UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program 3639 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA94720 This project of Cal's Graduate School of Education offers intensive summer enrichment programs for high-achieving 1st…More through 12th graders, and advanced placement summer school classes for high schoolers. Admission is highly competitive, with preference given to returning students from past summers. Classes include Egyptology, biology and trigonometry, art and writing for primary grades, and AP comparative government, AP economics, AP environmental science, AP art history and AP Latin for high schoolers. ATDP does not administer the AP tests during the summer, but can give advice on where to take them. Most classes cost less than $800. Grades 7 and up are taught on the Cal campus; the younger grades are at a school in Point Richmond nearby. Students must live within commute distance of the class sites; the program does not provide housing. The staff is very friendly.
Daruma no Gakko 2342 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA94704 Founded by mothers of Japanese descent, this four-week summer school program offers children grades K - 6 a chance to…More learn about their Japanese-American history, art, cuisine and language. All ethnicities are welcome, and the half-day program is remarkably affordable.
DaVinci Day Camp 1700 Shattuck Ave # 305, Berkeley, CA94709 A division of Education Unlimited, DaVinci Day Camp offers engaging and…More educational summer camp programs for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. DaVinci hosts programs throughout the Bay Area that explore reading, writing, science, engineering, art, drama and public speaking.
Education Unlimited 1681 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA94709 Education Unlimited is a California-based private company specializing in academic camps and precollege summer camps for…More students in 4th through 12th grade. The company started in 1993 as a college-prep program; now its programs range from writing and acting to public speaking and science camps. Camps are held in many locations throughout California as well as Massachusetts.
The Berkeley-Albany YMCA, founded in 1903, offers Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as child care and…More resources for pregnant women. The child care program accepts children from birth to age 5.
The Y also offers parent-child programs, teen development, summer camp, youth educational and college preparatory programs, family resources and holistic health and wellness programs for all ages and abilities. The YMCA strives to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of the communities in which it resides, and all are welcome.
Berkeley Scholars to Cal 2400 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA94704 The Berkeley Scholars to Cal program seeks to provide a more comprehensive remedy to the problem of inequalities in our…More schools by providing 75 African American and Latino students with eight years of assistance before their high school graduation. This includes summer and after-school academies, case managers and student mentors and has been wildly successful, with student graduates of the program excelling far beyond their similarly situated classmates. Contact the program to make a donation, volunteer your time or to nominate a student you would like to see involved in the program.
Emeryville Martial Arts 4770 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA94608 Emeryville Martial Arts is a fitness studio specializing in teaching Cuong Nhu. Situated in a 3,000-square-foot…More facility, it offers a variety of programs for kids, teenagers and adults. Summer camps and birthday parties also are available. The studio offers free trial classes for new students. Registration is available on the website.
National Forensic Consortium 1681 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA94709 This local branch of a national not-for-profit specializes in teaching students the forensic arts, including…More public speaking and debate. The Forensic Consortium is affiliated with Education Unlimited, a program dedicated to summer camps.
The Parks, Recreation & Waterfront department of the City of Berkeley manages parks throughout the…More city, including athletic fields, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, tot lots and playgrounds and a skate park at 5th and Harrison Street. It offers a comprehensive recreation program featuring sports and aquatics, after school and weekend programs and youth summer camps.
Programs such as the Adventure Playground, the Shorebird Park Nature Center and the Marina Experience Programs provide visitors an opportunity to enjoy the bay environment. Berkeley residents can also access camps that are operated by the city at Tuolumne Family Camp near Yosemite and Echo Lake Camp near South Lake Tahoe. A limited number of scholarships are available for all camps. For more information about current programs, visit the administrative offices at 2180 Milvia Street or visit this link.
Walden Center & School 2446 McKinley Ave, Berkeley, CA94703 This K - 6 school and Bay Area Certified Green Business offers classes in traditional academic subjects while also…More focusing on arts, music and drama as essential elements of a well-rounded education. The teachers run the school, ensuring their independence, and each child is given highly individualized attention. Walden Center & School also runs before- and after-school programs as well as a summer camp.
Live Oak Community Center 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA94709 The Live Oak Community Center is a multipurpose facility that can be reserved and rented by community members for a…More variety of functions. The center includes a social hall that can accommodate up to 200 people, several community rooms for meetings, classes and events of varying size, a kitchen and a fireside room with a hearth. Outside, two children’s playgrounds, a soccer field, and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts provide a field of play for youth of all ages. After-school programs and summer programs are also available here. For a current guide to activities, visit the Web site or stop by in person to pick up an Activity Guide.
Kids 'N' Clay 809A Allston Way, Berkeley, CA94710 This local pottery studio offers ongoing weekly ceramic instruction for children from ages 3 - 18. Skills taught include…More wheel throwing, hand-building and basic sculpture techniques. The instructors also host parties, teach after-school programs and run summer camps. Saturday hours are available. The studio is located in the heart of West Berkeley's main shopping district, about twelve blocks from the North Berkeley BART Station.
The Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technol 2120 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA94704 As competency in information technology becomes increasingly important in the new economy, inequalities have emerged…More between the types of people learning the new technologies and those who are often left behind. BFOIT tries to bridge these gulfs by training members of underrepresented groups, including women, African-Americans and Latinos, in the field of Information Technology and Computer Science. They provide programs for middle and high school students, a summer institute and scholarships for SAT tutoring.
The Crowden School is a day school for students in grades four through eight that provides a traditional academic…More education along with a top-notch musical program for piano and strings.
As part of the school, The Crowden Center for Music in the Community offers after school, weekend and summer music lessons to both children and adults. It also hosts performances by its students that are open to the community. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.