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"As a kinetic learner, I appreciate the hands on learning opportunities the new Inspiration Commons provides. Now students will be able to learn by 3D printing or laser cutting an object to help prove the theory or idea being taught in class." - Sarah '17

Inspiration Commons


During the summer of 2016, the Jackson Library at Berwick Academy underwent a major transformation, as the better part of the main floor became the new Inspiration Commons. Inspiration Commons is the result of a lead gift from an anonymous donor and is intended to provide a collaborative learning space where the community can gather, share, create, innovate, and most importantly inspire each other. The new space includes a Fabrication Studio, Digital Design Classroom, and a central area where students and faculty brainstorm, conceptualize, collaborate, critique, exhibit, and gather together.

Inspiration Commons is the newest addition to our growing Berwick Innovation Center. Established in 2009, BIC has evolved into a program that encompasses all aspects of innovation on our campus. Elements of BIC include our flagship Innovation Pursuit (IP) program, the Middle School MakerspaceLower School Innovation Jr., and now Inspiration Commons. Students from PK through grade 12 will have access to the new space, which embraces the interdisciplinary and student-driven philosophy of Curriculum 2020


The Space



The Student Experience



The Inspiration Commons at Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library is dedicated to all past, present, and future faculty and staff for their tireless efforts to vitalize and inspire the growth of this school.  This space, its design classroom, fabrication studio and gathering/collaborative areas, is intended to serve as a continued source of inspiration for all members of the Berwick community in their efforts to apply knowledge usefully and solve problems creatively.  

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.