The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) assigns new K-8 students to schools based on the "zone" they live in. There are three zones in Berkeley -- roughly three parallel strips stretching from the hills to the bay. BUSD created these zones in order to balance schools socio-economically by including both affluent families (in the hills) and middle-class and working-class families (in the flat lands). In each zone, there are 3-5 elementary schools and one middle school. All students attend Berkeley High School. BUSD also operates a small alternative high school called Berkeley Technology Academy as well as a K-12 Independent Study Program. To find out which zone you live in, see Find your BUSD Zone on the BUSD website.