Academics


At the heart of Berkshire's academic program is an exceptional college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking, problem solving and intellectual curiosity across all disciplines. Our curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore an intellectual passion or nurture a new interest. Five academic courses are the standard full load for most students, though many opt to take additional electives. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a subject to the most advanced level possible, which challenges them to apply concepts and skills at a higher level, and which for many means taking courses well beyond those required for graduation. All departments offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses that can help motivated and qualified students prepare for the College Board Advanced Placement exams.

Our Location

Located in the beautiful Berkshire hills at the base of Mount Everett, our surroundings factor into nearly every aspect of Berkshire life and provide a safe, almost idyllic, location for learning.

Our Facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities meet the needs of a 21st century education and gives us one of the most modern campuses in the country.

Our Faculty

Our faculty is accessible, passionate, and engaged in guiding kids to stretch themselves, explore new interests, and work to reach new levels. The adults at Berkshire are coaches, teachers, advisors, dorm parents , and mentors who play a key role in the character development of our students. Our talented, diverse, fully invested faculty chooses to live here and devote their lives to helping students succeed.

Arts

Berkshire offers a broad selection of visual and performing arts courses, including studio art, ceramics, 3-D sculpture and design, photography, filmmaking, digital art, music, dance and theater. Introductory to advanced options are available, allowing students to explore new mediums or cultivate and 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.

Meet Our Art Department

Paul Banevicius

Paul Banevicius

Titles: Department Chair, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Stanley)
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Brandi Dahari

Brandi Dahari

Titles: Ceramics, Studio Art
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Clive Davis

Clive Davis

Titles: Music
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Jesse Howard

Jesse Howard

Titles: Theater
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Amy Keefer

Amy Keefer

Titles: Dance
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Nadine Lloyd

Nadine Lloyd

Titles: Director of Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program, Studio and Digital Art, Dorm Parent (MacMillan)
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Ben Riva

Ben Riva

Titles: A/V Manager
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Annie Rosenberg

Annie Rosenberg

Titles: Theater Assistant
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Dom Sayler

Dom Sayler

Titles: Theater Technical Director
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Tasia Wu

Tasia Wu

Titles: Music
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English

The English curriculum emphasizes 21st century skills by building on traditional ones. It teaches students to read carefully and appreciatively and to write clearly and expressively, emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving throughout the curriculum. 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.

While reading both canonical and contemporary texts in a thoughtful manner, students develop a more informed and compassionate perspective toward the larger community, with special regard to issues of sustainability. 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.

Meet Our English Department

Linda Bellizzi

Linda Bellizzi

Titles: Director of Independent Study Program, Virtual High School Coordinator, Adjunct Dorm Parent (MacMillan)
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Kelley Bogardus

Kelley Bogardus

Titles: College Counselor, Varsity Field Hockey, Asst. Coach
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Bebe Bullock

Bebe Bullock

Titles: Director of Pro Vita, J.V. Squash (Girls), Head Coach, Varsity Tennis (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Callie Carew-Miller

Callie Carew-Miller

Titles: Dorm Parent (Spurr), Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper

Titles: House Head (Godman), J.V. Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Doug Davis

Doug Davis

Titles: Dorm Parent (Buck), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, Varsity Basketball (Boys), Head Coach
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A.J. Kohlhepp

A.J. Kohlhepp

Titles: C. Twiggs Myers Chair for Teaching Excellence, Varsity Squash (Girls), Head Coach, J.V. Baseball, Asst. Coach
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Lissa McGovern

Lissa McGovern

Titles: Director of International Student Program, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose)
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Stuart Miller

Stuart Miller

Titles: Department Chair, Dorm Parent (Buck), Thirds Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, J.V. Tennis (Boys), Head Coach
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Dave Olson

Dave Olson

Titles: House Head (Buck), Varsity Crew (Boys), Head Coach
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Bernie Rhie

Bernie Rhie

Titles: House Head (Stanley), Thirds Basketball (Boys), Head Coach, J.V. Baseball, Head Coach
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Virginia Watkins

Virginia Watkins

Titles: Adjunct Dorm Parent (Spurr)
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History

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.

Meet Our History Department

Kevan Bowler

Kevan Bowler

Titles: Department Chair, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Buck), J.V. Basketball (Girls), Head Coach, J.V. Lacrosse (Boys), Head Coach
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Bill Bullock

Bill Bullock

Titles: Fourth Form Dean, Adjunct Dorm Parent (de Windt), J.V. Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, J.V. Squash (Boys), Head Coach
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Andrew D'Ambrosio

Andrew D'Ambrosio

Titles: House Head (Allen), Varsity Soccer (Girls), Asst. Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Head Coach
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Andrea Dunchus

Andrea Dunchus

Titles: Adjunct Dorm Parent (Godman), Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Jason Gappa

Jason Gappa

Titles: Adjunct Dorm Parent (Senior House), Varsity Baseball, Head Coach
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LeRhonda Greats

LeRhonda Greats

Titles: Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dorm Parent (de Windt)
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Paul MacKenzie

Paul MacKenzie

Titles: Associate Director, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Senior House), Varsity Crew (Girls), Head Coach
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R.G. Meade

R.G. Meade

Titles: Leon J. and Mabel Weil Endowed Chair in History, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Eipper), Varsity Volleyball, Head Coach, Varsity Softball, Asst. Coach
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Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Titles: Assistant Director, House Head (de Windt), Varsity Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, J.V. Hockey (Boys), Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Clay Splawn

Clay Splawn

Titles: Dean of Academics, Varsity Basketball (Boys), Asst. Coach
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John West

John West

Titles: Dorm Parent (Eipper), J.V. Basketball (Boys), Head Coach, J.V. Lacrosse (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Heidi Woodworth

Heidi Woodworth

Titles: Dorm Parent (Godman), Varsity Field Hockey, Head Coach, Varsity Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Language

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.

Meet Our Language Department

Donald Anselmi

Donald Anselmi

Titles: Spanish, Alpine Skiing, Asst. Coach
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Andrew Barter

Andrew Barter

Titles: French, House Head (MacMillan), Freestyle Skiing/Snowboarding, Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Anna Barter

Anna Barter

Titles: Department Chair, French, Varsity Cross Country (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Jesus Ibanez

Jesus Ibanez

Titles: Spanish, Thirds Soccer (Boys), Head Coach
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Jean Maher

Jean Maher

Titles: Associate Head of School, Dean of Faculty
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Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe

Titles: Latin, House Head (Eipper), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, Varsity Basketball (Girls), Head Coach, Varsity Track & Field (Boys), Head Coach
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Martina Moodey

Martina Moodey

Titles: Spanish, Thirds Squash (Girls), Head Coach, J.V. Tennis (Girls), Head Coach
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Elaine Tolvo

Elaine Tolvo

Titles: Spanish, Varsity Volleyball, Asst. Coach
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Amber West

Amber West

Titles: Chinese
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Mathematics

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. Critical thinking, collaboration and mathematical modeling are emphasized at all levels. Advanced sections of courses in the core curriculum include AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus with Differential Equations, Linear Algebra and Advanced Math/Science Research. Each allows students to pursue excellence in the subject at the highest level.

Meet Our Mathematics Department

Michael Bjurlin

Michael Bjurlin

Titles: Fifth Form Dean, Varsity Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Tennis (Boys), Head Coach
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Pat Bush

Pat Bush

Titles: Sixth Form Dean, House Head (Crispin-Gordon-Rose), Yearbook
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Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Titles: House Head (Senior), Varsity Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Baseball, Asst. Coach
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Sylvia Gappa

Sylvia Gappa

Titles: Varsity Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Klay Johnson

Klay Johnson

Titles: Dorm Parent (Allen), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, J.V. Basketball (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Jason Keefer

Jason Keefer

Titles: Dorm Parent (MacMillan), Thirds Basketball (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Softball, Head Coach
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Trudy Pzynski

Trudy Pzynski

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Lauren Riva

Lauren Riva

Titles: Director of STEAM Program, Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose)
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Kurt Schleunes

Kurt Schleunes

Titles: J.V. Golf, Head Coach
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Jasper Turner

Jasper Turner

Titles: Department Chair, J.V. Soccer (Boys), Head Coach, Varsity Squash (Boys), Head Coach
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Stephanie Turner

Stephanie Turner

Titles: Strength & Conditioning, Asst. Coach
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Science

The 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 (both in and out of the laboratory), to collect and analyze data and to present their results in professional scientific formats. Upper-level courses include further exploration in biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science as well as electives, including Sustainability, Astronomy and Aviation Science.

Meet Our Science Department

April Burch

April Burch

Titles: Director of Adv. Math/Science Research
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Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

Titles: J.V. Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Mike Dalton

Mike Dalton

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Sylvia Gappa

Sylvia Gappa

Titles: Varsity Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Peter Kinne

Peter Kinne

Titles: Varsity Golf, Head Coach
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Michael Lee

Michael Lee

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Rob Lloyd

Rob Lloyd

Titles: Director of Sustainability, Varsity Cross Country (Boys), Head Coach
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Anita Loose-Brown

Anita Loose-Brown

Titles: Department Chair, Dwight C. Baum '32 Endowed Chair of Science, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Godman)
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Maura MacKenzie

Maura MacKenzie

Titles: J.V. Volleyball, Asst. Coach
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Mandy Morgan

Mandy Morgan

Titles: Senior Master
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Stephanie Turner

Stephanie Turner

Titles: Strength & Conditioning, Asst. Coach
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Ben Urmston

Ben Urmston

Titles: Varsity Cross Country (Boys), Asst. Coach, Thirds Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Cait Ward

Cait Ward

Titles: Dorm Parent (Spurr), J.V. Hockey (Girls), Head Coach
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