Berkshire recognizes that students require different study environments and different methods of learning, and provides a number of opportunities, as well as additional support for that effort. Faculty are available for extra help beyond the academic day to work with boarding and day students in one-on-one or small group environments. Study halls allow for quiet study six nights a week, in dorms, academic spaces and the library. More structured options are available through the Kenefick Center for Learning, Virtual High School and the Writing and Math centers.
The Kenefick Center for Learning (KCL) is named in honor of Barbara Kenefick, who founded Berkshire’s Academic Support Program in 1992. KCL is a distinctive program that supports students who meet Berkshire’s academic standards and will benefit from additional support to develop the learning competencies that the curriculum demands. The KCL is fully integrated into the life of the school and offers resources such as study skills, time-management skills, and subject-specific tutoring.
Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center (Room 104)
Tuesday & Thursday | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The center assists students in completing math assignments and helps students to develop their quantitative skills. We work hard to support a student’s thought process, provide immediate feedback, and help students to clarify misconceptions. We will not solve problems for a student but will offer guidance to help students develop an understanding of a concept. In addition, our goal is to help students gain the necessary confidence in his or her abilities to complete assignments effectively without assistance. Priority will be given to students in Algebra and Geometry courses.
Virtual High School places students in the alternative learning environments that they will encounter in college and beyond, teaching them to advocate for themselves, work independently and manage their time and learning. It also offers classes not offered on campus, thereby expanding students’ curricular opportunities. Recent courses include Computer Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Peacemaking in Politics and Genes and Disease.
The Writing Center supports students at all stages of the writing process, empowering them to develop their own authentic voices as they learn the most effective ways to communicate. Students can work on all aspects of their craft, from thinking critically to formulating evidence-based arguments to expressing themselves clearly and creatively. Our peer tutors provide assistance with class assignments, college essays, and other writing projects while encouraging students’ growth as writers and scholars.