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My nephew is eager to come to Berkeley High from Norway and live with us (in Berkeley) for the academic year 2011-2012. He wants to take a pretty heavy academic load. From what I have learned from the high school and the admissions office on Allston, we can not enroll him until he actually arrives in Berkeley in August. Therefore, he will not be able to take part of the lottery that happens next month. My question is how do exchange students handle getting classes that they want? Is there some organization that helps the children of visiting professors? Any help understanding how to navigate would be much appreciated. Trying to be a helpful aunt
As to his wanting to take a heavy load, if you mean that he needs specific classes in order to match his requirements back home in Norway, I suppose that could be one way that perhaps the administration might be persuaded to allow him into a specific learning community (probably Academic Choice) which would give him more latitude in terms of choosing classes. But there's no guarantee. Another option might be for him to take some classes at Berkeley High, and some through Berkeley City College, if the class he wants isn't available in his learning community. You might ask Kristen Glenchur, the VP who was in charge of the lottery last year (don't know if she is this year). Be patient while waiting for an answer - she has a huge work load.
There is a ''newcomer'' group at Berkeley High, but it's meant for English learners, and I doubt your nephew needs that kind of assistance. Otherwise, the PTSA, the volunteer coordinator, the parent resource center are there to help you...and for your nephew, be sure he gets the list of BHS clubs and sports in case some pique his interest - joining a club, team, or other interest group is the best way to quickly make friends at Berkeley High! Natasha Beery, Berkeley High PTSA President
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