Berkeley Academy Admissions Process
As an elite and world-class educational institution, Berkeley Academy’s student admissions process is one of the country’s most demanding and difficult for elementary, middle school and high school students. We have a rolling admissions policy. However, we maintain a highly preferred admissions testing and application window from April to July.

Admission to Berkeley Academy is extremely selective based on conduct, academic performance, specialized talent, and/or diversity of personal background. Prospective students are highly encouraged to apply between April and July for admission to the following academic semester in August. We take a holistic approach, with preference to those students who have demonstrated outstanding citizenship, core values and academic excellence.


  1. Berkeley Academy Student Application
  2. Copy of student’s birth certificate
  3. Copy of student’s passport – identification page only
  4. Copy of vaccination record
  5. 1 passport-ID size photo
  6. 2 years of previous academic records (official transcripts)
  7. Letter of good financial standing from the previous institution
  8. Official police reports, background checks for both parents
The Application Process
Send an official request to Berkeley Academy administration via email or phone to request an official admission interview. Academic transcripts, conduct records, and at least one (1) letter of recommendation from an academic/community service-related source are required for applicants entering middle school and above. Applicants will be notified within one week (seven working days) if they have received an offer for interview.
Prospective students will be thoroughly interviewed by admissions officers who will be examining conduct, English language level, and knowledge of age- appropriate material. If the prospective student(s) successfully pass(es) the interview, they will be notified and scheduled for an entrance examination.
Entrance Examination
Prospective students who successfully pass the interview will be scheduled for an entrance examination testing the following areas: 1) Public Speaking 2) English 3) Math 4) Reading Comprehension 5) Essay Writing. A score of at least 85% in all areas is preferred.
Studying at Berkeley Academy
Middle School - Jaden Swing

Jaden Swing is currently an Grade 12 Senior. He is on the Varsity Soccer Team and hopes to study Marine Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Freshman - Oria Horcajo

Oria Horcajo is currently a Freshman at Berkeley Academy. She recently participated in the Cal Invitational where she visited Stanford University (pictured), University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. Her interests are in the humanities, more specifically the area of legal studies and law.

ASB President - Jacques Cole

Jacques Cole is currently a 10th Grade Sophomore. He is Associated Student Body President-Elect and Vice President of the Berkeley Academy Debate Team. This academic year he has been accepted to the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, where he will be visiting New Haven, Connecticut, and studying at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. His academic interests are criminology and legal studies.

Sophomore - Lucia Conte

Lucia Conte is currently a 10th Grade Sophomore. She recently was accepted to an internship with Dr. Eric Pido at San Francisco State University.

Ask an admissions officer a question

For national/local applicants
Bill Large
For international applicants
Marva Escoe