Berkeley Hall School

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Berkeley Hall School
16000 Mulholland Drive

Los Angeles
United States
MottoNo limits. No labels. Lots of love.
Campus Size66 acres
Head of SchoolLisle Staley Ph.D.
Student/Teacher ratio8:1
Total Enrolment265
Faculty32 teachers, 12 specialists

Berkeley Hall School (BHS) is a coed independent school for grades Nursery through 8th located on 66 acres off Mulholland Drive near the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, California, US. The school is accredited[1] by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).

Berkeley Hall School was founded in 1911 by Leila and Mabel Cooper, both of whom were Christian Scientists. According to its website, it is nonsectarian and does not teach religion, and says its commitment to education is "rooted in the vision" of the founders.[2]

History and background[edit]

Berkeley Hall was founded by educators Leila and Mabel Cooper. Leila Cooper was a popular teacher at the Westlake School for Girls before leaving to open her own school at the urging of Westlake parents.[3]

Berkeley Hall School was the first coed independent elementary school in Los Angeles. The other existing private schools were single sex. They were The Harvard School for Boys, Westlake School for Girls Harvard-Westlake, and Marlborough School for Girls.

Berkeley Hall was named after Berkeley Square, the first gated community on the West Coast. It was across the street from the school's first campus which was located in what is now the historic West Adams district. The area was marked by tree-lined, upper-class neighborhoods, linked to downtown by electric streetcars.

In 1913, the school moved to a larger facility on 4th Avenue in the same district. Ten years later, a committee of parents and friends began searching for a new location that could accommodate an expanding enrollment. The committee secured money from 20 families to purchase a 70-acre farm known as the Rodeo Land and Water Co. in the village of Beverly Hills. 77 acres were purchased that included lots on Wilshire Blvd to the north to Burton Way and from Doheny to Clark Drive. Parents began subdividing & selling the lots and saved 10 acres for the school.

In 1925, Berkeley Hall School moved to its Swall Drive campus in Beverly Hills where it remained for 51 years.

In 1976, the school purchased its current 66-acre campus on Mulholland Drive. In the fall of 1980, Berkeley Hall School opened its doors to serve both the Westside of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Current tuition is about $28,000/year.[4]


The Head of School since 2011 is Dr. Lisle Staley. Dr Staley has a Master's and Ph.D. in Learning and Instruction from UCLA.[citation needed] She developed and tested assessments at UCLA's Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing. She also was Director of Research and Evaluation for the Santa Barbara Public School District prior to joining Berkeley Hall. Dr. Staley also served as VP of Design and Development for Pearson Achievements Solutions, an education company focused on the development and implementation of large-scale solutions for school districts and teacher professional development programs across the U.S.


  1. ^ "California Association of Independent Schools". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Is Berkeley Hall School a religious school?" Archived February 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Berkeley Hall School.
  3. ^ "Berkeley Hall School 100 year fair". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Tuition & Fees". Retrieved 22 December 2017.[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 34°07′42″N 118°29′00″W / 34.128230°N 118.483430°W / 34.128230; -118.483430