again. As to concepts he needs extra time to learn, he gets all the help he needs. As to those he excels at, he is prompted to learn more. The focus is not on just running him through the curriculum, but on teaching him so he can learn to the best of his ability. They take him beyond the curriculum. They are also very focused on developing his character as a person, and citizen. The administration is very effective and efficient. The campus is incredible. You have to see it! Amazing!
My kids have been at BHS since the early childhood years and have loved going to school almost (!) every day of the last 8 years. We've seen a lot of growth at the school in the last couple years in particular. It's no longer the best kept secret in LA ! Teachers are caring and engaging and really strive to bring out the best in students, the academic program is constantly progressing, the athletic program is growing with BHS teams competing and winning (!) against other big-name schools, and cultural diversity is a huge plus. One of the best parts of the school are the grounded families who are not afraid to choose a school that helps kids achieve success and still be kids.
We had a wonderful experience at BHS. It's a given that major private schools in the area don't take kids with problems. We were grateful BHS took our child, which made all the difference in the world!
Hear! Hear! The previous poster said it well. The teaching methods at BHS are antiquated. My square-peg son could not fit into the round hole no matter how hard they pushed him. The Board president needs to step aside and let educators make decisions in the best interest of children.
School is not the same peaceful welcoming place since the new assistant principal came to school. Individual encouragement is not seen. Very few children are pushed to do their best, restrictions imposed on almost everything. Our family was very disappointed with the lack of enriching curriculum and narrow minded approach to education. There is little tolerance at BHS for kids being kids. The difficulty is that they do not fully understand the developmental differences between children. There's room for more enlightened teaching methods.
Berkely Hall School is great and I would reccomend it for everybody. It has the best campus in Los Angeles, and the education is top the best but better than averge.
Our daughter graduated last June after 13 years at Berkeley Hall. She had a wonderful experience there and was very well prepared for high school. The 66-acre campus is gorgeous. The faculty and staff are very nurturing of each student. The academic program is strong but not stressful to the kids. It's still one of the best kept secrets in L.A.!
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