28 Berwick Academy students reside in the town of South Berwick. In total, over $500,000 in financial assistance is awarded to these students each year.
Berwick Academy positively impacts the Seacoast economy with the yearly investment of nearly $14 million in salaries and benefits, and the local procurement of good and services.
Berwick Academy has been a member of the South Berwick community since 1791. During this long history, the School has developed a commitment to community support and outreach. We understand the importance of collaboration and we work to ensure a positive and meaningful relationship with our community.
Student Outreach - Berwick Academy students participate in community service opportunities in the town of South Berwick in a myriad of ways each year:
South Berwick Toys for Tots Program
Every December for the last 20 years, the Upper School raises money to purchase gifts for local families in need.
Great Works School Tutors, South Berwick, ME
Upper School students tutor students at Great Works School during their after school homework help time.
Berwick Estates Visitors, South Berwick, ME
Students in Middle and Upper School visit the elderly residents several times per year.
Ethyl’s Tree of Life, South Berwick, ME
4-5 Students, grades 11-12, work as mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities.
Upper School Service Day
The entire Upper School spends a day each year volunteering at local non-profits and organizations throughout the Seacoast, including several South Berwick schools and organizations.
South Berwick Community Food Pantry Food Drive
The Upper School coordinates an annual food drive at Thanksgiving to benefit the pantry.
Life and Hope Haiti, South Berwick, ME
Berwick Academy sponsors 1-2 Haitian students each year through this local organization
Berwick Table of Plenty, Berwick, ME
Upper School students assist with cooking and serving meals throughout the winter months.
Alumni Outreach – More than 150 current citizens of South Berwick are graduates of Berwick Academy. The School has made many successful efforts to re-engage local alumni from the time period when the town contracted with the Academy to educate local students. Alumni from the “pre-Boarding Era” have returned to campus to celebrate class reunions, participate on alumni committees, and act as members of the Alumni Council. When the Class of 1960 celebrated its 50th reunion, Berwick presented them with official Academy diplomas, as a gesture of respect and appreciation to this class that left the Academy a year before graduating.
Recreational Assets and Facilities - Community members have the opportunity to participate in recreational sports and athletic competitions through the use of campus facilities, including the Berwick Athletic Center, turf field, four natural grass athletic fields, and the tennis courts.
The following Marshwood (Eliot & South Berwick, ME) groups use Berwick’s athletic facilities and resources at no cost:
- Marshwood High School teams: Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Lacrosse
- York High School Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse
- Marshwood youth Softball
- Marshwood youth Little League Baseball
- Marshwood youth Girls and Boys Lacrosse
In 2015, Berwick Academy partnered with Historic New England through the use of the Hamilton House for the School’s crew program. From that partnership, additional collaboration has evolved. In the summer of 2015, student artwork was featured in an art show hosted by the organization at the Sarah Orne Jewett House from June-August.
Art Offerings - Berwick hosts numerous artistic events each year, including gallery receptions, theater productions, and concerts. Most of these events are free and open to the public. The following is a sample of the art events Berwick offers to the greater community:
- Six gallery shows each year, featuring artwork by alumni, students, faculty, parents, and visiting artists.
- Several student theater productions and performances including a Middle School musical, Upper School play, Upper School musical, and an all-school dance show.
Other Value to the Community
- A Berwick faculty member coordinates open mic nights hosted at the Black Bean Café, which is open to the entire community.
- Old Berwick Historical Society Meeting Site - Berwick hosts the monthly meeting for the OBHS from September-November and February-April at no charge.
- Hosting the SAT, SSAT, and ACT testing each academic year for the community.
- A Berwick employee serves as a traffic and safety officer at the intersection of Academy and Main St. daily during the school year.
- A Berwick employee sits on the Finance Committee of the Old Berwick Historical Society (OBHS)
- Annual donation to the South Berwick Firefighter’s Association.
- Donation of computers to local nonprofit organizations.
- Support of the Community Chorus at South Berwick
- Over $80,000 paid annually to the town of Dover for the use of the Dover Ice Arena.
- The 2015 restoration of three historic campus buildings: The Oakes House and The Jewett Barn, with the creation of The Walsh Wellness Center, and the historic Hayes House.
- Support for the Hot Summer Nights concert series in downtown South Berwick
- Annual poetry night at Berwick is free and open to the public and features a well-known poet each year.