One thing Berkshire parents know for certain: the School takes its mandate of in loco parentis (“in the place of a parent”) very seriously, and administers it in many ways.
For starters, faculty members at Berkshire School have chosen the boarding school life as their career and are dedicated to serving in the “triple-threat” capacity: teacher, coach, and dorm parent.
Each student has a faculty or staff advisor, one who serves as the child’s chief advocate throughout the student’s career at Berkshire and acts as the main liaison between school and parent. Students are encouraged to change advisors if there is another adult with whom they have a closer relationship.
House heads and house parents watch over Berkshire’s boarding students, who number over ninety percent of the student body. Many of these adults have children and pets, giving each dorm a true family feeling.
On the scholastic side, form deans—kept in constant touch by teachers—chart the academic progress career of each student. After the school day is done, coaches as well as drama and dance directors take on the part of role models.
Berkshire also offers a Big Brother-Big Sister program, in which incoming third-formers are “adopted” by members of the fifth form.
Berkshire parents are encouraged to join the Parent Ambassador Program, in which current parents call prospective families to talk about their children’s experience at Berkshire, or “veteran” parents answer any questions new Berkshire parents may have.
Parents are also invited to serve as athletic team coordinator, organizing snacks and dinners for various athletic teams, and to sponsor receptions in their homes.
Berkshire hosts two parents weekends each year, in the fall and in the spring, with grandparents also invited to the latter event. The school’s website provides parents with a comprehensive view of all that is happening on campus.