Under a new policy, the district’s 6th grade class is more racially balanced across the three middle schools while enrollment has stayed relatively stable.
After graduating from Willard Middle School, a group of Berkeley friends connected with their heritage by taking family vacations to their home countries. It was the “summer of ancestral return,” a parent said.
BUSD district leaders discussed details of their plan to desegregate Berkeley’s middle schools Wednesday night while reckoning with pushback from parents who don’t want their kids to attend Longfellow.
Starting in fall 2023, students will be enrolled at Longfellow Middle School based on where they live. A map showing how students will be assigned their school has yet to be finalized.
The Berkeley school board is set in five weeks to make a preliminary call on whether to overhaul how students are assigned a middle school — though further delay is possible.
One week into the rule change, Berkeley kids have mostly opted to keep masks on indoors.
The school board will consider the data next November when voting on whether to leave in place the current two-zone enrollment policy or replace it with a new policy.
Community members are invited to voice their opinions in a series of town halls. Students won’t see changes until 2023.
With pressure mounting for schools to address learning loss, BUSD takes care to prioritize socio-emotional enrichment.
During the fall semester, middle and high school student grades improved overall, but there were also more Ds and Fs.
Berkeley school news — in brief.
As Berkeley Unified looks into desegregating its middle schools, one campus is poised to be at the center of the debate. The legacy of the district and the future of Longfellow hinge on the outcome.