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An Inclusive Community

Berwick Academy is continuously working to become a more inclusive and empathetic place for all community members. The following is a list of ongoing initiatives that are assisting us in reaching this goal.  

Assessment on Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM):
 Berwick Academy undertook the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) in the fall of 2013. The results of this comprehensive effort were both inspiring and sobering, and they offered a critical starting point for our strategic direction.

Cultural Competency Committee: Following AIM, we formed an active Cultural Competency Committee comprised of trustees, administrators, parents, and faculty to begin leading the process of creating our first Statement of Community, which was recently adopted by the Board of Trustees in September of 2014. This statement included input from faculty and was informed by thoughtful reflection about the needs of our unique community. The committee looks forward to exploring and developing ways to accomplish the goals and initiatives identified in the cultural competency action plan.

Professional Development/School initiatives: Berwick Academy has found a strong local partner for training and consulting, Diversity Directions. At this point, we have enjoyed two faculty trainings and additional work with our trustees and administration facilitated by this organization. A growing number of our employees are seeking additional training on their own through our professional development programming. Multicultural education is a point of emphasis within our new department chair structure and curricular planning.

Professional Development Experiences in 2015-2016

9/1/2015 - Lower and Middle School Faculty Presentation - Jennifer Bryan, “Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schools.”
9/2/15 - All Faculty and Staff Conversation on Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
10/5/15 - Cultural Competency Committee Meeting
11/3/15 - AISNE Steve Clem Diversity Conference
11/14/15 - AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference
12/3-12/5/15 - NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Social Emotional Learning

Our Social Emotional Learning program teaches the principles of social communication, character education, and empathy to our students in Grades PK-4, essential skills needed to embrace and leverage diversity. Learn more about our SEL program.

The Alliance

The Berwick Academy Alliance is a human rights group that focuses on LGBTQ rights and gender equality by educating the people around us, celebrating and advocating for the differences that make us human, and innovating new ways to spread acceptance through the greater world.

It is the School's goal to build off the success of the Alliance as we work to establish affinity clubs for other groups represented in our community.

Click here to learn more about our Upper School Club program.

Grade 8 Ethics

Eighth grade Ethics is comprised of three trimesters concentrated in the following areas: 1) reflecting upon the formation of personal values 2) managing moral dilemmas and building a process for ethical decision making and 3) fostering inclusion and awareness by examining the interconnectedness of the our world by debunking stereotypes and misperceptions. Ethics class provides our Eighth graders with the opportunity to engage divergent points of view thus gaining a greater understanding of themselves and others. The entire grade journeys to the JFK library in Boston to ponder ethical leadership and concepts outlined about courage from Kennedy's famous book Profiles in Courage.  As our Middle School leaders pass through this gateway to the Upper School, Ethics forces them to connect their daily lives to Berwick's mission, values, and our statement of community. 

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

Berwick Academy is Maine's oldest, independent Pre-K through Post Graduate private school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. Members of the community operate within a context of caring and respect as we pursue our quest for "useful knowledge" as "one school with three divisions." Students and faculty are encouraged to expand their horizons by balancing academics with athletic, dramatic, and musical options.