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Lower School


The Lower School provides an important first step in the development of community-oriented experiences at Berwick Academy.  In a distinctly joyful environment, our in-school and after-school experiences provide a comprehensive academic and social foundation for students and families as they begin their Berwick journey.  The events and activities provide examples of our comprehensive efforts in this important area. View the list to the right for more information about our community events and activities (click on the title for a description).
Middle School

In the Middle School, we recognize that collaborating with other community members and having fun are essential to learning, and we strive to make them a regular part of our students’ experiences. In addition to all sorts of group work and engaging classroom activities, students also have the opportunity to explore new possibilities, take on leadership roles, and engage socially with their classmates and teachers. The sense of camaraderie and excitement is palpable when one enters the Middle School, and we are proud of our energy, enthusiasm and community spirit. View the list to the right for more information about our community events and activities (click on the title for a description).
Upper School

In addition to a robust academic program, opportunities for leadership, exploration, and engagement outside of the classroom are all important aspects of the Berwick experience.  Students are invited to engage in clubs, activities, and social events that occur both on and off campus. In addition to participation, they are encouraged to work in conjunction with the faculty to create vibrant experiences for expanding on and exploring a range of interests, and building a unique sense of community spirit. View the list to the right for more information about our community events and activities (click on the title for a description).
 

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Lower School

List of 13 items.

  • Fall Blue and White Weekend

    A scheduled Saturday in late September or early October annually offers a chance for students and parents from all Divisions to gather on campus for a number of athletics, arts and community-fun activities.  Besides watching Middle and Upper School sports matches and attending the barbecue lunch, Lower School students enjoy grade-level relay race events and a carnival.
  • Field Trips

    On-campus and off-campus field trips provide important learning extensions.  From the excitement of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students experiencing their initial campus journeys to the enthusiasm around the fourth graders’ Plimoth Plantation field trip, the faculty strives to schedule special events that will enhance and extend our well-rounded curriculum.
  • Friday Assemblies

    The Lower School students meet weekly for a Friday morning assembly in the Great Room with topics ranging from holiday celebrations to sing-alongs to service project reviews.  Faculty announcements, fourth grade ambassador reports and the weekly birthday song round out the assemblies.  Assemblies may also be all-school affairs, including the Opening Assembly, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly and the Earth Day Assembly.
  • Halloween Parade

    On the Friday afternoon closest to Halloween, Lower School students take time from their regular program to dress in their Halloween costumes and participate in a parade that circles the campus.  Parents are invited to attend and cheer on the event, as are students and faculty from the older divisions.
  • Ice Cream Social

    On the Friday afternoon at the end of the first week of school, the Lower School students and faculty pause for an ice cream social.  Parents/families are invited as we celebrate the first week and anticipate the wonderful school year ahead.
  • Innovation Ex

    The Innovation Ex program serves as an optional after-school group enrichment program for our first through fourth graders.  The program offers an engaging first-step within Berwick’s Lower School through Upper School Innovation focus. Innovation Ex takes place after school on Tuesdays.  In a given year, there are typically four Innovation Ex sessions with each session lasting four weeks.
  • Lower School Production

    The annual Lower School Production is a much-anticipated event for our students and the broader Berwick community.  Under the direction of our faculty members, the Lower School eagerly prepares for its annual spring performance.  This interdisciplinary learning opportunity blends dramatic, oral, and musical performance with classroom curricular goals.  The process culminates in stage productions for student and family audiences.
  • Pizza Bingo Night

    The Lower School Pizza Bingo Night is typically held on a Friday night in January.  It features family fun around the game of bingo, along with prizes for the children and pizza and pot-luck side dishes for all.
  • Recess

    Whether playing in the hedgie tree area, within the playground structure or on the mini-turf field, recess is an exciting part of the Lower School experience.  Students have the opportunity for “before school recess” as well as participating in morning and afternoon recess periods during a typical Lower School day.  Not limited to beautiful fall and spring days, recess also includes winter fun, such as sledding on our mini playground hill and making snow structures.
  • Skating Party

    The BPC sponsors an annual skating party in late winter at the Dover Rink.  The event takes place directly after school on a given school day with parents asked to transport their children to and from the skating rink and to supervise their children during the event.
  • Special Someone Dance

    The Special Someone Dance is for all Lower School students and the adult guest of their choosing.  This fun-filled night includes a DJ, fun music, disco lights, dancing games for all ages, light refreshments, a professional photographer and a raffle.  
  • Winter Solstice Assembly

    Held on a Friday morning in mid-December, the Lower School assembly moves from the Great Room to the Theater to celebrate the Solstice Season.  A variety of songs, movement and dialog make up this festive performance, with family and faculty in supportive attendance.
  • Young Authors Day

    Held near the end of the school year, Young Authors Day highlights students’ writing, reading and presentation skills.  Mixed-grade groups of students and faculty meet to share written pieces which the students have chosen for this special day.  Parents are invited to attend the group readings in which their children participate.  After the group readings, the students each receive a copy of the BA Bell (the Lower School literary publication) at a Lower School ceremony.

Middle School

List of 8 items.

  • Activity Periods

    Each Tuesday, students in the Middle School take a break from classes for a 40 minute activity period.  Students select trimester based groups from a range of fun offerings including artistic endeavors, service related activities, athletic pursuits, and more.  Recent offerings have included Makerspace, quidditch, origami, poetry, model airplanes, fort building, fantasy football, and first aid.
  • Blue and White teams

    Each student is assigned to a Blue or White team for their time in the Middle School.  Lighthearted and fun activities ranging from faculty trivia to capture the flag to Minute to Win it Challenges, allow teams to earn points. We tally the scores throughout the year and, on the last day of school, award the Bulldog Cup.
     
  • Extracurriculars/Student Government

    Students have opportunities to participate in a number of fun activities that take place outside of school hours as well.  Competitive robotics and math teams, a vibrant musical production, Middle School Jazz Band, Girls on the Run, and a Gaming Club all see robust student interest.  Additionally, 8th graders can run for elected positions as leaders of various committees including Academics, Innovation, Athletics, Arts, Spirit, Technology, and Community Service.  5th, 6th, and 7th graders have the opportunity to serve on these committees as they move through their Middle School experience.
  • Field Trips

    Each grade level enjoys field trips related to their class curricula. Our 5th grade visits the Lowell National Historic Site in relation to their Humanities and Science curricula. 6th Grade travels to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in connection with their study of ancient civilizations.  In 7th grade, students travel to Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine for a cross-disciplinary experience tying together science, English, and art.  Our 8th graders visit the JFK Museum in Boston to further their work in Ethics class.
  • Heart of the Bulldog

    This special award is designed to recognize any community member who has gone above and beyond to make someone else’s experience more positive.  Students and teachers may nominate someone, and awards are presented regularly at our Middle School assemblies.
  • Off Campus Trips

    We offer two all-Middle School trips each year as a celebration of our community.  In February, we all travel to Gunstock Mountain for a fun day of skiing, snowboarding and tubing to kick off our winter long weekend.  In late May, we travel as a school to Canobie Lake Amusement Park for a day of roller coasters, water rides and carnival food.  It’s a great culminating event for all students 5th through 8th!
  • Social Events

    Several times a year, the Middle School offers social events for different age groups. Our 5th and 6th grade socials fall in the afternoon and take place at local activity spots like the Hilltop Fun Center and the Dover Bowling Alley.  Our 7th and 8th graders have evening socials that include music and dancing, games, and pizza
  • Spirit Weeks

    Our student government works with our Deans of Students to organize spirit weeks which involve theme-based dress down days, Blue and White competitions, and special snacks.  Recent spirit week highlights have included Sports Jersey Day, Decades Day (5th grade-1950’s, 6th grade-1960’s etc.), snow sculpture contests, and spirit awards.

Upper School

List of 11 items.

  • Advisory Meetings

    In addition to the important role that advisors serve for students, there is also time set aside for advisor groups to gather, check in, and bond. 
  • Assemblies

    Most days in the Upper School begin with an all-division assembly led by the Student Life President where students make announcements, are informed about the day, have competitions, and watch performances from guests, teachers, and fellow students. 

  • Class Trips

    At the beginning of every year each class takes an overnight trip to promote student bonding and teamwork, as well as allowing the students to learn about and explore in a outdoor environment. 
  • Clubs

    Berwick offers a range of clubs, formal and informal, from robotics, to drama, to model UN, most of which are student led. 
  • Coffee Houses

    Once a month the Upper School hosts an open mic night in the Fogg Pit where students and faculty are encouraged to share their musical talents in a casual and fun setting.
  • Common Time

    Every day in the Upper School we set aside a block of time that is used for a variety of purposes including club and activity meeting time, down time, extra help sessions, special assemblies, class meetings, and advisor time.
  • Dances

    In addition to a Semi-Formal and the Prom, each of the grade levels host informal dances throughout the year
  • Departmental Recognition Awards

    Once a trimester we hold departmental recognition awards where each department chooses one student to recieve an award for their efforts and achievements in the discipline. Often times these awards are used to showcase students who would not otherwise be recognized, but who nonetheless have made impressive achievements. 
  • Service Days

    Two community days are set aside during the year so that the whole Upper School can participate in service around the greater Seacoast area, and also engage a variety of other community-building activities.
  • Spirit Weeks

    Week-long celebrations in advance of athletic competitions that include thematic dress-up days and fun class competitions.
  • Woofstock

    At the end of every year we hold a celebration involving food, drink, and music. It is run by one or more seniors and weather permitting it is held on Fogg Field. This is a much anticipated event that never fails to bring the whole community together. 

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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.