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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Berkeley Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Berkeley, CA. It has 10,238 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
Address
2020 Bonar St
Berkeley, CA 94702
Telephone
(510) 644-8764

Berkeley Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1270
704 responses
Average ACT
29
235 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
10,238
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,069
Teachers in First/Second Year
22.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$172,613,000
Expenses Per Student
$16,146/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$71,640
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,636
National
$949
Median Home Value
$716,415
National
$184,700

Berkeley Unified School District Reviews

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BUSD is pretty good. It is very diverse, and we have a lot of opportunities to meet new people. From 2nd grade to now, I’ve been able to meet a lot of transfer students, and people for different backgrounds and learn from them. The education is also really good. The teachers all seem to be interested in our wellbeing and want you to succeed. At Berkeley High, we have a lot of resources available, such as the health center and the college and career center, and are able to receive help in whatever way we want. The principal is also very nice, and talks to everyone and offers advice. She even had office hours for us! So over all, I'd say BUSD is pretty good.
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My experience as a student in the BUSD system has been alright. Everyone cares but not too much. If I could change something about the district and how it works.... I would change that it doesn't matter if you don't live in Berkeley. Most students do live in Berkeley but a majority live farther away in the bay and write down a fake address just so that they can attend a Berkeley School. Something I like about Berkeley District is that there is a good amount of diversity in the schools, and that can make anyone (including myself) feel so much more comfortable with going to school. I also really like the new support system that is given to students; which includes mental health, a nurse, reproductive system help.. Etc. Overall Berkeley is a great community which I enjoy a lot.
Berkeley Unified was overall a good experience. The academics can be very good but much of it depends on which small learning community a student is enrolled in and which teachers they happen to get. Some teachers are very good and some are awful. The student body is diverse but getting less and less so each year as Berkeley gentrifies. However, the level of diversity is still relatively high making the school and interesting and exciting place socially. The administration is very unhelpful with incidents of sexual harassment and has received criticism for how they handle incidents of racism.