Berkshire School

Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Established in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school that prepares 386 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 48% 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.”

245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA 01257
413-229-8511

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Director of Admission: Andrew Bogardus
Admissions Phone:413-229-1003Fax:413-229-1016
Email: admission@berkshireschool.org Website: www.berkshireschool.org


  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $100
  • International Application Fee: $200
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No
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Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center Dedication

Posted on October 10, 2012
On Friday, October 5, Berkshire School dedicated its new math and science building in honor of two longtime Berkshire faculty members: Rick Bellas and Tom Dixon. The building will be known as the Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center. During remarks opening the dedication ceremony, Head of School
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  • Founded: 1907
  • Campus Size: 400 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Boarding
Grades 9th-post-grad
Day
Grades 9th-post-grad
Total
Girls     148 17 165
Boys     208 22 230
Total     356 39 395

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,150
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $42,150
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 29.00%
  • Average Awarded: $40,574
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $112,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $290,000
 
 

Summary: Berkshire’s challenging college prep curriculum offers a wealth of advanced and AP courses in every discipline along with unique learning experiences in programs like Advanced Math/Science Research, the Center for Sustainability, Pro Vita Winter Session and Independent Study.

Department Director: Clay Splawn

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 62

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 62.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Number of AP Courses Offered: 17

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Writing Center
English:
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
History:
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Religion/Philosophy:
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
Sciences:
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Energy Investigations Sust ainability and Resource
Math:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Advanced Math/Science Research Multivaria ble Calc
Computer Studies:
Music:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Electronic Music
  • Music Theory
  • Chamber Ensemble
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Independent Study
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Advanced Math/Science Research



AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • US Government & Politics
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
 
 

Summary: In this small, tight-knit community it is not uncommon to find friends from all walks of life, from all grades, and from around the world.

Department Director: Peter Quilty

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 10

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 5

Dorm Amenities:
 
Laundry Facilities 
Lounge 
Wireless Internet 
 
 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Facilities

  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • New Athletic Center 2 Hockey Rinks

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • Maple Syrup Club
 
 

Arts Department Director: Paul Banevicius

Athletics Department Director: Dan Driscoll

Arts
  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
 
 

Department Director: Dary Dunham

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Boston University
California Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Bowdoin College
Dartmouth College
Brown
Bucknell
UC Berkeley
Caltech
Carnegie Mellon
Cornell
Emory
Hamilton
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Johns Hopkins
University of Michigan
MIT
University of Pennsylvania
Williams
Yale

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA



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