Traditions at Berkshire
Like all schools, Berkshire has deep-rooted traditions that help define the Berkshire experience, including Mountain Day, Winter Carnival and Community Dinner. But what is unique about Berkshire is that students do not simply uphold traditions and show up to events; instead, they build traditions and new programs, and as a result they are involved, invested and connected.
Once each semester, a surprise day off is granted (and usually announced in some creative way!) and the entire school is encouraged to spend some time on the mountain. Mountain Days are full of group hikes, bikes, swims in Guilder Pond, fly fishing excursions, general relaxing and a very good time is had by all!
One of Berkshire's time-honored traditions is known as "The Gauntlet." The ceremony is reserved for teachers who have served the School for an extended period of time. On the last day of their service, teachers are honored with a standing ovation as they walk through a crowd of students, teachers, and staff, from their classroom to Buck Valley.