A Brief History of Berkshire School
Berkshire School was founded in 1907 beneath the “dome” of Mt. Everett by Seaver Burton Buck, a Harvard graduate who had taught at Hackley School. During the thirty-five years that Mr. Buck was headmaster, Berkshire evolved into a substantial and vibrant institution. Mr. Buck interwove appreciation for and exploration of the mountain with classical classroom teaching.
Upon Mr. Buck’s retirement in 1943 the school went on a war footing. Depleted by the call to arms, Berkshire nonetheless remained in session throughout the calendar year, with small groups graduating every twelve weeks. Many of the students became seasoned pilots through the school’s Education with Wings program at the nearby Great Barrington Airport.
A Berkshire education provides students with the tools necessary to excel in college. More, it's designed with an intentional eye to the skills that will help our students ultimately become successful adults. This fits with the core of Berkshire's motto: Learning, not just for school, but for life. In all classes, and in all disciplines, our talented faculty strive to help our students master critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication -- all skills that will help them not only become productive members of our close-knit boarding community, but also meaningful contributors to the extended, global community which will greet them after they leave us.
There has never been a more exciting time to enjoy the arts at Berkshire. Our first-rate arts faculty is matched only by the facilities in which they teach and the students they guide. With a rich selection of academic and afternoon activities, there is something for everyone. Myriad opportunities for exploration and artistic expression await you.
Berkshire Student Life
At Berkshire School, our motto: Learning — Not just for school, but for life,
sits at the core of everything we do. From an informal conversation at a sit down, family-style meal to the topics discussed in our health and wellness program, students learn about personal and societal values in every interaction over the course of the day.
Boarding school and day students are involved in all aspects of school life. Leadership opportunities exist in our residential program, student government, student activities, admission, alumni and development, athletics and in other realms of school life.
We seek to develop global citizens who respect and are responsible for others, themselves, and the community.
We encourage students to take risks, to step out of their comfort zone and to have fun. Take a look at photos from our Winter Carnival
and our other traditions. We take our fun very seriously!
If you're just learning about our boarding or day school options, I hope you will find the time to come visit us under the Mountain!