Berkeley Technology AcademY
ARDARIUS MCDONALD, PRINCIPAL
ERICA L. JOHNSON, OFFICE MANAGER
2701 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY
BERKELEY, CA 94703
PHONE: (510) 644-6159
Berkeley Technology Academy is a school that believes in the power of transformation. We understand that every student and family is unique and comes with their own individualized strengths and challenges. Our role within the Berkeley Unified School District is to provide a holistic learning environment that is sensitive to the challenges many of our students face while at the same time recognizing the remarkable strength and potential they possess. We purposefully strive to provide a physical, mental, and emotional safe space whereby students may gain the requisite skills needed to give them a competitive edge during and after high school.
We are an Alternative High School and thus offer a credit recovery program that is embedded within the structure of the school day. Our classes are 85 minutes per session. Longer classes give us the ability to offer 80 credits per year which is 20 credits more than students receive at the Districts comprehensive high school (Berkeley High). Smaller classes (approximately 8:1 teacher to student ratio) provide us a distinct advantage in giving individualized instruction. A diverse teaching staff that reflects the population of our student body fosters a relational dynamic that helps facilitate the administering of culturally relevant pedagogies.
There have been some exciting new changes to our program in the past year that you should know about as you consider Berkeley Technology Academy. We've added several courses (Women's Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Get Focused Stay Focused-Career Readiness, Digital Media Arts, Health & Wellness, and Marketing) in an attempt to broaden the range of educational experiences. Students may also now participate in CIF sanctioned athletics as members of any Berkeley High School team. The addition of $250,000 in Career Pathway Trust II funds for career development will allow us to introduce pathway courses and experiential learning as part of our core curriculum.
I encourage you to learn more about our school by contacting us to schedule a visit!