Honor - Prestige - Excellence

Berkeley Academy for Multicultural Studies

De la Cruz Roja 150 metros Oeste, 350 metros Sur
Santa Ana, 10901
Costa Rica

Vision: To empower all of our students to positively impact and change the world.

Core Values: Honor. Prestige. Excellence

Established: August 2013 (Assumed Bosque de Pinos – Centro Educativo Amanecer 1995)

President, Head of School: Peter J. Swing, B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Costa Rican Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educacion Publica; Direccion de Educacion Privada)
AP/College Board – AP AI/School Code: 834156
College Board Membership ID: 200682275
Asociacion de Centros Educativos Privados (ACEP)

Graduation Program and Curriculum Standards:
Both the U.S. High School (based on the UC/CSU “A-G” Course Requirements) and the Costa Rican National Baccalaureate programs are offered. Diplomas are awarded for each program. The official languages of instruction are: English for U.S. required courses and Spanish for Costa Rican courses.

Academic Calendar and Hours of Instruction:
Berkeley Academy utilizes one academic calendar – the North American calendar (Costa Rican horario diferenciado). Academic school years are divided into two (2) semesters (Fall, Spring). Two (2) semesters are sub-divided into four (4) quarters (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th). Students are physically on campus from 7:45am – 2:45pm, Monday through Friday.

17 classrooms, 1 auditorium on 4,000 sq meters (Apprx. 1 acre). Campus is being relocated to Santa Ana (West) to new facilities that is 10,764 sq meters.

Enrollment: 220 Students (Apprx. 1/3 U.S. & Canadian Citizens; 2/3 Costa Rican or Other Nationality)

Total staff and faculty: 29 (8 Administrative Personnel; 21 Faculty); 21 (12 female, 9 male)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1, Average Class Size: 14

Student/Computer Ratio and Technology:
“Bring your own electronic device” policy; 100% of classrooms have internet access. Berkeley Academy students are supported by Google Education Apps and have personalized accounts with Google Education products.

Class Rank: Berkeley Academy provides class rank. Student admission to the academy is highly selective and based on academic capacity and superior conduct.

Grading Scale:
Unweighted – 0.00 to 4.00 | Weighted – 0.00 – 4.30
4.0 = 95-100 A, 3.9 = 94 A, 3.8 = 93 A, 3.7 = 92 A, 3.6 = 91 A, 3.5 = 90 A, 3.4 = 89 B, 3.3 = 88 B, 3.2 = 87 B, 3.1 = 86 B, 3.0 = 85 B, 2.9 = 84 B, 2.8 = 83 B, 2.7 = 82 B, 2.6 = 81 B, 2.5 = 80 B, 2.4 = 79 C, 2.3 = 78 C, 2.2 = 77 C, 2.1 = 76 C, 2.0 = 75 C, 1.9 = 74 C, 1.8 = 73 C, 1.7 = 72 C, 1.6 = 71 C, 1.5 = 70 C, 1.4 = 69 D, 1.3 = 68 D, 1.2 = 67 D, 1.1 = 66 D, 1.0 > = 65> F Additional points = (1.0) is computed for AP courses with an 85% or higher in course.

AP and Honors Courses:
Berkeley Academy offers 21 AP courses through UC Scout and 20 Honors courses. AP Courses – Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, Comparative Government, English Language, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, French Language and Culture, U.S. History, Human Geography, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, and World History. Honors Courses – Pre-AP English Literature and Composition (9-12th Grade), English Literature and Composition (9-12th Grade), Algebra I, Algerbra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Life Sciences, U.S. History, World History, Introduction to Western Philosophy, Geography.

Extracurricular Activities:
Berkeley Academy offers the following student groups – Model United Nations, Debate Team, Berkeley Academy Students for Engineering, Berkeley Academy Students In Computer Science, Associated Student Body, Journalism/Yearbook, Berkeley Academy Techo (Community Service).

Sports Teams:
Boys JV/Varsity Soccer, Girls JV/Varsity Soccer, Boys JV/Varsity Volleyball, Girls JV/Varsity Volleyball, Boys JV/Varsity Basketball, Girls JV/Varsity Basketball, Track and Field, and Cross Country.

Regional Honors:
Berkeley Academy was recognized as a center of excellence by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education’s Private School Department in April 2015, April 2016, April 2017.

University Acceptances:
Berkeley Academy students have received offers of admission to the following universities:

Academy of Arts University
Art Institute of California – San Francisco
Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University – Rexburg, Idaho
Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hofstra University
Hult International Business School
Manchester University
National Taiwan University
National University of Costa Rica
Purdue University
Reed College
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Costa Rica
University of Maryland – College Park

High School Program Acceptances:

Yale Young Global Scholars (4)
Columbia University High School Program (3)
Johns Hopkins University High School Program (2)
Oxford University Summer Program (2)