The relationship between faculty, students and parents is a cornerstone of the Berkshire experience. The school takes seriously its principle of in loco parentis (“in the place of a parent”) and embodies it in many ways. Communication with parents is frequent, through letters, e-mails and phone calls, and faculty and staff ensure there is always a way they can be reached.
Dorm staff watch over Berkshire’s boarding students and give each dorm a true family feeling, while form deans, who are in constant contact with teachers, chart the academic progress of each student. Coaches and other extracurricular leaders guide students through their afternoons, modeling teamwork and the benefits of non-academic pursuits. Working together, the school’s adults give students a sense of responsibility and productivity unique to boarding school living.
Berkshire hosts two Parents’ Weekends each year, one in the fall and one in the winter. There is also a special weekend in the spring devoted to grandparents. The director of parent programs sends regular e-mail messages to all parents, and the school’s website provides parents with a comprehensive view of all that is happening on campus. Parents are also encouraged to follow daily happenings on the school’s social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.