Academics

Lower School Literacy



Essential Question:
What skills are necessary for students to become proficient, engaged, life-long readers?  

Skills and Enduring Understandings:
The Lower School literacy teachers assess students several times per year to discover areas of strength, weaknesses and overall reading behaviors.  We use the assessments to drive our instruction. Students at Berwick Academy are placed in small groups at their appropriate instructional  reading level.  They are exposed to high quality books and lessons that are planned around students’ skill levels and needs.  Students read and discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as plays that can be used for Reader’s Theater performances.  Our goal is to use these materials in conjunction with targeted instruction to foster excitement and a lifelong love of reading.

Teacher Profiles


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.