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Residential Program Overview

Berwick Academy offers a small family-style residential program for boys in grades 9-12 who wish to experience life on the Hilltop. The residential experience at Berwick allows students to truly immerse themselves in the community by forming deep relationships with peers and faculty that will endure long after their time at Berwick.

About The Hancock House

The Hancock House is named after John Hancock who signed the Berwick Academy charter in 1791 when South Berwick was still part of Massachusetts. Located on Academy Street, just steps away from campus, The Hancock House offers a unique residential experience. Prior to serving as a residential space for Berwick Academy, the House was the Academy Street Inn. Having  been appointed as a bed and breakfast, each of our six rooms has an adjoining en-suite bathroom. Students are housed two per room. There is a comfortable common space where students can watch tv,  play video games, and relax. The kitchen and dining room in the House serve as the place where students gather to build community. Family style meals and a home-like environment in which to study allow students an opportunity to feel like they are part of a family.

Five and Seven Day Options

Students may opt to stay on campus either five days a week or full time in our seven day program. Students in the five day program leave campus after their last commitment on Friday and return to the House on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Families may take advantage of our Friday afternoon and Monday morning bus service to Newburyport, MA, Scarborough, ME, or Manchester, NH if they wish.

Full time residential students are able to take advantage of all that the Seacoast has to offer. Berwick is located in a unique area that has access to the mountains, lakes, and ocean beaches of Maine and New Hampshire. Our school is also in close proximity to the cities of Portland, ME (45 miles) and Boston, MA (65 miles) with several options for transportation including C&J Trailways (to Boston and NYC), the Downeaster Train (to Portland or Boston), and the MBTA Commuter Rail (to Boston). Weekends are full of options for students.

Weekend Programming

Weekends provide a great opportunity for students to either relax in the House or get out and explore the Seacoast. Residential staff work to create a varied and fun weekend that takes advantage of all that our area has to offer. The Hancock House is located in downtown South Berwick, and within walking distance to local coffee shops, restaurants, a pharmacy, public library, small grocery store, ice cream shop, and more.

On any given weekend, students will be found:
  • Competing in athletic contests throughout New England,
  • Shopping in Portsmouth, Boston, or North Conway,
  • Walking across the street for a meal with friends,
  • Cooking in the kitchen at the House,
  • Playing the guitar at one of our Upper School coffeehouses,
  • Dancing at an Upper School Social, Semi-Formal, or prom,
  • Cheering on the Bulldogs on campus,
  • Skiing at a local ski resort in New Hampshire or Maine,
  • Hiking a trail at Mount Agamenticus

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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.