Secondary Division


  • Dates
  • June 22 - July 31, 2020
  • Location
  • UC Berkeley campus
  • Weekly Schedule
  • Half-year equivalent classes: varies (usually 2 days per week)
    Full-year equivalent classes: 3 days per week
  • Daily Schedule
  • Morning classes: 8:30 a.m. to noon
    Afternoon classes: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fees
  • Application processing fee: $50
    ($80 for international students)
    5-unit courses: $650 - $800
    10-unit courses: $950 - $1100
  • Discounts
  • Sibling discount: $35 per sibling attending
    Need-based financial aid is available
    See Financial Aid
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    about SD courses

ATDP’s Secondary Division, administered through UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, offers challenging courses to highly motivated students who have completed Grades 7-11 (and are entering Grades 8-12). Students are invited to attend the program on the basis of exceptional academic talent.

Classes are held in buildings across the UC Berkeley campus, including Berkeley Way West: the home of the Graduate School of Education at 2121 Berkeley Way.

ATDP’s course offerings cover a wide variety of disciplines. Instruction is fast-paced, and expectations are high—each six-week course is designed either to cover a semester’s worth (7.5 school days per class session) or a full year’s worth (10 school days per class session) of material. The number of hours of homework per ATDP class session is commensurate to the number of school days that the class covers and is provided within each course description.

ATDP is committed to supporting gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in all of its programs.

You can download the complete Secondary Division catalog as a PDF (6.1 MB).

See also the Elementary Division for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6.

Who are ATDP students?

ATDP’s goal is to select students who will benefit from the challenging course offerings and will succeed in this fast-paced program. Students are eligible to attend ATDP’s Secondary Division once they complete Grade 7 and can apply each summer through the completion of Grade 11. Students become ineligible for ATDP when they complete Grade 12.

On average, admitted students have scored in the advanced range on the California Standards Test (CST) or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized achievement test in both mathematics and English Language Arts or reading. Additionally, ATDP students tend to earn an overall academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on an unweighted 4-point scale. Please remember that these are not hard-and-fast selection criteria, but rather general guidelines. Designation as “gifted” at your home school is not required for admission to ATDP. Students with marks of “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” in conduct or citizenship are not a good fit for the program.

Who are ATDP Faculty?

Our faculty include exceptionally talented public and private school instructors, as well as university researchers and industry professionals. In addition to their excellence as classroom instructors, they share a serious commitment to the education of gifted and talented youth.