ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY

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1009 HEINZ AVE
BERKELEY, CA 94710
Phone: 510-549-3867
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 60
  • Number Students: 600
  • Number Teachers: 55
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 100
  • Principal: Mr Frederic Canadas
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (19 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (18 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-04
    "Having had two children go through EB we can say that the administration and the teachers are very creative and completely dedicated to the education and emotional development of children. The school community is inclusive and extremely diverse. Our kids grew up knowing that every human, regardless of the color of their skin, are equal in every way. They have made life-long friends because of EB. Our children's French are instilled in them (our household is NOT French speaking) so I'm glad we gave this gift to our children. Is any school, private or public, perfect? Of course not. It is up to the entire community to work together to create an environment that brings about positive ideas, cooperation and a great place for learning and having fun. I am forever indebted to EB for the nurturing environment and dedicated teachers my children experienced. The annual World Celebration event, the March , the trips to Catalina Island/France/Washington DC, are some of the things my kids will always remember. And the new outdoor learning areas will create permanent and wonderful opportunities for future generations of worldly learners."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-24
    "I have two children that went to EB, the last one graduated last year. There are many things I would agree with in the previous reviews, including the global diversity. In my 15 year experience of EB, I did find the administration to be 'snooty', but not the majority of the parent body. It was not my experience that EB was particularly diverse either racially or socio-economically. The school is moving away from it's more inclusive roots and towards being an elite academy. It is very expensive, but as the previous reviewer stated, this is in line with other private schools. There are good teachers there, and there are also some mediocre teachers particularly in the middle school, and given the cost of tuition I would expect all the teachers to be of the highest caliber. Overall I feel that EB is not worth the money, I would have put my kids in Prospect Sierra or Head Royce but-and this is the big hook-we are a French speaking family and I wanted my kids to have the language. The kids coming out of EB have perfect accents but their grammar is atrocious as it's very hard to truly learn a language without it being reinforced in the home."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-28
    "Our son is at EB. This is a review, five years into the French immersion school, with no French at home. I'm focusing on aspects that concern parents I have talked to: (1) "Is it snooty?" No. We find good socio-economic diversity at EB. Most impressive is the global diversity; your child will be ''in the world'' from the get go. . (2) Are the teachers good? Yes. The teachers in all 5 years thus far have mainly been terrific. The way they know your individual child is amazing. (3) Do they downplay art & music? No. Art and music are a natural part of the curriculum especially in the Lower School. Art was important to us when we were looking. The music teacher is also wonderful. (4) Is it big? Not at all; the class sizes are small and the parent community is engaged and diverse. (5) Is it too expensive? Hard to make that call. Private schools are expensive; EB is in line with others. We made an all-things-considered judgment about EB v. other great schools. No school is ''perfect''. But EB helps you to raise a globally comfortable, well-rounded, confident child, in addition to providing high-quality academics and an integrated art curriculum. We have never regretted our choice."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-27
    "When we were faced with having to pick a school/kindergarten for our daughter last year we had a few very solid choices and although we wavered for a while and initially thought that we were going to go with a different school, we ultimately picked Ecole Bilingue. I cannot say how happy we are that we made this decision. We really love the school, as does our five year old. The faculty and administrators and support staff are all great and treat us like we are part of an extended family and the parent community has also been very welcoming. And last week during a break when we were worried that she might lose some of the French (her first encounter with French was pretty much when she started at EB in September), she started speaking to me in French, correctly using some pretty complicated grammar. I can only say that I was almost speechless. I really can't say enough how happy we are that we chose to send our daughter to EB. Suffice to say that she has a baby sister who we hope will also join her there in a few years."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-27
    "Ecole Bilingue We have 2 children at EB. We think the school is fabulous. Our first child was ''quiet'' and we thought he would get lost / overwhelmed at a bigger school so we were happy with the small class sizes at EB. With 2 adults in the K classes the kids often work in small groups getting a lot of individual attention. Because it is a language school a lot of time is spent drawing the children out and getting them to communicate with one another. The cultural diversity is huge. Native French speaking children who have arrived from countries all over the world are in every class. We looked at some schools where all work was project based and there were no ''traditional'' workbooks or writing assignments. EB does have these traditional elements to the curriculum, but there are many non-traditional activities too, particularly in the younger grades. They have gardening, music, cooking, computer, library and field trips. They have classroom visitors from the SF Opera, professional acrobats, authors and many of the parents who come in to share their stories and talents. Most important is the teachers - smart, committed and fun. They make the school."
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