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Annual Fund Designations

The Berwick Fund Designations

List of 7 items.

  • Campus and Facilities

  • Faculty Professional Development

    Keeping our faculty and staff at the cutting edge of their areas of expertise benefits everyone by allowing Berwick Academy to better deliver its mission and implement its vision. Berwick invests heavily in professional development, both on campus and off, through its Critical Friends Groups, Faculty Think Tanks, and local and national conferences and workshops.
    Additionally, Berwick aims to achieve national excellence by 2020, which means the School must be prepared to attract the very best teachers from around the country – and the world – by incrementally increasing salaries and benefits over the next several years. This not only improves the overall quality of new faculty, but also helps to retain our already incredible teachers.
    The Berwick Fund supports Berwick faculty and their professional development by providing funding for conference registrations and travel, leave time for Critical Friends Groups, and the additional support required to ensure Berwick hires enough quality faculty to maintain small class sizes and achieve the vision of our School. A strong Annual Fund will also help alleviate tuition increases to cover the School’s most substantial investment - its teachers.
  • Financial Aid

    Berwick Academy is committed to providing access to the best Pre-K through Grade 12 education to all qualified Seacoast students. Financial Aid allows those who may not otherwise afford it the full Berwick Academy experience, including our outstanding athletics and arts programs, the best teachers, small class sizes, and the Berwick Innovation Center. A strong Financial Aid program also creates a more diverse learning environment, enriching the lives of all Berwick Academy students. 
    New for the 2014-15 academic year, supplemental aid will also be offered to students for global travel programs. Cultural competency is a strong component of teaching useful knowledge in the 21st century, and regardless of socioeconomic status, Berwick Academy believes that all students should have access to the immersion opportunities provided by the School.
    A gift to Financial Aid provides need-based tuition assistance and supplemental funding for travel programs to our outstanding students from around the greater Seacoast area.
  • Programs: Virtue & Useful Knowledge

    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.
    Useful Knowledge
    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.
  • Athletics

    Athletics is a part of every division at Berwick Academy, and every student participates at one level or another. The Athletic Program at Berwick helps students achieve proper wellness and balance; it enables students to interact with different peers, thus broadening their perspectives; and benefits students by teaching team values and sportsmanship, as well as the importance of – and accomplishment from – hard work and commitment.
    Crew is the newest Athletics initiative at Berwick. In 2012-13, Berwick launched a developmental program through a partnership with Great Bay Rowing in Durham, NH. As part of the Long-Range Plan, Berwick aims to have a fully formed and competitive Crew program closer to home within the next few years. This involves purchasing additional dry-land equipment, boats, docks, proper coaches training, and retrofitting a local establishment to serve as the boathouse and storage.
    Annual Fund donations for Athletics & Crew will help establish a permanent crew program in South Berwick, and continue the success of the overall athletics program by supporting team travel, equipment, uniforms, officiating, and community rental spaces for swim, hockey, and golf.
  • Arts

    Promotes Berwick’s incredible arts program, including increased digital arts offerings, visiting artists on  campus, licensing and scripts for plays and musicals, and supplemental funding for props, costumes, and other performance costs. 
  • Area of Greatest Need

    Can’t decide on a specific program or initiative to support? No problem! Berwick Academy relies on a significant portion of Annual Fund dollars to support the School in an unrestricted way. Directing your gift toward the Area of Greatest Need actually has the most significant impact on the School and our students. Your support allows the School to cover a variety of critical funding areas from general operations to any and all of the specific designations. 

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

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.