Volunteering Opportunities

Building Foundations

Berkeley’s elementary schools, spanning Kindergarten through 5th grade, can be found in every corner of the city. Through an innovative elementary admissions process and cross-district busing, BUSD has succeeded in designing communities of elementary learning that reflect the diversity of Berkeley.

Elementary school volunteers often spend time:

  • Supporting reading, writing, math, or science under the guidance of the Host Teacher
  • Providing one-on-one support for struggling students, or assisting small groups
  • Helping classroom teachers with the set-up or break-down of activities

Volunteers Also:

  • Assist the Science Resource Teacher with hands-on science labs
  • Support Gardening Teachers with outdoor ecology lessons
  • Support site Librarians with tracking and maintaining book collections

Berkeley’s elementary schools run August through June, on either the “early start” (8-2:35) or “late start” (9-3:30) schedules.

There are also many opportunities to support Berkeley’s LEARNS and BEARS after school programs (3-6 pm daily) with both academics and enrichment.

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!

To hear more from Berkeley’s experienced  volunteers, see our Volunteer Testimonials