Berkshire School

245 North Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257
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Berkshire School Photo #1 - 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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Berkshire School Photo #1 - 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 2020
    5 Stars  
    Bates College
    During my three years at Berkshire, I was able to take advantage of many unique opportunities that other boarding schools just did not offer. For example, I was able to attend The Island School during. . .

  • Class of 2020
    5 Stars  
    Kenyon College
    Every year at Berkshire School, the school holds a Pro Vita week. During this week, students get to take classes that vary from their typical classes. These classes span from learning how to cook sustainability. . .

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Columbia University
    A unique aspect of Berkshire School is its Advanced Math and Science Research program. Students work with the head of the program in Berkshire's lab and are also often mentored by faculty of labs around. . .
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Berkshire School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 305 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Berkshire SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19071907
Campus Size400 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment419 students302 students
% Students of Color
21%
25%
% International Students
19%
20%
% Students Boarding
91%
70%
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 Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio4:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$146 million
(As of June 30, 2020)
$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,200$58,935
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$51,400$33,082
% Students on Financial Aid
28%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$48,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT65%-
Acceptance Rate
20%
57%
Director of AdmissionsDana Anselmi
Associate Director of AdmissionsMark Saunders

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
Courses Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language, Studio Art 2D Design, Studio Art 3D Design, Studio Art Drawing, Biology, Comparative Government, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2016
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
1907 Society, Afro-Latino Society, Astronomy Club, Badminton Club, Berkshire Birding Club, Buddhist Meditation Group, Collegium Musicum, Dance Ensemble, Debate Club, Dog Walking Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Environmental Action Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), 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, Ursa Minor (Girls' A Cappella), Yoga and Meditation Club

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

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 202010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University23
University of Denver17
Northeastern University16
Trinity College15
Bates College14
New York University13
Middlebury College10
Wake Forest University10
Boston University9
Dartmouth College7
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, respect, inclusion, perseverance and resilience-along with the critical skills, initiative, and confidence that will ensure our students' success in school and in life.
  • Berkshire 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 - Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist in Women's Ice Hockey
    • Kevan Miller '07 - NHL Boston Bruins Defenseman
    • Kendall Coyne '11 - Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist in Women's Ice Hockey
    • Jack Harrison '15 - MLS Professional Soccer Player

Profile last updated: 05/12/2021

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