About BUSD Elementary Schools
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– Aug 23, 2021(9 replies)
We will soon be enrolling our child in kindergarten and as I've been talking to a few parents, I heard someone mention that there are no science teachers in the elementary schools (!!!). Current parents - is that true? The person had mentioned they had heard that only schools with PTAs that choose to fund a science teacher will get science curriculum. I feel like this has to be false, but wanted to hear it from current parents. If it is true, are parents generally fine with this because the rest of the curriculum makes up for it? I'm not familiar with Common Core, but it looks like it only covers math and literacy.Aug 23, 2021
– Mar 7, 2021(11 replies)
My wife and I have been having a tough time coming up with a plan on how to approach schooling for next year. We have loved our Berkeley elementary school (Sylvia Mendez), but are afraid that full time instruction won't resume next fall.
Do we stick it out? Find a private school? Move to another district? Are these the types of options you are weighing? How did you decide?
Thanks.Mar 7, 2021
– Feb 17, 2021(3 replies)
Please tell me more about science and social studies in BUSD particularly in elementary grades. Our experience this year has been underwhelming. Now, we are in a pandemic, and I figured this year reading and math will be favored, and we are also grateful that the amount of work has been kept manageable. But, wondering ahead, how much are science and social studies covered in a regular year? Would love to hear your anecdotes and grade level. I know the state standards, just want to know what actually happens.Feb 17, 2021
– Nov 28, 2020(3 replies)
We're a multiracial family with a kid who is Black and Asian and about to make the big decision to move to Berkeley. What are people's experiences of having a Black kid in BUSD?
We're attracted to Rosa Parks elementary and would love to hear more about it, especially since we can't visit:(
Or are there other public elementaries people would recommend for a supportive, fufilling and academically rich environment for a kid, and in particular a kid who is Black?
Lastly, any recs for Mandarin language afterschool programs? Also we saw on the website Rosa Parks has a Chinese before school program??
Thanks so much!Nov 28, 2020
– May 12, 2020(4 replies)
Before the pandemic hit us, we had already planned on switching our first grade son from a private school to BUSD. He was assigned to Rosa Parks and he's on the waitlist at Jefferson. I have heard not great reports about the distance learning at Thousand Oaks, so I started to wonder if Rosa Parks and Jefferson are doing a better job (in case this continues next fall). Can people let me know their experiences at either of those schools (in particular, second grade)?
Thanks in advance.May 12, 2020
– Jun 1, 2017(2 replies)
Hi There! We will be moving to Berkeley at the end of the summer. My kids will be entering 3rd and 6th grades in the fall and attending public school in Berkeley. Does anyone know where to find recommended summer reading lists for the district? We are already on Summer Break in our current home town, so I'd love to get them started on the lists if there are any.
Thank you!Jun 1, 2017
– Mar 21, 2017(1 reply)
We just got our assignment for Kindergarten, and we will qualify for taking the bus. Does anyone know how far from your house the bus stops usually are? Also, how long the average bus ride is? Thanks!Mar 21, 2017