Pro Vita Winter Session

Pro Vita – Extending our curriculum


Just before March break, constituents from a wide spectrum of the Berkshire community gather on campus for a week to challenge and stretch students in ways beyond what is offered in the traditional high school curriculum. With over 80 courses, students explore the larger world around them and practice applying the school motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus (Learning--not just for school but for life).

Link to the 2014 Pro Vita Video Gallery here.

Beyond the three 90-minute daily classroom sessions, Pro Vita week features a variety of evening programs. Guest speakers have included Fred Newman, a contributor to NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, professional mountain climber and outdoor adventurer Jake Norton, and environmental activist Marion Stoddart.

Berkshire's 2015 Keynote Speaker is Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore and celebrated host and executive producer. Learn more about Wes here.

In addition, students have the option of pursuing site-based courses by travelling off campus. Last year’s excursions included a trip to New Jersey to install dry wall at a Habitat for Humanity Project, an eco-tourism trip to New Orleans to assist with rehabilitation efforts post-Katrina, and a nine-day visit to China.

See the 2015 Excursion List here.

Pro Vita provides an opportunity for both students and faculty to explore, cement, share or discover a lifelong passion. Whether it is delving into chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics or critically analyzing the archetypal hero in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, students obtain a skill set that, directly and indirectly, serves them well beyond their time at Berkshire.

Click here to view the 2014 Pro Vita Course Catalog.

The whole idea is to provide kids with an opportunity for risk taking that won't negatively impact their academic careers, to explore ideas through tangible experiences, and to develop the passions and curiosities inherent to all kids.  It's a week dedicated to experiential learning, focused on engaging kids in the dirty work of thinking.

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