Secondary Division 2023

Guide for On-Site Students




After more than two years of working from home, we are excited to welcome the ATDP community back to the UC Berkeley campus. We remain committed to helping you make the most of your summer, and we’re glad you’re joining us in rising to the challenge!

This Guide provides steps for admitted ATDP students to prepare for class. See also our page for general Secondary Division information.


Course Placement

Course placement details, including any wait pool status, can be viewed on your online account by logging into and going to the COURSE PLACEMENT tab. We attempt to place students in their first choice when possible. Factors in course placement include the date an application is complete (not necessarily the date submitted), completion of course prerequisites, and a student’s relative academic performance. Please consider these factors carefully if applying in 2024!

Confirming Your Spot

Whether or not they are planning to attend, each student’s parent/guardian must fill out and submit the online Enrollment Form, which allows ATDP to confirm or release that space in the assigned course. This can be found in the FORMS tab of your online account. Please let us know as early as you can!

Tuition Payment

Tuition payments are due by May 8 for those who applied by our standard deadline, and within 10 business days for applicants applying during our extended period. For families electing to pay in installments, a minimum amount of $100 of your tuition balance is due May 8, with the remaining balance to be paid in full no later than June 9.

See also our Course Placement & Wait Pool FAQs.



Preparing for Class

Good study habits must begin even before the first class! Check off each item below as your summer at ATDP approaches.

  • Review this Student Guide
    You’re doing it right now! Well done!

  • Mark your calendar
    Ensure your schedule is clear for every class meeting. Due to the July 19 and July 4 holidays, most classes will have a rescheduled make-up class session. The first day of class is Tuesday, June 20 for almost all courses, except those meeting on a WF schedule or unless otherwise noted. Regularly-scheduled Monday classes will be held on Monday, July 3. (Follow instructions in your Enrollment Form if you anticipate attendance conflicts; see our attendance policy.)

  • Complete your Enrollment Form – due Monday, May 8
    Review the policies and procedures below before agreeing to enroll. See the Course Placement tab in your online account for details and tuition payment instructions. Remember that you may need to submit Proof of Immunization separately. Need to withdraw? See Withdrawal & Refunds.

  • Register for Explorations
    Optional. Secondary Division students may start to sign up Explorations, starting now! You’ll find the online Explorations Registration Form in the Forms section of your online account.

  • Contact your school counselor or principal
    Optional. We recommend contacting a high school counselor or principal before the end of the school year if you wish to ask the school to list your ATDP class on its transcript. See Documenting Coursework.

  • Take your course’s readiness test, if required
    Only for certain students: The Course Placement tab in your online account will include a note if you are required to test. Details and updates regarding our readiness testing will be published on this web page.

  • Plan your schedule and commute
    Take note of your class meeting schedule and plan to spend significant time between classes to complete coursework and study. Don’t forget to include your commute in your schedule! If you want to join our automated Commuter Directory, see the Transportation section below.

  • SD Welcome & Orientation Online
    Recommended, optional.
    On Sunday, June 4, we will be holding our live-streamed Secondary Division Orientation online to welcome students and families, provide updates, and answer questions. Please keep an eye on our News page for details as they become available!

  • Review the Orientation Letter from your instructor
    By June 4, instructors will have their Orientation Letter available to download, which usually includes one or more assignments due on the first day of class. This letter may also include any updates about textbooks, required supplies or software, and—if the class normally meets on Mondays or Tuesdays—the make-up plan for the June 19 and July 4 administrative holidays.

  • Purchase textbooks and supplies
    Some teachers will require their students to buy textbooks, class materials, or other items specified in a supply list. If available, a link to your textbook information is in the Course Placement tab of your online account. Details about texts and supplies will be provided by your instructor in their Orientation Letter.

  • Complete your first assignment before the start of class
    ATDP courses move fast and expectations are high! Expect to receive one or more assignments from your instructor that will be due by your first day of class.




Commuter Directory

For those interested in forming travel groups—whether to carpool in a private vehicle or meet at a convenient BART station—your account on the ATDP website will allow you to opt in to the commuter directory on a per-class basis.

Visit, select “Course Placement,” and click on the “Commuter Info” link for each relevant enrollment. Follow the instructions and select your preferences to find matches based on your course’s schedule and meeting time. From the list, select the Bay Area city or town nearest you.

The ATDP commuter directory is provided solely for your convenience, and it is up to you to make arrangements with other families listed in the directory. By opting in to ATDP’s commuter directory, you agree to make your contact information available to other families using this service. ATDP is not liable for any circumstances resulting from the use of this information. ATDP does not provide any other help or service in arranging for transportation to and from its program locations. If you have questions or cannot access the commuter directory online, call or email the ATDP office for assistance.



BART is a popular and convenient transportation option! The ATDP office in University Hall is just 500 feet from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Tip: You can use our online commuter directory to find other students who want to meet at a nearby BART station and ride together.

Youth Clipper: The Youth Clipper card allows those age 18 or younger to ride at half the price of a standard fare. These discounted cards may be obtained by a brief application in person or via mail, email, or fax. Visit this Clipper Card web page for application information. Note: BART has discontinued the “BART Orange” program for discounted student paper tickets. However, students may still use existing Orange tickets for transit to and from ATDP during the summer.

Bear Transit shuttles

The UC Berkeley Bear Transit shuttles make regular trips to stops across campus, which may be useful for students whose classroom location is further uphill (east). Find stop locations and service updates at The Perimeter Lines (marked “P” running clockwise and “R” running counter-clockwise) circle the entire campus every half hour. For those coming on public transit, there is a convenient stop near BART at Shattuck Square and Addison Street, near the Sandwich Zone shop. The shuttle is free for students who show their ATDP ID card (distributed during the first class meeting); fare is $1 for others.

Ride Hailing

UC Berkeley’s Parking & Transportation Office has established designated pick-up and drop-off zones for students using a ride hailing service (such as Uber or Lyft). Riders must meet the vehicle at a designated zone. ATDP students may find the West Crescent (Zone 1) or Stanley Hall/Evans Mining Circle (Zone 3) the most convenient.


Parking is very difficult near campus. Street parking in the areas surrounding the campus is restricted to two hours. On-campus parking is generally restricted to permit-holders. Find more information about visitor parking at the Parking & Transportation Office website, or call 510-643-7701. The City of Berkeley also operates several public garages; see




Policies & Procedures

Requesting a Change in Course Placement

All communications regarding changes in course selection or placement must be in writing and sent to the ATDP office through the online Modify Course Selection form. You can find links to this online form in the Course Placement tab of your online account. You may only request courses for which you have not already been considered. You may also use this form to request to be added to the wait pool for a currently closed class or to petition for a second course.

Give the Director at least ten business days to review your request and do not send more than one copy of your request. We often need to wait for spaces to open up before we can make course changes, so please be patient. We will make changes until the end of May. Check current course availability on our online catalog.

If you are requesting a course change and are planning to decline your current course placement, please act promptly in submitting your Modify Course Selection form. We will send you a new course placement notice if we are able to accommodate your request. You will then have ten business days to accept or decline the new offer.

COVID safety & procedures

All ATDP students must comply with local public health guidelines and with program requirements regarding COVID-19 prevention practices. Students may be dismissed from the Program without refund for failure to follow requirements set by local government, UC Berkeley, ATDP, and instructional staff. Requirements may change and may differ depending on specific circumstances. They may include but are not limited to universal facial masking, social distancing, and strong hygiene and cleanliness practices (see our COVID updates page for current guidelines).

If in-person class meetings are impacted by public health conditions, COVID infection, or illness, ATDP will make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Classes may change to an online format if deemed necessary. There will be no exception to ATDP’s Refund Schedule or Attendance Policy. Even provided good faith efforts on the part of families and of ATDP to accommodate absence due to illness, missing too much class time may affect the student’s grade, affect eligibility for a recommendation of credit, or result in dismissal from the program without refund.

Withdrawals & Refunds

If you decide not to accept your course placement, you must select the appropriate option on the online Enrollment Form (in the Forms tab of your account). The form must be submitted no later than Monday, May 8th, 2023 (Early and Standard window applicants) or within 2 weeks of your course placement offer (Extended window applicants), but please complete it as soon as possible so that another student can be placed in the class. If you need to withdraw after you have completed your Enrollment Form, please email your written withdrawal notice to ATDP.

Prior to the full refund deadline (May 17th, 2023), payments are refundable. After this date, refunds are subject to the Refund Schedule; see below. No refund will be made in the case of a student who fails to attend classes or is withdrawn from ATDP for failure to meet the standards of appropriate behavior, including completion of homework. Students with outstanding balances after June 9th, 2023 will be automatically withdrawn from the program without refund.

Refund Schedule
Wednesday, May 17th 100% Refund of tuition paid to date
Friday, June 2nd 40% Refund of tuition if paid in full
Friday, June 16th 20% Refund of tuition if paid in full
No refund after June 16th
  • All withdrawals from the Program must be made in writing (email).
  • Withdrawal date is the email date.
  • The refund amounts indicated are based on tuition paid in full.
  • If paying in installments, refunds are issued only if tuition paid
    to date exceeds the refund amount according to the percentages above.
  • Refunds will be issued by the end of August.