Berkeley vs Piedmont Public Schools
Hello BPN Community,
We are considering buying a home in the area and even though we like Berkeley and have had one good year of experience at a BUSD elementary school (son in grade 1), I hear that Piedmont is a much better school district. I do not see any recent reviews comparing these two school districts on BPN.
We want to make a decision considering middle/high schools as well, and wondering if anyone has had experience with both, or have any inputs on this topic nonetheless. While diversity in Berkeley is definitely a plus, I wonder if lack of adequate funding cuts down music/art programs at schools, compromises on teacher training hence impacting teacher capacity in the long run, and STEM opportunities at middle/high school? On the other hand, some of the older posts say Piedmont is 'insular' and not diverse at all, and I wonder if things have changed over the recent years. Does a smaller district do better integration of its elementary, middle and high schools? Are the teachers in Piedmont consistently good (while I hear in BUSD one could go either way)?
The online ratings do what they do but I'd be thankful to hear opinions and experiences from the community.