Berkeley Unified School District

2020 Bonar St.
Berkeley, CA 94702-1793
(District boundaries shown in map)
10/
10
Top 5%

Top Rankings

Berkeley Unified School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in California for:

Category
Attribute
Overall Rank
Highest overall rank (Top 5%)
Math Proficiency
Highest math proficiency (Top 5%)
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 1%)
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 17 public schools serving 9,131 students in Berkeley Unified School District. This district's average testing ranking is 10/10, which is in the top 1% of public schools in California.
Public Schools in Berkeley Unified School District have an average math proficiency score of 75% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 95% (versus the 49% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
This State (CA)
# Schools
17 Schools
10,375 Schools
# Students
9,131 Students
5,876,295 Students
# Teachers
516 Teachers
267,757 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1

District Rank

Berkeley Unified School District, which is ranked #14 of all 1,167 school districts in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 89% has increased from 87% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (CA)
#14 out of 1200 school districts
(Top 5%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Berkeley Unified  School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
70-79%
34%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Berkeley Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
≥95%
49%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Berkeley Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
89%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Berkeley Unified  School District and public school graduation rate of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.74
0.63
# American Indian Students
25 Students
27,207 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
804 Students
696,628 Students
% Asian Students
9%
12%
# Hispanic Students
1,996 Students
3,281,568 Students
% Hispanic Students
22%
56%
# Black Students
1,133 Students
296,694 Students
% Black Students
12%
5%
# White Students
3,785 Students
1,235,074 Students
% White Students
42%
21%
# Hawaiian Students
12 Students
24,653 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
1,373 Students
309,952 Students
% of Two or more races Students
15%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
-
# Students in K Grade:
678
469,461
# Students in 1st Grade:
580
408,174
# Students in 2nd Grade:
665
421,021
# Students in 3rd Grade:
640
426,338
# Students in 4th Grade:
625
432,663
# Students in 5th Grade:
660
440,560
# Students in 6th Grade:
636
440,507
# Students in 7th Grade:
662
434,863
# Students in 8th Grade:
711
455,685
# Students in 9th Grade:
805
484,040
# Students in 10th Grade:
819
494,745
# Students in 11th Grade:
796
478,449
# Students in 12th Grade:
854
489,789
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $24,220 is higher than the state median of $19,806. The school district revenue/student has grown by 14% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $26,694 is higher than the state median of $18,241. The school district spending/student has grown by 26% over four school years.
This School District
This State (CA)
Total Revenue
$221 MM
$116,387 MM
This chart display total revenue of Berkeley Unified  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$244 MM
$107,188 MM
This chart display total spending of Berkeley Unified  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$24,220
$19,806
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Berkeley Unified  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$26,694
$18,241
This chart display average spending per public school student in Berkeley Unified  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Berkeley Unified School District Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Berkeley High School
(Math: 70-79% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1980 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6120
Grades: 9-12
| 3,222 students
Rank: #22.
Ruth Acty Elementary School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1400 Ada St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-6298
Grades: K-5
| 387 students
Rank: #33.
Willard Middle School
(Math: 70% | Reading: 77% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2425 Stuart St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 644-6330
Grades: 6-8
| 600 students
Rank: #44.
Martin Luther King Middle School
(Math: 70% | Reading: 73% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1781 Rose St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 644-6280
Grades: 6-8
| 941 students
Rank: #55.
Berkeley Arts Magnet At Whittier
(Math: 70% | Reading: 72% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1645 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 644-6225
Grades: K-5
| 381 students
Rank: #66.
Emerson Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 70-74% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 644-6890
Grades: K-5
| 281 students
Rank: #77.
Rosa Parks Environmental Science
(Math: 69% | Reading: 71% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
920 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-8812
Grades: K-5
| 397 students
Rank: #88.
Washington Elementary School
(Math: 67% | Reading: 64% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2300 Mlk Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6310
Grades: K-5
| 388 students
Rank: #99.
Malcolm X Elementary School
(Math: 62% | Reading: 66% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1731 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 644-6313
Grades: K-5
| 473 students
Rank: #1010.
Cragmont Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
830 Regal Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94708
(510) 644-8810
Grades: K-5
| 296 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
John Muir Elementary School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 60-64% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2955 Claremont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 644-6410
Grades: K-5
| 258 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
Oxford Elementary At West Campus
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 60-64% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1222 Univ Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-6300
Grades: K-5
| 236 students
Rank: #1313.
Sylvia Mendez Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2840 Ellsworth St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 644-6290
Grades: K-5
| 412 students
Rank: #1414.
Thousand Oaks Elementary School
(Math: 44% | Reading: 50% )
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
840 Colusa Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 644-6368
Grades: K-5
| 339 students
Rank: #1515.
Longfellow Arts And Technology Middle School
(Math: 36% | Reading: 38% )
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1500 Derby St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 644-6360
Grades: 6-8
| 468 students
Rank: #1616.
Berkeley Technology Academy
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20% )
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2701 Mlk Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6159
Grades: 10-12
| 52 students
Rank: n/an/a
2134 Mlk Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6120
Grades: n/a
| 0 students

Frequently Asked Questions

How many schools belong to Berkeley Unified School District?
Berkeley Unified School District manages 17 public schools serving 9,131 students.
What is the rank of Berkeley Unified School District?
Berkeley Unified School District is ranked #14 out of 1,167 school districts in California (top 5%) based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data for the 2020-2021 school year. This district ranks in the top 20% of California school districts for: Highest overall rank (Top 5%), Highest math proficiency (Top 5%), Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 1%), Most diverse schools (Top 1%) and Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
What is the racial composition of students in Berkeley Unified School District?
42% of Berkeley Unified School District students are White, 22% of students are Hispanic, 15% of students are Two or more races, 12% of students are Black, and 9% of students are Asian.
What is the student/teacher ratio of Berkeley Unified School District?
Berkeley Unified School District has a student/teacher ratio of 18:1, which is lower than the California state average of 22:1.
What is Berkeley Unified School District's spending/student ratio?
The school district's spending/student of $26,694 is higher than the state median of $18,241. The school district spending/student has grown by 26% over four school years.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 17 schools
  • Grades: KG-12
  • Enrollment: 9,131 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 59%
  • : 89% (Top 50% in CA)
  • : Top 5%
  • : 70-79% (Top 5%)
  • : ≥95% (Top 1%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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