After sending her son to another private school for a year, Lu Scannell enrolled him at Berkeley for the combination pre-kindergarten and first-grade class the school offers, and the individual attention.
Now he's a third-grader, and "he loves it. He doesn't want to go home at the end of the day."
Scannell, a musician, appreciates the school's arts emphasis and her son seems drawn to it. But what about the arts-challenged?
"There are some who feel uncomfortable with it at first, but by the end of their years here, it's amazing how many continue in those fields," Costello said.