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Why Berwick?

One of the best and most frequently asked questions we hear is: "Why Berwick Academy?" We love when prospective families ask us this question because it highlights their desire to find a school that will be the best fit for their child and their family. So here are four reasons why we believe in Berwick Academy as a school and community.

1. Our Mission & Core Values Guide Us
The work we do at Berwick Academy serves the Mission we are tethered to, "promoting virtue and useful knowledge," and is guided by the Core Values we share: Excellence, Integrity, Stretching through Engagement, and Balance. At Berwick, our Mission and Core Values are not merely words, but rather the rudder which steers the decisions we make and the cultural DNA that defines who we are as a community.
2. Our Teachers Inspire Excellence
Great schools have amazing faculty members. At Berwick Academy, our teachers are educators who instill a passion for learning, inspire personal excellence in their students, and create an environment for learning which is challenging yet nuturing. In simplest terms, Berwick Academy teachers are amazing because they transform the lives of students. One Berwick student recently answered the question what is the best thing about Berwick by replying, "The teachers. Teachers at BA are extremely supportive. They understand students and will do everything they can in order to help them."

3. Our Students Create Community
Berwick Academy students define who we are as a community. They are extraordinary people who have created a community where it is cool to be smart, cool to be your authentic self, cool to try your utmost, and cool to pursue new areas of interest. One student explained what she felt was the strength of Berwick this way: "The community. Here at BA you know everyone, and we are a school that likes coming together, supporting one another, and always helping each other out." 

4. Our Programs Open the Doors of Opportunity
A Berwick Academy education provides students with the skills and opportunities to go anywhere. Our program balances tradition with innovation and prepares students to meet the rigors of college and enter the world with a stronger sense of purpose and integrity.
Learn more by Hearing From our Graduates


Take a tour with your child, visit classes in action, observe firsthand how students and faculty collaborate. Most importantly, feel the dynamic environment that is created when students are on their journey of self-discovery. While gaining inspiration and knowledge, Berwick students acquire the confidence to enrich the life of the Berwick community and beyond.

Berwick at a Glance

Established: 1791
Campus: 72 acres
Total Enrollment: 591
Grades Pre-K-4: 106
Grades 5-8: 170
Grades 9-12: 315
Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Average Class Size: 14
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.