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."

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 419 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,200
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $51,400
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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Class of 2020
5.00
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
5.00
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
5.00
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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Top Rankings

Berkshire School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Berkshire School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1907
1907
Campus Size
400 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
419 students
300 students
% Students of Color
21%
25%
% International Students
19%
20%
% Students Boarding
91%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Button-down shirts/blouses/dresses with a second layer: blazer, sweater, tie, cardigan, or scarf; Bottoms: pants and skirts, no jeans)
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
17
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$146 million
(As of June 30, 2020)
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,200
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$51,400
$32,995
% Students on Financial Aid
28%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$48,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15
Jan. 15
Average Percentile SSAT
65%
-
Acceptance Rate
20%
58%
Director of Admissions
Dana Anselmi
Associate Director of Admissions
Mark Saunders

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
17
17
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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
33
23
Extracurriculars
Club 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 - 2020
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University
23
University of Denver
17
Northeastern University
16
Trinity College
15
Bates College
14
New York University
13
Middlebury College
10
Wake Forest University
10
Boston University
9
Dartmouth College
7

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
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 419 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,200
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $51,400
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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