AC Info

Academic Choice (AC) is a learning community focusing on a rigorous curriculum in grades nine through twelve. The focus of these humanities classes in the 9th and 10th grade year is to develop the higher level reading and writing skills necessary for students to be successful in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Freshmen and Sophomore history and English courses are cored to build community and to provide students additional academic and emotional support.

All Academic Choice students are expected to complete all UC/CSU a-g course requirements prior to graduation, and are encouraged to take AP courses in their junior and senior years. Students can choose to take AP classes in each content area as well as courses offered by the African American Studies Department. Academic Choice also offers several exciting humanities electives like Politics and Power, Sociology, Bible as Literature, and World of Media.

AC students are encouraged to take four years of math, and three years of science and world language. Berkeley High recognizes students with a Certificate of Completion issued by the Academic Choice program if they graduate from AC having completed all UC/CSU a-g subject requirements and submit a complete senior seminar research project.

AC Is ideal for students who want to:

  • Choose from the widest possible list of electives, Advanced Placement classes, and courses of study: Challenge yourself academically and prepare for success in a 4-year college or university. AC offers academic support for all students.
  • Explore their interests and develop their strengths: Decide which subjects to study in depth. AC offers a rigorous program while providing you the most flexibility in course selection.
  • Thrive in a diverse yet personalized learning community: Join a cohort of students in the 9th and 10th grade humanities classes and become part of a supportive community. Find friends who share your interests and learn from classmates with wide-ranging world views.

Our Philosophy and Values

Academic Choice at BHS provides not only a college preparatory curriculum but also a community of students working with teachers, parents and peers to realize their full intellectual and creative potential. Academic Choice teachers, students, and families strongly believe that the program should reflect our diverse school population and that all students should have the resources to succeed in school and beyond. The typical Academic Choice class follows a seminar approach, encouraging intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and a close working relationship between student and teacher.

  • AC at a glance

    Choose from the widest possible list of electives, Advanced Placement classes, and courses of study:
    Challenge yourself academically and prepare for success in a 4-year college or university. AC offers academic support for all students.

    Explore your interests and develop your strengths: Decide which subjects to study in depth. AC offers a rigorous program while providing you the most flexibility in course selection.

    Thrive in a diverse yet personalized learning community: Join a cohort of students in the 9th and 10th grade humanities classes and become part of a supportive community. Find friends who share your interests and learn from classmates with wide-ranging world views.