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, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 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.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.