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Our Process

The SSAT test is required for all applicants as it is useful as a common assessment tool. However, in our admission process, we look more closely at the student’s day-to-day academic achievements in our efforts to evaluate their potential to grow, succeed, and contribute here at Berkshire.

Characteristics like curiosity, creativity, and perseverance, both inside and outside the classroom setting, are important to us, and we recognize that these traits are not easily represented in a standardized test. We are a strong, vibrant, and inclusive community, and we are looking for those applicants who are eager to take advantage of our unique learning environment and embrace all that makes our community even stronger. We encourage all high-achieving students to apply to Berkshire, regardless of their standardized testing profile.

A Guide to Applying

SCHEDULE A VISIT

Before calling to schedule an appointment, please fill out our inquiry form.

inquiry form

Plan to spend two hours at Berkshire in order to allow time for a campus tour and interview for both student and parents. To schedule a tour (available Monday through Saturday), please contact the Admission Office at 413-229-1003 or email admission@berkshireschool.org.

REGISTER FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS (September - January)

Students should register for standardized tests. Grades 9 and 10 require the SSAT (school code: 1612), while grade 11 requires the PSAT or the SAT. Grade 12 and post graduates requires the ACT or the SAT. International students are required to take the TOEFL in addition to the SSAT, PSAT or SAT (international school code: 3252).

BEGIN APPLICATION & QUESTIONNAIRE (November - December)

Through your chosen application platform, the SSAT's Standard Application Online (SAO) or Gateway to Prep Schools (links included below), request your transcript and recommendation from your school Principal or counselor, as well as recommendations from your English and math teachers. You are always welcome to submit a supplemental personal reference, though this additional recommendation is not required.

Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Berkshire education. Certainly a reason you're seeking to enroll your child with us is because you're interested in an environment that focuses on instilling character values as well as exceptional academics, unique life experiences, and outstanding opportunities. This is why we are offering your child the opportunity to participate in the Character Skills Snapshot, on a purely optional basis. If a student chooses to complete this supplemental 25 minute online portion, the results provide additional layers of information to use in getting to know her/him as well as possible. Since we feel this kind of assessment has an important role to play in the future of our application process, we are eager to evaluate how we can most effectively incorporate its use into our process and we do so by using the "Snapshots" we receive this year.

SUBMIT COMPETED APPLICATION (Deadline January 15)

Ensure that you have completed all required components of the application and submit your materials by January 15.

If you are applying for Financial Aid, please visit sss.nais.org to complete required financial aid forms and directly submit all necessary tax documents by the January 15 deadline. For assistance in submitting these materials, please contact SSS at 800-344-8328. For questions relating to Berkshire's Financial Aid policies and practices, please contact Katherine Simmons, Berkshire School Director of Financial Aid, at ksimmons@berkshireschool.org 

DECISIONS RELEASED (March 10)

All applicants will be notified of their admission decisions via their online admission portal on March 10.

Accepted students may return to campus for our revisit program, "A Day at Berkshire," which is held in late March/early April.

RESPONSE DEADLINE (April 10)

Students are required to formally accept or decline their offer of admission and return the signed contract and deposit to Berkshire School by April 10.

FAQs

How does the Admission Office review candidate files?

All applications are initially reviewed in detail by three admission officers and the director of admission, after which point the admission committee comes together to discuss each file and make an initial recommendation. For those students applying for financial aid, the financial aid committee further discusses their candidacy and allocates resources to students who qualify until the entire budget has been allotted. Once all applications have been reviewed in this format, the committee meets again to further refine the pool to ensure a balanced incoming class, representative of many different interests, talents, and backgrounds.

How much emphasis do you place on SSAT scores?

The SSAT test is required for all applicants as it is useful as a common assessment tool. However, in our admission process, we look more closely at the student’s day-to-day academic achievements in our efforts to evaluate their potential to grow, succeed, and contribute here at Berkshire.

Characteristics like curiosity, creativity, and perseverance, both inside and outside the classroom setting, are important to us, and we recognize that these traits are not easily represented in a standardized test. We are a strong, vibrant, and inclusive community, and we are looking for those applicants who are eager to take advantage of our unique learning environment and embrace all that makes our community even stronger. We encourage all high-achieving students to apply to Berkshire, regardless of their standardized testing profile.

How does the interview factor into the selection process?

Throughout the application review process, we look for evidence of Berkshire’s core values of curiosity, integrity, respect, inclusion, perseverance, and resilience, and often these qualities emerge during the interview. We view the interview as glue that weaves together an entire application, helping to affirm and support all that is represented on paper. Our admission officers are experienced and interested, and strive to create a comfortable setting where students can truly be themselves.

How and when will I be notified of my admission decision?

Admission and financial aid decisions are released electronically through the student’s admission portal by 8:00 a.m. on March 10th.

If placed on a waiting list, what does that mean and what is the chance of being admitted?

Being placed on our waitlist means that we would love to have you at Berkshire; it is not a soft deferral. We are fortunate to have more qualified applicants apply than spots to offer, so we manage a strong waitlist. Every year is different in the admission process and we begin to consider students on our waitlist around April 10th. We do not rank our waitlist because there is no way to predict what our institutional needs will be as the new class begins to take shape. It is a good idea to stay in close contact with your admission officer should you remain actively interested in Berkshire. In recent years, the number of acceptances from the waitlist has ranged from zero to ten.

 

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