Berwick Academy was founded in 1791 to promote virtue and useful knowledge among the rising generations. Now, more than 225 years later, Berwick still provides its students with the skills necessary to lead virtuous lives and apply useful knowledge.
Virtue permeates the Berwick experience through genuine and enduring student-teacher relationships as well as community support and partnerships. Across every division, virtue is a focus in the classroom and around our campus. In the Lower School, students are introduced to virtue though Social-Emotional Learning and the Responsive Classroom approach. In the Middle School, ethics courses and outdoor character education are the platform by which students get up close and personal with the concept of virtue. In the Upper School, it is realized through rigorous academics and robust extra-curricular offerings, preparing students for life beyond the Hilltop. Arts, athletics, clubs, global travel, and service projects equip Berwick students to balance their busy lives, become life-long learners, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.
The Berwick Fund supports virtue by providing Responsive Classroom training for Lower School faculty, subsidizing outdoor trip costs in the Middle School, and subsidizing student clubs and Orientation trips, as well as promoting sportsmanship and extra-curricular activities in the Upper School.
Paramount to a 21st century education is the concept of useful knowledge. Useful knowledge best prepares our students for life beyond the hilltop, including navigating diverse landscapes and giving them the tools to excel in a competitive collegiate and working environment. At Berwick Academy, useful knowledge is centered on technology, innovation, and cultural competency. The School promotes these initiatives in several ways:
- Research, analysis, and design opportunities for Upper School students that are in line with demands from leading colleges, universities, and employers;
- Renewed enthusiasm for the Berwick Innovation Center in the Middle and Upper Schools;
- Increased digital arts classes and specialized electives in the Upper School
- Additional digital presentation tools and interactive devices in the Middle School;
- Cultivating Robotics and the First Lego League in the Lower School;
- Launching “Innovation Jr.” in the Lower School, an after school program in the new Maker Space;
- Greater use of e-text across all divisions;
- Partnering with NAIS for the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism to help promote diversity at Berwick through new and existing programs, and strategic hiring.
The Berwick Fund donations support the Innovation Center across all divisions, digital tools for the Middle School, Robotics and Lego League equipment in the Lower School, e-text access and subscriptions, and supplies for the digital arts classes. Equally as important is a strong technological foundation for these initiatives, including proper faculty and staff training, network security, and hardware and software upgrades.