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My son and I are moving to Berkeley soon. I am looking for a
good school for him, so I can find housing in the right zone! He
goes to a charter Arts school now, which is a good fit. He is
bi-racial, very active, very tall, beautiful and a bit
uncivilized. I'm thinking BAM or Malcolm X. He needs to be
interested, and needs good structure. I'd love any pertinent
feedback as this is a complicated move, and I must be truly
this Mama's moving...
Yes, Malcolm X, from what I hear from my friends who are there,
has a fabulous theater program. It is in the north zone. I
don't know much about Art's Magnet, but I think my friends who
have children there like it. I have direct experience with
Cragmont as my child goes there. Cragmaont has a great arts
program with an amazing visual arts teacher. The kids in 1st
through 5th have a half year of visual art so that they can have
longer classes. The art teacher also runs a very popular after
school art program. The dance teacher is truly wonderful and
works with the kids all year long. There are many mixed-race
kids and families at Cragmont. It provides a good and safe
structured environment in which keds and adults are treated with
respect and are expected to act with respect. Cragmont and Arts
Magnet are both in the central zone. If you can come to town
and visit before your move, I would highly recommend doing so.
Call the schools well ahead of time to get an understanding of
how they do visits. Each school does it differently.
My son is in second grade at Malcolm X now. He's been there since
kindergarten, and I
pretty much moved to South Berkeley (from San Francisco) so that he
could go to this
school. I have been thrilled with the school. Lots of ''extra
curricular'' stuff: art class,
drama class, music, dance, gardening, and cooking. Thoughtful
teaching. The student
body is very, very diverse and there are lots of biracial children.
You got some good suggestions, but just in case it's not clear:
moving to a particular neighborhood in berkeley does not guarantee you
a particular school. You will enter a lottery for the 3-4 schools
that are in your zone. Since your son will be entering 2nd grade,
there will be far fewer slots open, thus lower chances of getting
your first choice.
Transferring to a school outside your zone
has very low odds. Many of the schools that have been suggested to you
are very popular, and may be the first choice of many, many people.
So, just keep that in mind. Good luck, and welcome to Berkeley!
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