Berkeley Hall School
Founded in 1911, Berkeley Hall is an independent, coeducational school for students in nursery (age 3) through eighth grade. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, the 66-acre campus provides students ample room to play and learn outside. They also enjoy the latest classroom technology, rigorous academics, visual and performance arts opportunities, a competitive athletic program and a variety of enrichment classes.
Describe the learning environment at Berkeley Hall School.
“Our mission is to empower children to fulfill their unlimited, God-given potential as fearless scholars and conscientious citizens. But you can’t improve student learning unless you improve teaching. Berkeley Hall teachers engage in weekly professional meetings to analyze, evaluate and systematically improve their lessons. This process positively affects our students—not only does their learning improve, but they see their teachers model a growth mindset.”
How does your school stand out?
“At 51% ethnic diversity, Berkeley Hall is one of the most diverse independent schools in Los Angeles. We are also diverse culturally, religiously, socioeconomically and internationally (about 8%). In celebration of our diversity, we create opportunities to connect and learn together, including a series of cultural events.”
How do you promote a positive school culture for students?
“Each student is encouraged to be mindful of others and how their actions affect their community. They are taught the Berkeley Hall core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion. This is modeled by our parents, who are extremely committed to the school and lend their time generously to Berkeley Hall events.
Because our school goes from nursery through eighth grade, our students are able to remain children for longer because they are free from social pressure from older peers. Parents remain engaged with their children longer, creating a stronger bond within the family and within the community.”
Are you hopeful for the future when it comes to our kids?
“Absolutely! Berkeley Hall empowers each student to fulfill their unlimited potential by embracing a growth mindset. Our students go into the world believing that they—and everyone around them—can and will make a positive difference. They persist in the face of setbacks because they know that this is part of learning. Berkeley Hall creates resilient, poised, well-adjusted individuals who are confident in themselves and their unique abilities and who respect the contributions of others.”