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Berwick Academy defines resilience as the ability of an individual to cope with everyday challenges, to bounce back from disappointments and adversity, to develop clear and realistic goals, to solve problems, to relate comfortably with others, and to treat oneself and others with respect.


Building resilience is essential to the Berwick mission. By engaging in a program distinguished by academic challenge, creative expression and performance, innovative technology, ethical sportsmanship, wellness, and a commitment to the common good, Berwick graduates become resilient citizens. The Wellness Center houses space for academic support and tutoring for students experiencing academic challenges as well as a space for social/emotional counseling.

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  • Academic Support Program

    Academic Support at Berwick Academy is designed to assist students with developing academic skills and habits of mind to enhance resilience, metacognitive awareness (ie., “how do I think and learn?”), and self-advocacy. This is meant to help students identify the resources available to them as they seek balance between their scholastic and personal lives.
  • School Counseling

    The role of the school counselors are to provide emotional and/or social support to students who are struggling during the school day. Ongoing support is available on a short-term basis, and if additional therapeutic intervention is required, the school counselors will contact parents and discuss appropriate next steps. The counselors are also available as resources to parents, and can assist in connecting students and their families with outside mental health professionals in the Seacoast area.
  • Social-Emotional Learning Programs

    Upper School students meet once a month in small groups to discuss the themes of BELIEFS: Resilience, Engagement, Leadership, Empathy, Inclusion; Balance, and Life Skills. BELIEFS is a way we continue to build a strong healthy community and prepare our students to be good citizens of the world.

    Lower and Middle School students receive regular instruction in social-emotional learning in the classroom and during their wellness classes. Using the CASEL Competencies, students build skills in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making. Using relevant school day situations, students build these skills with the ultimate goal being age-appropriate problem solving and empathic development that will serve them throughout life.

    Learn More about Lower School social-emotional learning
  • The Student Wellness Advising Team (SWAT)

    The Student Wellness Advising Team (SWAT) is a group of junior and senior students interested in the wellness of the Berwick Academy student body and who model respect and integrity in their everyday actions and interactions. SWAT Leaders help to ease the transition to high school for freshmen and facilitate discussions during wellness events in the Middle School and Upper School.

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. 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.