In 1960, Berkeley Preparatory School was founded in affiliation with the Episcopal Church, and continues to be spiritually rooted in the Episcopal tradition. Since its founding, Berkeley has welcomed students from all faiths, traditions and perspectives. We are blessed with a rich, religious diversity and believe that every member of our community brings important gifts to our community. Berkeley strives to nurture in each student an awareness of God and a sense of moral responsibility.
Our vision is, “Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference.” To this end, we aim to not only teach students, but also to help them transform into young adults who are lifelong learners, who are problem solvers, who have the ability to reflect deeply, and who are ethical and moral. Like other Episcopal Schools, our mission is not to form each student as a Christian. However, we believe that each student should have a foundation in the Judeo-Christian tradition that is at the heart of our school. Our Core Values of Discipline, Diligence and Integrity and our Core Cultural Norms of Passion, Commitment, Optimism, Positive Energy, Kindness, Respect, and A Desire for Excellence are the bedrocks of our community.
Of course, Berkeley values the richness of diversity in all aspects – including religious affiliation. As such, we invite all students and faculty - Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition—both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives.
We gather daily for convocations where we pause in the midst of a busy day to reflect on our gifts, and to recite the school prayer. Special religious convocations are held in each of the three divisions of the school to celebrate Christian holidays, such as Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter and Pentecost. As a school that is blessed with rich diversity, we also have Interfaith Convocations which allow students from a variety of faith perspectives to share their holidays, such as Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Eid al Fitr, Diwali, Hannukah and Passover.