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School Hours

Berkley High School runs on a six (6) period schedule.
School starts at 8:20 am
Dismissal time for half days is 11:35 am

Berkley High School Profile

Berkley High School is nestled in a residential and small business community, located in Oakland County. Our 4,200 district students come from Berkley, Huntington Woods and the north portion of Oak Park as well as through a Schools of Choice program.

Best High Schools - National 2023-2034. U.S. News & World Report logoBerkley High School has been named a Best High School in the 2023-24 Rankings from U.S. News & World Report. BHS Ranked #1825 nationally, #51 in Michigan and #21 in Metro Detroit. (Based on 2022-23 data). View the 2023 BHS listing. This puts BHS in the top 7% of high schools in the Nation.

Berkley High School has been named a Best High School in the U.S. News & World Report studies since 2018. U.S. News and World Report’s comprehensive rankings methodology reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.

Additionally, BHS was named a 2017 Most Challenging High School by the Washington Post, among Newsweek's Top 500 High Schools in 2016, and as was on the Newsweek’s The Daily Beast 2014 list of 735 Best High Schools in the nation -- ranked 6th in Michigan. These rankings highlight the schools that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.

Class of 2023 Accomplishments

  • The BHS Class of 2023 received over $5.7 million in scholarships.
  • This class will be attending nearly every public and private university in the state including Michigan State, University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Oakland University, Wayne State, Grand Valley State, Kalamazoo College and Lawrence Tech.
  • This Class of 2023 was accepted at and/or is attending McGill University, Clark Atlanta, Joffrey Ballet School, Carnegie Mellon, Florida A&M, NYU and American College of Greece, to name a few out-of-state institutions.
  • 75% will attend 4-Year College/University
  • 13% will attend 2-Year Community College
  • 5% are completing a Gap Year
  • 2% will enroll in a Trade School/Apprenticeship
  • 9% are entering the workforce
  • 37% of those applying to the University of Michigan were accepted.
  • 88% of those who applied to Michigan State University were accepted.
  • 71% of the class graduated with Academic Distinction.
  • 78% of the class took at least one Advanced Placement course
  • A record number of the class took rigorous vocational education classes
  • The Class of 2023 performed over 5,000 hours of volunteer service.

Depth and Breadth of Curriculum

A total of 387 students took 739 Advanced Placement tests in 2023. Many upper classmen dual enroll at one of the many colleges/community colleges in our area. In addition, approximately 4.3% of our students attend classes at CASA (Center for the Advanced Studies and the Arts), and 5.25% of students attend OSTC (Oakland Schools Technical Campus).

PDF Document2023 BHS Profile - Print Version

School Details

  • CEEB/ACT Code: 230295
  • Public: Comprehensive
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1394
  • Senior Class: 323
  • Schedule: 6 Period Schedule
  • Class Periods: 61 minutes
  • Accreditation: North Central Association


  • Michigan Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling

Professional Staff

  • 79 Teachers
  • 5.5 Counselors
  • 3 Administrators
  • 1 Media Specialist
  • 1.5 Social Workers
  • 1 Speech Pathologist
  • 1 School Psychologist
  • 1 Academic Intervention Coordinator
  • 1 Athletic Coordinator
  • 1 Drama Director
  • 80% Master’s Degree

Graduation Requirements, Grade Point Average and Class Rank

Twenty two credits are required for graduation from Berkley High School. All courses are worth 0.5 credit. Students are required to meet the following minimum department requirements:

  • English: 4 credits
  • Math: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • World Language: 2 credits
  • Physical Education/Health: 1 credit
  • Visual/Performing Arts: 1 credit

The grade point average on a transcript is weighted if a student has taken an Advanced Placement (AP) course and/or select honors (HON) courses. A “G” grade indicates a passing grade in a pass/fail option. The lowest grade one can earn and still receive credit is a D-.

Grade Equivalents
A = 94-100
A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
D+ = 67-69
D = 63-66
D- = 60-62

Class Rank
Berkley High School does not provide class ranking.

Holistic Learning Opportunities

  • Leadership Programming Courses
  • Student Leadership
  • Diversity Council
  • LINKS (Peer-to-Peer support inside and outside of the classroom)

Project-Based Courses

  • Writing For Publication: Journalism - The Spectator
  • Marketing, Sports Marketing and Advanced Marketing
  • Yearbook

Fine Arts Opportunities

  • Auditioned Choirs: A Capella, Belle Tones, Encore! Show Choir
  • Auditioned Bands: Symphony, Wind Symphony, Jazz
  • Auditioned Orchestras: Symphony, Concert
  • Non-Auditioned Ensembles: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Marching Band, Sinfonia Orchestra
  • Drama: Fall Play, Spring Musical, Thespian Society, Senior Showcase Performance
  • Advanced Art Options: AP Studio Art and Portfolio Development


  • 44% of BHS students participated in a sport
  • 10 students signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate level sports

CASA: Center for Advanced Study & The Arts

87 students attended in 2019-20, 8% of all students

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Math & Sciences
  • Advanced Placement Courses

OSTC: Oakland Schools Technical Campus

94 students attended in 2019-20, 6.74% of all students

  • Collision Repair
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction Tech
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy + Electrical Tech
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Entrepreneurship & Marketing
  • Health Sciences
  • Machining
  • Visual Imaging
  • Welding

Best Community for Music Education 10 years in a row.
(30% of BHS students are enrolled in a music program)

Sources of Strength: Peer led student wellness program
(first school in Michigan to adopt this program)

Symphony Orchestra invited to play at Carnegie Hall in 2019

Dollars for Scholars partnership includes mentorship and scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students

DECA: Students attend state and national competitions for their knowledge of the marketing and business fields

Equal Opportunity Schools: A school-wide focus on closing access and achievement gaps in Advanced Placement courses

International Travel: Students have the opportunity to travel internationally every year with many District-sponsored trips to expand their learning and view on the world

Berkley High School has been named a Best High School in the 2021 Rankings from U.S. News & World Report. BHS Ranked #1601 nationally and #50 in Michigan based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

  • Honors English 11
  • Advanced Earth & Space
  • Honors Zoology
  • Honors Anatomy & Physiology
  • Honors Text Studies/Honors Writing
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations
  • Organic Chemistry

Berkley High School offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) courses:

Offered at BHS and/or CASA:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Comparative Government
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US Government & Politics
  • World History

Advance Placement Scores
In 2019, 330 students took a total of 643 tests in 24 subjects.

AP Score Total Exams # of Scores
5 72 11%
4 156 24%
3 235 37%
2 156 24%
1 25 4%

(There is no limit to the number of Advanced Placement classes a student can take)

Honors Text Studies/Honors Writing - Syracuse University, Project Advance

Honors Zoology - Eastern Michigan University Scholars Program

Organic Chemistry - Michigan State University Curriculum Materials

Over the past four years, our students have been accepted to:
Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Baldwin Wallace College, Bard College, Baylor University, Beloit College, Bentley University, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, CA College of the Arts, California Polytechnic State University, Carleton College, Case Western Reserve University, Central Michigan University, Clark University, College for Creative Studies, College of Wooster, Columbia College Chicago, Denison University, DePaul University, Drake University, Duke University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgetown University, Grand Valley State University, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Howard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, The Juilliard School, Kalamazoo College, Keio University, Kenyon College, Kettering University, Loyola University Chicago, McGill University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern University, Oakland University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Parsons School of Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice University, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, San Diego State University, Saginaw Valley State University, Smith College, Syracuse University, Tulane University, Tuskegee University, United States Military Academy, West Point, United States Naval Academy, University of Detroit Mercy, University of California Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Montana, University of New Hampshire, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, Wayne State University, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University (CT), Western Michigan University, Westminster College, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Yale University