Mathematics Department

Welcome to the Berkeley High School Mathematics Department Website!

We are glad you're here. We hope that you find this website and its resources helpful. Happy mathing!

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Advanced Math 1 Placement Test Information for Incoming 9th graders

Berkeley High School offers an Advanced Math 1 course for students who have a passion for mathematics and want to invest extra time and effort in their 9th grade math class. Students interested in this course are required to take a placement test, which will be administered in May. Placement determinations are made at the discretion of Berkeley High School math instructors; all placement decisions are final.

The BHS Advanced Math 1 Placement Test will be administered on Tuesday, May 3rd at BHS for new-to-BUSD students only, and on Wednesday, May 4th at BUSD middle schools (Longfellow, Willard, King) for current BUSD students.

To sign up, please complete this Google form using your berkeley.net student account.

For more information, please review this FAQ document.

Math 1 students interested in Advanced Math 2?

Berkeley High School offers an Advanced Math 2 course for students who have a passion for mathematics and want to invest extra time and effort in their 10th grade math class.

There are four required steps in the process to move from Math 1 to Advanced Math 2:

1) Earn an A in the second semester of Math 1.

2) Demonstrate outstanding mathematical reasoning and communication skills on the Mathematics Communication and Reasoning Assessment.

3) Complete and submit all supplemental summer coursework.

4) Demonstrate strong conceptual understanding and skill mastery on the Mathematical Reasoning and Communication Assessment in early August.

On Thursday, April 28th, 2022, you will have an opportunity to take the Mathematical Reasoning and Communication Assessment (MRCA). The MRCA will be given at BHS. Please sign up on the door of H113.

This process is the last entry point into the advanced math sequence. Students who are placed in Math 2 will not have an opportunity to place into Advanced Math 3.


If you have a school-sponsored event after school on Thursday, April 28th, please contact Ms. Austera (koriannaaustera at berkeley dot net) no later than Friday, April 22nd.


If you have testing accommodations, please send Ms. Austera (koriannaaustera at berkeley dot net) a copy of your 504 plan or IEP no later than Friday, April 22nd.


Please see the attached document for more information about the process for going from Math 1 to Advanced Math 2.

Transfer students who are interested in enrolling in Advanced Math 2 (sophomores) or Advanced Math 3 (juniors)

If you were enrolled in an advanced or honors course, or participated in an accelerated course sequence, you may take the placement test for Advanced Math 2 (incoming sophomores) or Advanced Math 3 (incoming juniors). This placement test will take place during orientation week in August.


Please email Ms. Austera (koriannaaustera at berkeley dot net) if you are transferring to BHS and were enrolled in an accelerated, advanced, or honors math course at your previous school.

Overview of the Site

    • Our Approach to Mathematics Instruction: Find a description of our approach to math instruction as well as information about the Common Core Standards and our curriculum, the Mathematics Vision Project (MVP).

    • Course Progression: Learn about the math course progression at Berkeley High.

    • Course Placement: Learn about how students are placed in our math courses.

    • Student and Parent Resources: Information on homework, links to our support websites, school resources, and additional resources can be found here.

    • Contact us: Contact information for the leaders of the math department.

    • Mathematics Department Staff: Contact your math teacher here.

    • FAQ: There is a general FAQ here as well as an FAQ for our advanced math sequence.


Math Department Free Tutoring:

Several math teachers offer tutorials at varying times between 1:30 and 5:00 PM.


In addition, the Virtual Student Learning Center is open from 3:30 - 6:00 PM, Monday-Thursday, with college tutors and community volunteers. You can find more information about the VSLC and the Zoom link here.


Math Club:

Does your student love to play with math and with puzzles? Check out the Mathletes! The faculty sponsor for 2021-2022 is Mr. Goldfield (dangoldfield@berkeley.net).