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K-8
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Los Angeles, CA
 

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16000 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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(310) 476-6421
(310) 476-5748
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September 24, 2014
We have been at Berkeley Hall School for 6 happy years and more to come. This unique school has found the perfect balance in preparing "fearless scholars and conscientious citizens".

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Our son has thrived since coming to BHS! He was miserable at our local public school and the positive change in his attitude and academic performance since enrolling here is amazing! The teachers and staff really care and are so nurturing. We couldn't have asked for more- well maybe one thing- that BHS continued on through high school!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Our two children have attended Berkeley Hall since their nursery program. (BHS is nursery - 8th grade.) We have loved the families we have met there. Berkeley Hall emphasizes academics, but equally emphasizes character education, which is very important to us. For the most part, students are kind, and there is interaction among the grades, which is sweet. The campus is beautiful - 66 acres of beautiful greenery and nature. The sports program is excellent, with a huge percentage of children playing after-school sports. The student body is quite diverse, with parents with many different backgrounds. The head of school is doing excellent work in academic strides for the school. The art program is now excellent. The only weak point is the music program, which isn't horrible but could be better. Nonetheless, the students get wonderful experience in all grades in performing and public speaking. The school is rather "low key," (in the best way,) and families are there for the well-rounded education. Overall it has been a wonderful school community for our children, and us as parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My children joined Berkeley Hall school last year , I wish they had joined this school earlier. The school has an amazing campus perched on a sprawling 66 acres of land overlooking the LA basin with a spectacular view. Away from the bustling city noise this campus offers a peaceful nurturing environment for the children . The teachers are very friendly , professional and have free open lines of communication with the parents . The school curriculum is very well structured and organized. We have a wonderful parents community in the school and we participate in numerous activities which encourage fellowship and bonding between the school families. The school camp out, Halloween Haunting, father's tennis tournament ..to name a few. The best feature about this school is that our children come home smiling and are excited to go back to school the next morning !!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
I have already posted my review and have confirmed it as well. Thank you and hope BHS wins!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
Exceptional Junior High experience. The teachers are skilled in teaching until the child thoroughly understands and can apply the concept. We feel such confidence in them and our child has responded positively to their expectations of his competence as implied by their expert teaching skills. There are opportunities to explore all arts, sciences, music, sports and social events. Everyday is "great" and it's a relief to watch our child's confidence grow in such an organic way at such a pivotal time in their life.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
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!! :)

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
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!

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 16, 2009
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

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
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!

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2008
i love this school! it is amazing the teachers are amazing specially the junior high teachers! I just love this school!

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
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!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2007
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.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2007
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.!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
We moved our highly energetic son to Berkeley Hall this year from a school that treated him as nothing less than an annoyance: His self esteem and confidence were very low. We moved him to BHS after researching and visiting other developmental schools in the vicinity. BHS has been an amazing experience for our son. His confidence and self esteem has been boosted by the incredibly supportive and nurturing teaching staff: All the angst he came in with, gone. His academics are strong and his belief in his ability to succeed is great. Our son started a month into 2nd grade and has been completely accepted by his peers and other students in the primary grades. BHS children are required to treat each other in a respectful way, and this school really does 'live' its values. I cannot speak highly enough of BHS. and neither can my son.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
One of the finest campus's... however, lacking in leadership, and modern educational practices. The Christian Science board is keeping this potentially great school in the 1960's.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
Our family was very disappointed with the lack of enriching curriculum and narrow minded approach to education. The matriculation is insulting for a 93 year old school. Don't let the amazing campus tempt you!

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2006
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April 15, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2006
I have to believe that the parents who praise this school to the hilt must have perfectly behaved little girls or be board members. As the father of a active boy, I can tell you there is little tolerance at BHS for boys being boys. Kids who fall at either end of the bell curve do not have their needs met. A shake up at the Board level could bring some needed changes and move this school to the head of the pack.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
A couple of the other posters have hit the nail on the head. I don't believe the teachers or staff recognise and address any kind of learning disabilities or disorders such as ADD, executive dysfunction, dyslexia, audio-processing deficiencies, etc. Therefore, children who have these issues don't get the help they need. They become discouraged, defeated and often discipline problems. Yes, the head master is a kind man, but the real power lies in the chairman of the board, who is not an educator and seems to be more concerned with fundrasing and image than educational practices. Many of the best teachers have become so frustrated that they have moved on. I saw this happen over and over during my daughter's years at BHS. New blood and new ideas are needed to make the education equal to the spectacular campus.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
This is an amazing school. The school environment is beautiful and safe. The teachers are caring and the indivualized attention for each child is great. The administrative staff is excellent as well. This school strives to teach good morals to each student.The preschool is wonderful and teaches the children respect, independence and thoughfulness. I was impressed with the jr high teachers. They are creative and motivated and sincerely want to help each student. My daughter loved the teachers and the school. The only weakness might be the arts program, but overall the school is one of the most impressive in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
The most beautiful campus in all of LA, yet the most under utilized. The school is good, but basically suffers from poor direction. The difficulty is that they do not fully understand the developmental differences between children. Children w/ behavior problems are not assisted and so grow worse year by year until finally something so egregious happens that they are expelled. The teacher pool is also very limited, so many are simply sub-par.

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June 23, 2005
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June 05, 2005
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May 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2005
My daughter loves Berkeley Hall. She has attended Berkeley Hall for two years (Kindergarten and 1st grade) and she loves it. She looks forward to going to school, and in fact cries when she can't attend (I suggested she stay home recently because of a cold she cried so loudly I let her go the next day.). The school grounds look more like a college campus than an elementary school, and the teachers and principal are always helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 01, 2005
My wife and I have been so very pleased with Berkley Hall. In a city where kids grow up all too fast and loose, Berkeley Hall has managed to provide a sanctuary of higher learning and thoughtful respect for others. The kids come away well educated and well mannered. Parent involvement is high. Student to teacher ratios are great. If it weren't for the computers and the advanced curriculum, one would swear it was 1950. Unlike so many schools, one will find civility replacing foul language amongst the kids. The campus is huge (65+ acres) and the has large fields and open spaces. It is a wonderful environment that our children have loved. Don't expect special treatment because you drive a Rolls Royce. Parental egos are left at the door and everyone here likes it that way. Every parent wants the best for their child. For us, Berkeley Hall is the best.

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January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 08, 2004
BHS has a wonderful campus. The classes are small and many of the teachers are dedicated. But some teachers are using the same methods used in the 50s. There's room for more enlightened teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2004
Our children attended this school for a few years. It has a spectacular campus. However, that is not enough to make it a spectacular school. We did not find much creativity in the teaching practices or curriclum, nor were exceptions made for children with needs outside the norm. We moved our children to a terrific public school with greater resources than BHS and they are receiving an excellent education and for free.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
I was very disappointed with this school. My daughter attended this year but she will not go back for another year. When the school brags about strong academics, ask to see how the school compares to other private schools don't take the comments at face value. I don't hear any boasting about high academics except from the admin. Kids were cliquish and unwelcoming of newcomers. Since it is a very small school you are either in or out , there are few choices for finding other friends when you are not embraced by the 'in' crowd.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
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- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2004
All three of my children attend this highly academic school. We love it. The children are challenged and loved. Moral education is a strong focus. The campus is unbeatable.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
I found the academics at Berkeley Hall rather average and the teaching staff less than inspiring. The principal is a nice man but he answers to a Board president who does not have a background in education. Politics abound. On the plus side the campus is superior, classes are small and my daughter got a good enough education to move up to a strong high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2004
Berkeley Hall has a beautiful campus and excellent facilities. The educational practices are based in the 50s and my daughter found her teachers for the most part to be uninspiring.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
Berkeley Hall is one of the few private schools in LA that offers strong academics balanced with character development, athletics and the arts. The whole family loves this school. I would recommend it highly.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My daughter has been there for three years and loves it. They look for the good in all kids and bring it out in a very structured yet loving environment. The campus is gorgeous.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
This is an outstanding elementary school. Both of my children feel they have gotten a quality education and I agree. The faculty is wonderful. They work with each child to bring out their full academic potential. They look forward to going to school every day.

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Berkeley Hall
16000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90049
(310) 476-6421
Last modified Berkeley Hall is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Berkeley Hall Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top