Berkshire School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
Tel: 413-229-1003
245 North Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257
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Founded in 1907, Berkshire is a co-ed boarding and day school for grades 9-12 & PG. Advanced Math/Science
Research, Advanced Humanities Research, STEAM, championship athletics and a range of arts offerings on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.
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Founded in 1907, Berkshire is a co-ed boarding and day school for grades 9-12 & PG. Advanced Math/Science
Research, Advanced Humanities Research, STEAM, championship athletics and a range of arts offerings on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.
  • 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 STEAM-coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines.
  • With a range of artistic and athletic offerings, a new Fine Arts Center, a state-of-the-art Math and Science Center, a 117,000-square-foot athletic facility, an 8-acre solar field providing 40% 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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  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars   8/14/2014
    Columbia University
    I wouldn’t trade my time at Berkshire for anything because of the extraordinary community that I joined. The students, teachers, faculty, and alumni I met at Berkshire were amazingly genuine and inspiring. Teachers are invested. . .

  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars   11/24/2011
    Gettysburg College
    One of the most unique aspects of Berkshire is the strong sense of community, which forms in a natural manner from year to year. Both faculty and peers provide a sturdy support system that enables. . .

  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars   8/14/2014
    Northeastern University
    Berkshire is more than a school: it is a lifestyle, a culture, and a family environment that makes you want to be successful in and out of the classroom everyday. Every person at Berkshire is. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   12/16/2010
    St. Lawrence University
    Their are many different aspects of Berkshire School that makes it different from the majority of boarding schools in the country. I would have to say that the interactions between students and faculty are extremely. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars   2/1/2011
    Bates College
    Berkshire School is a fantastic boarding school. The campus is secluded beneath Mt. Everett and the rest of the Berkshire Mountains. It has no main roads traveling through the campus which gives the students an. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Berkshire SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19071910
Campus Size400 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment399 students300 students
% Students of Color
24%
20%
% International Students
19%
20%
% Students Boarding
91%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1716
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
58%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$117 million
(As of June 30, 2016)
$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,500$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$46,500$28,270
% Students on Financial Aid
31%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$40,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT65%-
Acceptance Rate
24%
57%
Director of AdmissionsAndrew Bogardus

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1716
Courses 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2114
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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2723
Extracurriculars1907 Society, ArtsReach, Basic, Berkshire Birding Club, Book Club, Fly Fishing Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Get Your Geek On, Green Key Club, Greensleeves (Boys' A'Cappella), Investment Club, Jewish Student Union, Kids 4 Kids (Elementary School Tutoring), Maple Syrup Corporation, Math Team, Model United Nations, Philanthropy Society, Poetry Out Loud, Quiz Bowl, Student Activities Committee, The Dome (Literature and Arts Journal), The Green and Gray (School Newspaper), Ursa Minor (Girls' A'Capella), VOCA (Voice of Cultural Awareness),

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

  • Established in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school that prepares 405 ninth-12th graders and post-graduates for a global future. Pioneering programs-such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, and STEAM-coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. Students are encouraged to to embrace the school motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning - not just for school but for life."
  • 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
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