Berwick Academy actively works to integrate themes of multiculturalism, inclusion, and diversity into all divisions and subject areas. Below are just a few examples of some of the curricula and pedagogy already in place at Berwick.
The Lower School utilizes a “mirrors and windows” approach with integrating cultural competency and multiculturalism in their curriculum. Throughout the year, students have multiple opportunities to learn about the identity and experiences of others (windows) and have theirs reflected in what they read and the projects they engage in (mirrors). This understanding of self and others is critical and becomes interrelated to the division’s focus on Social Emotional Learning as students build skills of Self Awareness, Social Awareness, and Relationship Skills.
The curriculum in the Middle School spans a variety of topics and subject matters with a multicultural focus. 6th grade Humanities focuses on ancient cultures from around the globe. 7th grade World Cultures works closely with Science in their Global X projectfocusing on cultural and geographic study of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 8th grade history explores “The American Experience” (“TAM”) through the following thematic units: Perspectives on Democracy - including an in-depth analysis of the Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties; Race, Civil Rights, and Social Justice in America; War, Trauma, and the Veterans Experience; and Industry, Innovation & Entrepreneurship - an empathy and innovation-driven unit. Finally, 8th grade Ethics explores the themes of moral decision making, ethical leadership, and appreciating difference through empathy.
Many of our Upper School history and English classes challenge students to engage with the narratives of people whose cultures and lives differ greatly from their own. For example, in our 9th grade history classes, we ask our students to explore the myriad of spiritual traditions within Hinduism in one trimester while learning about the intricacies of the Koran and the triumphs of the medieval Islamic empire in another. By immersing our students in such vibrant and diverse stories, Berwick humanities classes help our students develop empathy and the ability to appreciate and leverage difference, preparing them for our increasingly diverse and connected world.
Beginning academic year 2018-2019, Upper School students will be able to choose the Global Citizen Pathway as a framework for their academic experience.
Travel Program: Our commitment to travel as an essential element of building cultural skills has become more present in our community in recent years. In 2014, we began offering formal supplemental financial aid to students who require extra resources to enjoy these enriching experiences. Learn more about our Travel Program.