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I am looking for some parent "reviews" of the new universal 9th grade at Berkeley High. What do you think of the curriculum? Is it academically challenging/engaging for more advanced learners?
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My advanced-learner daughter was challenged last year mostly by her non-universal classes (Advanced Math 1 and Mandarin), but she was at least engaged in her universal classes, thanks to excellent teachers. Ethnic studies/social living involved a lot of class discussions and learning about civil rights, some of which was eye-opening to her. For English, they seemed mostly to read and reflect on books of their own choosing, with some reading and writing essays on stories they read as a class. Physics was a lot of experiments and what seemed to be a good grounding in the basics.