Refunds • Admissions • Accessibility • Anti-Bullying Policy and Complaint Form
Student/Staff Privacy and Personal Information Policy
This policy includes the stipulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Refunds and Other Policies
Refund Policy for ESL, Adult Basic Ed, and High School/GED Classes
When ESL ($45) and ABE/ASE/High School/GED ($35) students register for classes, they pay a non-refundable registration fee to cover processing, placement/assessment testing, and orientation.
Refund Policy for Career Tech Ed, Community Interest, and Saturday Classes
Please note: Classes registered online MAY NOT be cancelled for refund online. You must call the office (510.644.6130) or come into the office in person to request a refund for a class registered online.
Please choose your classes carefully. Refunds will be offered up to 1 business day before the start of the first class meeting. After that, no refunds or transfer of fees will be issued unless a class is cancelled by the school. No exceptions to this policy. A visitor's pass (good for 30 minutes) is available from the Main Office if you're unsure of a class. Speak with the instructor if you have questions about the class or your particular situation. An instructor may drop a student who misses five or more class hours, and no refund will be issued.
Classes are open to adults 18 years and older. Children are not permitted in adult school classes.
Classes are wheelchair accessible via two elevators. If you require specific accommodation due to a disability, please call 510.644.6130 and make your request at least two weeks in advance of your start date.
Anti-Bullying Policy and Bullying Complaint Form
The Governing Board of the Berkeley Unified School District affirms that every student and staff member has the right to a safe and secure school environment, free of humiliation, intimidation, fear, harassment, or any form of bullying behavior. For more information, click to download:
• Anti-Bullying Policy (.pdf),
• Anti-Bullying Regulations (.pdf),
• Bullying Complaint Form 2012 (.doc) or (.pdf)
Children are not permitted in adult school classes.
Classes with low enrollment (fewer than 15 students) or low attendance may be canceled by the administrator. If a class is canceled by the school, please apply for your refund within five days of the cancel date.
Berkeley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age or sex in any of its policies or procedures related to admissions, employment, financial aide, educational services, programs or activities.
Fees and Class Size
ESL, Adult Basic Education, High School Diploma/GED classes have a non-refundable fee for processing, placement/assessment, and orientation. Lifelong Learning classes have a non-refundable registration fee. Check the individual pages for details. Fee-based classes (community interest, career classes) are listed with class fees in the catalog and on this website in the class listings. Fees are based on the number of students needed to cover class cost. Classes with low enrollment may have the fees and/or hours adjusted, or may be cancelled.
Berkeley Adult School is accredited as a post-secondary institution, but is not a college, university, or degree-granting institution. Hours of attendance at this school do not fulfill the educational requirements of any contract that requires attendance at a college or university, or the requirements of a visa. BAS does not issue visas and cannot validate visas. All necessary travel documents should be handled by the issuing agency in the student's home country before travelling to the United States.
Notice About Checks
There will be a service charge of $25 on all checks which fail to clear through your bank.
Pre-registration is required for career technical and fee-based (community interest) classes. Check the Registration Information page for details. Classes risk cancellation if the minimum number of students is not reached BEFORE the first class session. We price our classes affordably to cover our costs for teachers' salaries, teaching materials, and classroom facilities. If we do not have the minimum number of students in a class, we will give the students the option of paying a slightly higher class fee, reducing the number of hours of instruction, or cancelling the class. We do not like to cancel a class, so register NOW and attend.
Smoking is prohibited in all BAS buildings and in posted areas.
Uniform Complaint Procedure
In accordance with state guidelines, the District has adopted Uniform Complaint Procedures which shall be followed when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment or intimidation, or failure to comply with state and federal laws related to adult basic education programs, consolidated categorical programs, Career Technical Education programs, and special education programs. For more information, click to download:
• Complaint Form 2012 in .doc format
• Complaint Form 2012 in .pdf format
Registered students or legal guardians of registered students participating in Berkeley Adult School programs agree to hold Berkeley Unified School District free and harmless from any claim or expense that may arise from participation in the program(s). Berkeley Unified School District does not carry medical insurance for its students.