Student-directed learning with a focus on knowing through doing

Student-directed learning means we focus on knowing through doing, with an emphasis on actual research, interdisciplinary connections, and grappling with real-world problems. Students at all grade levels direct their learning in age appropriate ways, from free play and exploration in our youngest grades to integrated projects in the Middle School, the IP program in Middle and Upper School, and the Pathways Program in the Upper School. We find that when students follow their passions, they are able to thrive.
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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.