Welcome! We’re glad you found us and look forward to getting to know you, and in turn, sharing the Berwick community with you. As you explore our website, we hope you’ll get a sense of why almost 600 students, ages 3 – 19, call Berwick home. Rooted in tradition (we just celebrated our 225th birthday!), our culture of innovation ensures our educational experience is preparing you for your future. At Berwick, you drive the learning process and create your own path, based on your passions.
The admission process doesn’t have to be stressful and that’s why we’re here – to help you every step of the way. We understand you have lots of questions about WHY. Why independent school? Why Berwick? Is Berwick right for me (or my child)? Can I afford it? Can I afford not to? We have outlined the admission process below and look forward to getting to know you and your family. Keep in touch!
The first step is to provide us with your contact information so we can keep in touch and help you learn more about Berwick. Be sure to let us know your interests so we can connect you with the right people.
You can begin your application at any time. The first step is to create an account online. Once you’re setup you’ll have access to the Applicant Profile and will find a checklist of all the items needed to complete your application. High School applicants may also use the SAO Application. While the requirements vary slightly based on the grade to which you are applying, in general you’ll need recommendations from your teachers, a report from your school, transcript, and interview and/or day visit.
If you are applying to grades 6 – 12, you need to take the SSAT (or ISEE, PSAT, SAT or ACT, depending on your grade). Make sure to register for the SSAT soon. The SSAT will be offered at Berwick on October 14, January 6, February 3 and April 21.
We appreciate that an independent school education is expensive and believe the value we deliver far exceeds the tuition. Nonetheless, we understand not all families are in a position to afford our tuition. We are proud to offer financial aid to 40% of our students and encourage you to apply.
Communities Represented: Students come from three states and over 60 towns
Financial Aid: Approximately 40% of students receive need-based financial aid
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.