Admission
Welcome!  We’re glad you found us and look forward to getting to know you, and in turn, sharing the Berwick community with you.  As you explore our website, we hope you’ll get a sense of why almost 600 students, ages 3 – 19, call Berwick home.  Rooted in tradition (we just celebrated our 225th birthday!), our culture of innovation ensures our educational experience is preparing you for your future.  At Berwick, you drive the learning process and create your own path, based on your passions.

The admission process doesn’t have to be stressful and that’s why we’re here – to help you every step of the way.  We understand you have lots of questions about WHY.  Why independent school?  Why Berwick?  Is Berwick right for me (or my child)?  Can I afford it?  Can I afford not to?  We have outlined the admission process below and look forward to getting to know you and your family.  Keep in touch!

Admission Process Step-by-Step

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1 - LEARN MORE

    The first step is to provide us with your contact information so we can keep in touch and help you learn more about Berwick. Be sure to let us know your interests so we can connect you with the right people.
  • Step 2 - VISIT

    The best way to get to know us and imagine yourself at Berwick is to visit campus. We encourage you to attend Berwick in Action and then return on another day for an individual tour and interview.
  • Step 3 - APPLY

    You can begin your application at any time. The first step is to create an account online.  Once you’re setup you’ll have access to the Applicant Profile and will find a checklist of all the items needed to complete your application. High School applicants may also use the SAO Application. While the requirements vary slightly based on the grade to which you are applying, in general you’ll need recommendations from your teachers, a report from your school, transcript, and interview and/or day visit.
  • Step 4 - TEST

    If you are applying to grades 6 – 12, you need to take the SSAT (or ISEE, PSAT, SAT or ACT, depending on your grade). Make sure to register for the SSAT soon. The SSAT will be offered at Berwick on October 14, January 6, February 3 and April 21. The Berwick organization code for the SAT is 1624.
  • Step 5 - APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID (if needed)

    We appreciate that an independent school education is expensive and believe the value we deliver far exceeds the tuition.  Nonetheless, we understand not all families are in a position to afford our tuition.  We are proud to offer financial aid to 40% of our students and encourage you to apply.

Things to Know

  • First Round Application Deadline: Monday January, 15 *Please note: if you have missed our first round deadline, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact Admissions with any questions.

  • Register for an upcoming Berwick in Action

Important Application Dates

January 15 - First Round Applications due
January 15 - Financial Aid Applications due
February 16 - Lower School and Middle School decisions mailed
March 9 - Upper School decisions mailed
March 16 - Enrollment contracts for new Lower and Middle School students due
April 10 - Enrollment contracts for new Upper School students due
 

Berwick at a Glance

Established: 1791
Campus: 72 acres
Total Enrollment: 591
Grades Pre-K-4: 106
Grades 5-8: 170
Grades 9-12: 315
Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Average Class Size: 14
Communities Represented: Students come from three states and over 60 towns
Financial Aid: Approximately 40% of students receive need-based financial aid
 
 

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.