A Berkeley High redesign would make freshman year 'universal,' rather than split into small schools and programs.
A proposed redesign would shift the school's current structure, which has students enter specific learning communities, and create a universal ninth grade.
Four years ago Armando Maravilla came out of Longfellow Middle school a C-student. Due to graduate from Berkeley High School next week, Maravilla is now heading to San Francisco State University, planning to study psychology.
Last week, more than 100 community members, educators and city and school officials came together to share a meal and a vision for a future of equal opportunities for all children in Berkeley schools.