Berkshire School

245 North Undermountain Road,
Sheffield, MA 01257
Tel: 413-229-1003
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 399 students
Established in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school that prepares 399 ninth-12th graders and post-graduates for a global future.
Pioneering programs—such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, and Sustainability and Resource Management—coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines.
With a range of artistic and athletic offerings, a state-of-the-art Math and Science Center which opened in 2012, a 117,000-square-foot athletic facility, an 8-acre solar field providing 38% of the School's energy needs, and national recognition for its efforts in environmental conservation, it is an extraordinary 400-acre setting in which students are encouraged to to embrace the school motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, “Learning -not just for school but for life.”

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Berkshire School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1907 1908
Campus Size 400 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 399 students 300 students
% Students of Color 28% 18%
% International Students 17% 20%
% Students Boarding 90% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 61% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $126 million
(As of June 30, 2014)
$15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,975 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,975 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 29% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $40,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 65% -
Acceptance Rate 28% 58%
Director of Admissions Andrew Bogardus  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 15
Calculus AB Calculus BC
Chemistry English Language
English Literature Environmental Science
European History French Language
Physics C: Mechanics Spanish Language
Studio Art 2D Design Studio Art 3D Design
Studio Art Drawing Biology
US Government and Politics US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 21 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 33 24
Extracurriculars1907 Society, Astronomy Club, Birding Society, Black Rock Environmental Association, Chess Club, CHOICE, Computer Club, Diversity Club, Drama Club, Fly Fishing Club, French Club, Green Key, Green Paws, International Club, Investment Club, Kids for Kids, Literary Magazine, Maple Syrup Corporation, Nursing Home Visitors, Philanthropy Society, Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Radio Station, Ritt Kellogg Mountaineering Program, Speech & Debate Club,

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • School accreditations: New England Association of School and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • William Knowles '34 - Nobel Prize-winning chemist
    • Calvin Tompkins '47 - Longtime New Yorker art critic
    • Steve Malawista '50 - Lyme Disease founder
    • Ryan Lizza '92 - New Yorker magazine Washington correspondent
    • Lincoln Kierstein '26 - Co-founder of the New York City Ballet
    • E.V. Day '86 - Artist
    • Kacey Bellamy '05 - U.S. Olympic silver medalist in Women's Hockey
    • Bill Matthews '61 - American poet and essayist
    • Chris Brigham '84 - U.S. Ski Team Men's Downhill coach
    • Leon Weil '44 - Former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Salisbury School (8.0 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • SalisburySalisbury School
    251 Canaan Road
    8 mi | 305 students | Gr. 9-12
  • LakevilleThe Hotchkiss School
    11 Interlaken Road
    (860) 435-3102
    10.6 mi | 594 students | Gr. 9-12
  • LakevilleIndian Mountain School
    211 Indian Mountain Road
    435-480-0871 x115
    12.6 mi | 260 students | Gr. Pre-K-9
  • AmeniaThe Kildonan School
    425 Morse Hill Rd.
    17.3 mi | 83 students | Gr. 2-12
  • MillbrookMillbrook School
    131 Millbrook School Road
    845-677-8261 ext. 13
    21.5 mi | 282 students | Gr. 9-12
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