At the heart of Berkshire’s academic program is an exceptional college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking, agile problem solving, collaboration, and curiosity across all disciplines. Our academic program is distinguished by its forward-thinking approach through a curriculum designed to be relevant and dynamic, preparing students for an ever-changing global world.
At Berkshire, there is no academic ceiling. The learning environment cultivates a desire for students to challenge themselves, take risks, and reach new heights. Built upon this strong foundation, our curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore an intellectual passion or nurture a new interest within our broad course offerings. Our goal is to ensure that all students have a unique learning experience providing them with the opportunities to go beyond the classroom to expand their knowledge.
"My U.S. History class has given me the opportunity to interact with individuals from all across the world with completely different backgrounds. This diversity gives me the privilege of being able to form opinions not only with one perspective but through sixteen.”
—Adriana Jovsic ’18, Serbia
Our faculty members intentionally choose Berkshire because they recognize we are fully committed to expanding opportunities for our students and furthering their education both inside and outside of the classroom. They are passionate about aligning their work to reflect new understandings of how students learn best and to preparing them for a world driven by exponential change.
More than 80% of Berkshire faculty members live in campus housing. Beyond teaching, most faculty members serve as an advisor, coach a sport, help with clubs and activities, and often take on other supervisory roles, which means students interact with faculty multiple times each day in a variety of contexts.
The frequent interaction between students and faculty is one of the hallmarks of our School. Faculty members want to help students succeed, and students are driven to seek out faculty to make that possible. It’s because of this distinctive culture that students develop strong relationships with faculty, which often extend beyond their years at Berkshire.
Berkshire offers a broad selection of visual and performing arts opportunities including: Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Digital Art, Sculpture & 3D Design, music, dance, and theater. Introductory to advanced options are available, allowing students to explore new mediums or cultivate an existing talent.
Our first-rate arts faculty is matched only by the facilities in which they teach and the students they guide. On any given day, you'll find students performing on stage in Allen Theater, rehearsing in the Music Center or exploring their creative side in the Fine Arts Center.
The English curriculum teaches students to read carefully and appreciatively and to write clearly and expressively, emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving. Paying attention to the traditional building blocks of communication while engaging students in web research and interactive presentations prepares them for the varied demands of college and life. The fundamental assumption is that by working with language, literature, and ideas in a dynamic fashion, students develop their abilities not only to communicate but also to think and reason critically, making them more aware of the multiple aspects of communication in a complex world.
The goal of the history curriculum is to introduce students to the rich cultural variety of the human community, to acquaint them with the development of the major traditions underlying civilization and to provide them with an opportunity to read history in depth. Topics include the recent development of societies around the globe, as well as the organization and dynamics of social, economic, religious and political institutions that shape the world today. Students learn through multimedia presentations, which include the use of SMARTBoards and tablets that help to spark debate and discussions.
The Language Department prepares students to live in a fast-moving, global society. Berkshire not only provides the opportunity for a language student to become fluent but also focuses on developing cultural sensitivity by studying each language’s unique civilization. Modern languages are taught in the target language, and the Department encourages each student to participate in immersion outlets such as clubs, language-based trips and exchange programs. Berkshire offers Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish. To support students and help them achieve their academic goals, a range of materials are employed that include work in Berkshire’s state-of-the-art Language Lab, as well as French, Spanish and Chinese satellite TV broadcasts.
The mathematics curriculum is designed to help students appreciate the nature, beauty, and scope of mathematics and to understand its potential in dealing with the world’s increasing technological complexities. Students develop collaboration and logical analysis skills by exploring mathematical modeling of real-world scenarios and incorporating problem-based learning. From Algebra I to Multivariable Calculus to Linear Algebra, all courses provide a deep foundation in mathematics to prepare students for college.
Berkshire’s science curriculum teaches students the skills of logical and critical thinking, problem solving, research, and clear communication, and prepares students to find patterns underlying collections of facts. Students learn how to use an array of instruments, to collect and analyze data, and to present their results in professional scientific formats.