Residential Life

dorm room at Berkshire

Residential life at Berkshire is designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility, self-sufficiency, and connectedness unique to boarding school experience. Students at Berkshire enjoy living in a nurturing and safe environment. Dorm parents—faculty members who live in the dorms with students—take on a parent-like role or “in loco parentis” giving each dorm a true family feeling. From helping with homework, giving advice, to hosting movie nights in the common room, dorm parents build strong relationships with the students.

Dorms are organized by “vertical housing,” which means that every dorm has students from each grade, allowing upperclassmen to serve as role models. This model ensures that new students are successfully integrated into the community. Faculty apartments adjoin each hall and two senior prefects provide leadership in everything from monitoring study hall to serving as mentors to organizing weekend activities.

Berkshire’s boarding community is composed of students from across the United States and over 30 countries. As part of a Berkshire tradition, the School celebrates its global community daily by displaying flags in the dining hall to represent all our students’ home countries. Berkshire’s diverse and inclusive community helps our students learn to respect, understand, and work effectively with people who have different perspectives and experiences.


Students at Berkshire School are provided three meals per day— breakfast, lunch and dinner.



A laundry service is available for a fee to wash and/or dry clean student apparel and bedding.

E&R The Campus LaundryIn addition, coin-operated clothes washing machines and dryers are located in a number of dorms throughout campus.



Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Mail is received at approximately 11:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Mail is picked up at approximately 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Received at approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  *There is NO UPS delivery or pick up on Saturday.


Received at approximately 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

NOTE: Berkshire School only receives one delivery a day. There is NO early day delivery and there is NO Saturday delivery.


Delivery upon request only.

Payment Options

Students may send mail via USPS and UPS through the Post Office. Only cash payment is accepted.

If using FedEx, credit card or a FedEx account number is required.

NOTE: All mail and packages are received ONLY through the Berkshire School Post Office.

If you need to send medication to your child, please address it the Student Health Service.

Please address all mail and packages to your child as follows:

Student Name
Berkshire School
245 N. Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257


The Student/Parent Handbook is an important document that outlines the rules and expectations for students in the Berkshire community. Each student—and parent—should read the handbook carefully.

First page of the PDF file: Student_Parent_Handbook_2019-2020


Technology is integral to teaching and learning at Berkshire as well as to the administrative functions that support it. Our vision for technology is as a facilitator of communication and collaboration between students, parents, faculty and the world outside our campus, and as an enabler of discovery and engagement in the process of learning "not just for school, but for life."

The Technology Department is committed to supporting all technology in use at Berkshire; assisting our faculty, staff, and students in its effective use; and working with the community to identify areas where technology can help Berkshire better fulfill its mission.

Contact IT Help Desk