Every private school has a core curriculum—and Berkshire’s is one of the best, with all the fundamentals required for students to excel academically, socially, artistically and athletically. In Berkshire’s residential community there is so much to be learned from interactions with faculty outside of the classroom. What sets our school apart is what happens at the periphery of this exceptional core.
In these programs, students engage in academic opportunities outside the core curriculum and put them to practice in real-world settings. Grounded by a core college preparatory foundation, this balance of rigor and possibility is what makes Berkshire unique—and our students so well-prepared to contribute to the world that awaits them.
- Advanced Math/Science Research offers students seeking an independent laboratory experience an opportunity to design and execute an original research project of their choice in the biological, physical, or social sciences.
- Advanced Humanities Research gives students an opportunity to follow an interest, with the assistance of a professional in the field, to a full-length literature review, in which they summarize and critique the contemporary scholarship relevant to their chosen topic.
- Independent Study allows students to work with a faculty mentor to design a course and direct its in-depth development in either a one-semester or year’s study.
- Aviation Science, a rebirth of the Bears With Wings program from the 40's, prepares its students with extensive classroom and flying time to pass their certification exams in May.
- Sustainability provides students with the opportunity to do real-world work in sustainable practices, learning to garner institutional support for adaptations that create a lasting and noticeable difference.
- Pro Vita Winter Session allows students to pursue interests outside the core curriculum, highlighting the school motto “learning not just for school but for life.”
- Virtual High School (VHS) places students them in the alternative learning environments that they will encounter in college, 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.
- The Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program uses Berkshire's natural resources to promote academic growth, to challenge students athletically, to teach leadership, to develop character and to foster environmental responsibility.
- The Barbara Kenefick Center for Learning is a resource that assists students who are able to meet the rigorous academic standards of Berkshire School but need additional attention in order to develop the learning competencies that the curriculum demands.
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