Letter to Parents and Families of the Class of 2021- Testing Update, Questionnaire/Survey and Words of Encouragement
Erin Lyman - Director of College Counseling

As we head into the summer, I wanted to reach out to you all with a few words of encouragement. I have said it a few times, but I will say it again, because I really mean it: The Berkshire Class of 2021 is well-positioned to address all of the challenges of the admissions experience of this year and our entire office is optimistic and excited to assist all of you.  

Despite the incredible uncertainty of this time, some of the elements of the college application experience for the Class of 2021 are becoming a little more clear. As clarity emerges, it is the hope of our office to keep you informed and updated through our blog ( and our written communications. Two things are clear:

  • We are going to have testing dates in-house at Berkshire School in the fall that are for our students only, and will allow students to take the SAT and ACT.
    (attached please find a testing update with specifics)
  • Teacher and Counselor Recommendations are going to matter more than ever before.

With that in mind, I have three concrete tasks that I ask for your help in, to allow our office to best advocate for your students:

  • Fill out the Parent Questionnaire as soon as possible (Questionnaire is here) with the most up to date information, to allow us to provide accurate information to colleges and universities in our letters of recommendation and in our phone and email conversations.
  • Encourage (and assist if necessary) your student to fill out their questionnaire/survey in Naviance as soon as possible.
  • If your child believes that they are a recruitable athlete, actor, musician or artist, have them reach out to their Berkshire Coach / Arts Instructor to come up with a plan for the summer to approach coaches / art departments, and to put together a recruitment video / audition video / portfolio. Now that your child is officially a Sixth Former, please have them contact Anne Stosiek directly ( for all transcript requests.

I am excited to be working with you all.