The Upper Division program is designed to provide students with the atmosphere and advantages of a small liberal arts college. Collectively, we offer more than 60 AP®
, Honors, and Advanced Topics courses, and our three-year Global Scholars program provides a unique, internationally focused course of study.
Students are offered a choice of approximately 100 co-curricular activities and clubs, and they may be selected to join several nationally recognized academic honoraries, including the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society. A culture of student leadership provides a wide range of opportunities – from student clubs and activities, to class representatives and Prefects, to peer tutors and campus guides. Community service at Berkeley cultivates a spirit of social responsibility and is a graduation requirement.
Berkeley is fortunate to have a transition counselor who offers support to new Upper Division students who may need academic support as they acclimate to curricular expectations. A significant part of this support is guided study hall, a six-week support program that meets three times a week to cover such topics as organization, obtaining extra help when needed, habits of “good” studying, and computer skills. The transition counselor works in conjunction with the academic counselors to ensure that each student has the necessary skills to succeed.
Our students receive highly individualized college counseling, starting at the end of their sophomore year. Our College Counseling motto is, “College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” One hundred percent of Berkeley graduates go to college. The graduates of the Class of 2020 were accepted to a combined total of 186 colleges and universities in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Scotland, and the UAE. The class earned over $10 million in scholarships, and 86 percent of the class qualified for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. 15% of the class earned some designation from the National Merit program, either Semi-Finalist, Finalist, Commended Scholar, or National Hispanic Scholar.