College Advising at Berkeley High School

Archived Q&A and Reviews


College essay writing workshop

June 2016

My son is in BIHS and his college counselor is Angela Price. She recommended he take the college essay writing workshop , which is held the week after finals 9-11am, M-F. I have an email in to Ms. Price but in the meantime I'd like to get some feedback from families who have a student who has attended this workshop. We're not using a private college counselor because we're trying to keep it low-key; he's applying to UCs, CSUs, and a few private/out of state schools. Is it worth it? Will he leave this workshop with several essays he can use for his college apps? Thanks!
made it through junior year

My daughter graduated from BHS in 2010 and is now a grad student at University of Chicago.  I
remember Angela Price well.  The workshop wasn't offered when we were there, however there were
volunteers who worked with our kids in the College and Career Center.  I have the utmost
respect for Ms. Price.  If she thinks the workshop is worthwhile, I would certainly take
advantage of it.  We spent a few hundred dollars with a private essay writing coach and my
daughter ended up rewriting hers with one of the volunteers at BHS who was recommended by
Angela. My daughter was accepted into 7 schools.  Good luck.
Been there

Teacher recommendation letters for college from BHS

April 2015

Hello -- I am writing to ask for any suggestions or perspective on how the teacher recommendation letters work at BHS. My Junior student is in the IB program, and has heard that you can only ask one Math/Science teacher and one Humanities teacher for recommendations. When asking the Science teacher, was told there will be an application process and lottery to determine who gets recommendation letters from this teacher. In general, it seems teachers have been conveying message that there are a lot of students, they'll choose who they'll write letters for, no guarantees, etc. Not entirely the most friendly approach, it seems. I know BHS is huge, and that there are a lot of students and teachers can't write hundreds of letters - but now it seems unclear whether my son's first choice teachers would even agree to write the letters, which are so important for college applications. It's unfortunate that this may be adding another level of stress for students during a process that already has so many elements! Would appreciate perspective of parents who have been through this already. Thank you. anon


My son went through the process this year with no problems. The BHS teachers are very supportive and want to help their students. They do get lots of requests so they need students to ask early so they don't get stuck with lots of letters to do over the winter break. I did not hear of any student not getting the letters they needed. I was really impressed with the college process at BHS. I have other kids who went through the process at private high schools - I thought BHS did a better job of managing things and keeping the stress level down. The college counseling center at BHS is fabulous. Happy BHS Parent