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/ScienceResearch, Advanced Humanities Research, Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize, a range of arts offerings, and championship athletics 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/ScienceResearch, Advanced Humanities Research, Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize, a range of arts offerings, and championship athletics on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.
  • Founded in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for 400 ninth-12th graders and post-graduates, offering a forward-thinking curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities on a 400-acre campus in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
  • Berkshire's signature programs, including Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, and the Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize, are offered along with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines.
  • These programs are designed to expand the minds, provide real-world experiences, and help distinguish our students in an increasingly competitive college process.
  • With a range of artistic and athletic offerings and national recognition for our efforts in sustainability, Berkshire provides an extraordinary setting in which students are encouraged to learn in the words of 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 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment403 students300 students
% Students of Color
25%
20%
% International Students
17%
20%
% Students Boarding
91%
68%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Button-down shirts/blouses/dresses with a second layer: blazer, sweater, tie, cardigan, or scarf; Bottoms: pants and skirts, no jeans)
Casual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
58%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$124 million
(As of June 30, 2017)
$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,400$52,850
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$48,000$28,200
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$42,000$22,700
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT65%-
Acceptance Rate
27%
55%
Director of AdmissionsAndrew Bogardus
Associate Director of AdmissionsDana Anselmi

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
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, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2114
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
1907 Society, Afro-Latino Society, Badminton Club, Berkshire Birding Club, Debate Club, Dog Walking Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Environmental Action Club, Fly Fishing Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Green Key Club, Greensleeves (Boys' A Cappella), Investment Club, Jewish Student Union, Kids 4 Kids (Elementary School Tutoring), Maple Syrup Corporation, Math Team, Mock Trial Club, Model United Nations, Philanthropy Society, Quiz Bowl, Student Activities Committee, The Dome (Literature and Arts Journal), The Green and Gray (School Newspaper), Ursa Minor (Girls' A Cappella), VOCA (Voice of Cultural Awareness), WBSL Radio 91.7 FM, Yearbook, Yoga and Meditation Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Program, Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program, Theater Productions

College Matriculation

Year: 2015 - 201710 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University13
Trinity College10
Connecticut College9
Northeastern University9
Elon University8
Middlebury College7
University of Colorado at Boulder7
University of Denver7
New York University6
Wake Forest University6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Founded in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for 400 ninth-12th graders and post-graduates, offering a forward-thinking curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities on a 400-acre campus in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Berkshire`s signature programs, including Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, and the Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize, are offered along with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. These programs are designed to expand the minds, provide real-world experiences, and help distinguish our students in an increasingly competitive college process. With a range of artistic and athletic offerings and national recognition for our efforts in sustainability, Berkshire provides an extraordinary setting in which students are encouraged to learn in the words of the School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning-not just for school but for life."
  • Berkshire is committed to ensuring that each student has a unique and relevant learning experience. By design, every student makes an impact at Berkshire and no student is anonymous. Our enrollment size allows us to cultivate an exceptionally affirming and close-knit residential community. From the foundation of being known well, our students build confidence, which enables them to reimagine their potential in all areas of their development. Berkshire students genuinely care about each other-having a great sense of pride in seeing others do well-a distinguishing element that creates a healthy culture that balances ambition and humility.
  • Berkshire's dedication to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence has led to record numbers in admissions, success and achievement in every corner of our campus, and nearly 90% of our graduates earning acceptances to the most selective colleges and universities. The talent and dedication of our students has produced Regeneron Science Talent Search semi-finalists, primary authorships on scholarly publications, Scholastic Art Award national medalists, and New England Championship athletic teams.Upon leaving Berkshire, our graduates are able to communicate effectively and persuasively, think critically and creatively, collaborate with others, and understand that they are part of something larger than themselves. They are a part of a global network of nearly 6,000 alumni, spanning 54 countries and 50 states.
  • Berkshire strives to instill core values-curiosity, integrity, perseverance, inclusion, respect, and resilience-along with the critical skills, initiative, and confidence that will ensure our students` success in school and in life.
  • School accreditations: New England Association of School and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Lincoln Kierstein '26 - Co-founder of the New York City Ballet
    • William Knowles '34 - Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    • Calvin Tomkins '43 - Author and Art Critic for "The New Yorker"
    • Stephen Malawista '50 - Lyme disease co-discoverer
    • Jeff McLaughlin '84 - Olympic Bronze and Silver Medalist in Rowing
    • Kristin Baker '93 - Artist
    • Kacey Bellamy '05 - Two-time U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist in Women's Ice Hockey
    • Kevan Miller '07 - NHL Boston Bruins Defenseman
    • Kendall Coyne '11 - U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist in Women's Ice Hockey
    • Jack Harrison '15 - MLS NYCFC Professional Soccer Player
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