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PK-12
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South Berwick, ME
Students enrolled: 572
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31 Academy St
South Berwick, ME 03908

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(207) 384-6300
(207) 384-3332
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November 16, 2014
My favorite part of my day is my English class. Here at Berwick, many English and history classes are discussion based. Teachers prod and encourage us with questions, but most of the time students arrive in class with ideas and opinions about the current subject we are looking at or the reading we have been doing. We are respectful of everyone's opinions, but I love it because people are also not afraid to speak out, kindly, and challenge others opinions with their own. The intellectual responses to subjects become really creative and make me rethink and recreate my perspectives and ideas. Right now we are looking at some of Anne Sexton's writing, specifically surrounding her transformations of old fairy tales. These poems are filled with cultural references and critiques that are hidden in her language. It is pretty unbelievable.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2014
As a current student of Berwick, my experience has been nothing short of excellent. Coming in as a Junior I was a little apprehensive, leaving my friends from my local public school and only knowing a few students attending Berwick, but almost seamlessly the close knit community made me feel at ease. Everyone was so accepting and kind. My first week at school I had students and faculty coming up to me, introducing themselves and welcoming me, it was so effortless to make new friends. In the classroom, the class sizes are so small that they feel personal. You can't hide in the back just hoping to slide on by, you're expected to engage yourself in class discussions. This has improved me both as a student and person, raising my test scores and encouraging me to take risks and try new things. Berwick has not only given me an amazing education, but has provided me with life skills that will be with me for the rest of my life. I feel prepared and excited for college, thanks to Berwick.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2014
My two children have been at Berwick Academy from the first grade, they are now in fifth and seventh. We feel fortunate to have a school of this caliber in our area. BA promotes a sense of caring and community, provides an arena for children to flourish academically and has the resources to offer multiple extra-curricular activities within the school day. Administration has an open door policy and it has been my experience that they listen and they respond. Faculty are committed and invested and communication lines for parents are always open. The campus is beautifully maintained and welcoming. I wold 100pc recommend BA to prospective families and encourage those exploring their options to come and visit. My children are performing well and most importantly are very happy here and as a parent that makes me very happy!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
My Daughter has been at Berwick for 5 years. We moved her out of the public school system that she was in (and that i graduated from). She is graduating this year with options, thought processes, and a grounded sense of herself that I do not see in her peer group from the public school system (who she still stays in contact with). Berwick has been great for my kids, so much so that we put our son in last year after he was having issues in school retaining what was taught (5th grade). He was embraced here, has found a real like for engineering, and is exploring that like within a faculty supported after school engineering program. As always you get out of a school what you are willing to put into it! If the kids are lazy and want an easy ride don't send them here- if they want a real education, and the you want your child to come out balanced, focused and ready to engage college and life then this is the perfect school for them.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
Berwick Academy has provided an amazing eduction for all three of my children. They have all attended BA from Kindergarten on - we now have one child in each division. With an economically diverse student body, broad academic offerings (arts and athletics, included), and incredible teaching - there is something for everyone. It's a great place to let children explore their passions, with encouragment from teachers and students. We couldn't be happier with our decision to send our children to Berwick. A true investment in their futures!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
I have two children at Berwick Academy and we could not be happier. One of the school's missions is for the students to have balance in their lives, and I think they work very hard at achieving this. The academics are excellent, but not overwhelming to the point that the kids can't do anything else. There are numerous opportunities to pursue individual interests through programs like the Innovation Center, which really allows the child to grow in an area that they are passionate about. I believe that the school gets better with each year that my children attend.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
Sending our two children to Berwick Academy was a great decision. They have been challenged academically and have learned the importance of work/activity management. The teachers are dedicated and committed and go above and beyond their roles. I like the size of the school because the staff keeps abreast with everything going on.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
I went here for freshman year and it was not a fond experience. Students are rude and stuck up. Very hard to mix in if you dont go from the middle school to high school. Teachers play favorites. School revolves around money and its reputation.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
My son graduated from BA several years ago. It was one of the best experiences of his life. An above average student, bored in public school, he truly found his calling at BA. From day one, he made new and lasting friendships, enjoyed playing sports and music and looks back at his experience at this school as the basis for his success. Yes, it is very expensive for an average family and we struggled with the costs, yet we would do it again. Our son now has both an undergraduate and graduate degree and is excelling in his profession. He truly could not have done it without the wonderful teachers and faculty who work day and night teaching, coaching and mentoring. Public school would in no way have prepared him for his chosen career. Please take a tour of the school, let your student take a tour without you, and you both need to ask lots of questions. You and your student will get out of it what you put into it. I am the proud mom of a BA Alumni.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
Parents, all I have to say is no matter how great you think this school is, it is not. Just because you get contacted by the teachers and are being invited to luncheons at the school, and just because you get a good impression from the faculty, doesn't mean at all that it's nearly as good as what it comes off to be. If you had to spend every day at Berwick as a student, only then would you come to see what this school is really like. It's really not great academically, the school costs way too much for the type of education it gives. It's not worth it, and the vast majority of kids end up going to some pretty bad colleges for people who've paid as much as they have for this private school. Their little program that helps kids get into college is pretty useless. Even if your public school is a pretty shabby one, I would choose it over Berwick any day.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2013
This school is definitely not what it advertises itself to be, and is not what parents think it is. The school overcharges for quality that is barely ahead of public schools. Is $35,000 per year really necessary for this type of school? Especially one that is so obsessed with athletics yet probably wouldn't care if their music/arts department was completely taken out. It's almost an impossibility for any kid to graduate this school and go into the arts or music. And the student who wrote the immature review below PERFECTLY demonstrates what Berwick turns kids into. Is calling everyone who disagrees with you a "fat butthole" really what this school teaches you to do? And also, does this school teach you to ignore all facts and make up your own? Because the snob (typical for Berwick) apparently thinks that every single person who goes through Berwick goes into Harvard while every Public school graduate goes to juve. In reality, about 1 or 2 kids go on to Harvard, while the rest of the kids tend to go to particularly sub-par colleges. And as an additional note, the teachers think it's a good idea to rant about terribly-misinformed and idiotic right wing politics to the kids.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2013
I have to say that if the student who wrote the following review truly is a student then the English department must be lacking. Review also clearly indicates snobbery at the school our child was accepted to. Not sure I want her in an environment like that. "Posted February 14, 2010 I completely love it here!!!! these people on the site are giving it low ratings. whoever the heck you are, I hate your guts. You haven't even been to the school let alone learn there. It is more than 50 times better thn any privite or public school. They do care about their faculty and their students. The only people they don't care about, are the fat old buttholes who have no life other than to sit at the computer and rate schools based on completley nothing. For pete's sake people.... get a life. This school pushes us and makes us learn from our mistakes. They challenge us and encourage safe risks. Public school fattys on the other hand take the easy side of life and end up in juvey or working minium wage at burger king. We'll be the ones who end up in Harvard. get the picture?! Submitted by a student"

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
I attended BA years ago and found it to be a "new money family's answer to PEA". A lot of the students were smart but not bright enough(or "old money enough" ) to attend Phillips Exeter and so their parents sent them here. That said, it was full of insufferable snobs. Academically, I found that the same classes were offered in my local high school. Why spend a king's ransom when you can get the same thing in your public school?

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2012
What they say is NOT what you get. Don't waste your money. The school plays favorites.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
This school is my life. I graduated last year and I couldn't even imagine where I would be without having gone to Berwick for the past 13 years. The faculty are always, and will always, be there for you with anything you need. Your peers are people who will inspire you and push you to work hard, and most will form life-long friendships. Classes are small, which creates a great learning environment where each student can take part. The Berwick community is one so focused on inclusion and acceptance, everyone is comfortable and can be involved. My only regrets involving this school are the few years I took for granted. Now that I have graduated I don't understand why I didn't cherish this school like I should have every day I stepped onto the campus. Berwick Academy is an incredibly special place.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2012
I entered BA as a freshman from a local public school. The difference is vast. A "bad" teacher here is at least average at a public school. Extra help can always be seemed if you are struggling. This school is much better for some students than others. If you are an academically motivated kid who likes small class sizes, this is definitely the right place for you. The only problem(s) happen socially. Since the classes are so small, everyone knows everyones business. The grade is usually socially split between the students who have attended here from the start, and the hockey recruits who normally arrive freshman year. Sports are a big part of the Berwick experience, and varsity athletes are very well liked by the administration and students. But overall, this school has very few flaws and is a great place to send your children.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2011
Berwick Academy is an excellent place for your child to blossom. They have fun, make great friends and the education is spectacular. I have been attending for 3 years now and I love it! GO BULLDOGS :) -Class of 2017

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2011
Our child is in the Lower school in their second year loving it. From the moment we toured the campus, to all the teachers, staff, headmaster, principal we have been delighted with the care and sincerity we have found across the board. Even if the campus were only half as great as it is, (the facilities rival some college campuses), it would be a fabulous education and experience. The school is very communicative with parents, Teachers are kind, fun and expect a lot academically and in creating a great learning environment. Athletics are fantastic, equal billing for both girls and boys sports. There are lots of extracurricular programs starting at an early age, like private music lessons, dance or movement class. In the Lower school literacy, math, history, science, art, gym, computer, music and French class are the norm starting in kindergarten. You have the greatest sense that your child is very well cared for. My child has learned so much and looks forward to every day, not something we saw when attending previous schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Berwick Academy sadly had declined because of its insular focus. It is dominated by a Dean who is more interested in his own power trip and process than about the students. Check the stats. There is a big dip in the number of students who start high school and the number who finish. Cliches, poor administration and little support for what is really important - the kids. Favortism abounds.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Run, don't walk away from Berwick! The school is a disaster. The schools that are advertised for college admissions are only ones that a few smart kids get into. Rest got to not that great of schools. It's not worth the money. Administration is petty and self-absorbed. Go anywhere but here.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
Our child has gone from the Lower and Middle Schools and is entering as a fully prepared Freshman this fall. His public school peers in our hometown are far behind his overall development as a student and as a young adult. Today, his entire grade is off to an overnight orientation campout on a lake in Maine. Extravagant perhaps but, very cool stuff. Contrary to other posters here, our Head of School is open, resourceful and responsive beyond our imaginations. Fair warning, the standards here are strict in this age of mediocrity and tolerance for the lowest common denominator. Consequently, the Berwick administration's approach makes it a safe and drama free atmosphere. The campus and facilities are spectacular and rival any institution in the area. Finally, faculty and staff demand the most from the students and that is the true critical factor that we appreciate as parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
There is no doubt that Berwick works for some students. There are some very fine and caring teachers. It should not surprise anyone that there are some weak and sadly inept teachers as well. Relatively new administration is surprisingly vindictive , petty, and intolerant towards any hint of difference from the 'norm.' Morale is definitely a problem. Do not go here if you tend toward original thought or want your children to turn out in any manner other than white-bread ordinary. Very poor communication with parents in the upper school. Nice buildings. Definitely not worth the money; it survives because it's the only private, non-boarding facility in a region of poor public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
Berwick continues to offer an excellent education K through 12 and provides strong college placement for its graduates. Those seniors who leave find themselves well prepared for college academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
BA changed my life. I was attending a public school on the way to nowhere and poor grades. I transferred to BA and there I learned the value of hard work and a great education. It really prepared me for college. I had a much easier time dealing with the workload than my fellow classmates in college because of BA. I highly recommend attending if you are given the chance.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2010
I completely love it here!!!! these people on the site are giving it low ratings. whoever the heck you are, I hate your guts. You haven't even been to the school let alone learn there. It is more than 50 times better thn any privite or public school. They do care about their faculty and their students. The only people they don't care about, are the fat old buttholes who have no life other than to sit at the computer and rate schools based on completley nothing. For pete's sake people.... get a life. This school pushes us and makes us learn from our mistakes. They challenge us and encourage safe risks. Public school fattys on the other hand take the easy side of life and end up in juvey or working minium wage at burger king. We'll be the ones who end up in Harvard. get the picture?!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
Don't move here then apply. It is a private school. If they do not like your child you will not be welcomed or treated in a respectful professional manner. Your child must be perfect, even at the age of 6.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 05, 2008
I attended Berwick Academy and had an amazing experience. I was more than prepared for college after my years at BA, and the excellent and supportive teachers inspired me to pursue my own teaching career.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
this school is amazing! i have been attending for the last three years, and i have to say that i would not change it for anything. the teachers care so much about each student and put the added time in to help each student to the best of their ability. not only is it a great school, but its a great community. everyone is so friendly and the teachers are more like friends. it is very hard academically but teachers are always there to help. any child who attends should consiter themself very lucky....great school!!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 19, 2008
I love it there, I could never leave. The teachers care so much about everyone

- submitted by a student
no rating December 16, 2007
This school is a great place if you are rich and want your child to only be a certain way. That are very hard on the kids for simple things and the faculty can often cause more problems than help. I find it sad that while at the school it feels as though it is all about money to these people, than helping the kids. Prepares by overloading and being overharsh as well as overpriced.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 17, 2007
I am a parent of 3 children at Berwick Academy. This school has so much to offer every child! The sky is the limit! The investment in their education is worth every penny! The new headmaster is one more reason I'm excited for the future of BA and the education my children are getting. At BA it is 'cool' to be smart and since the bar is set higher than public schools, the kids are at least a year or more ahead academically! (they are usually a year or more behind in the drinking/smoking,etc area - which is OK with me!) The staff at BA are some of the most caring, educated, committed and involved folks I've ever come across! They really care about each child personally! Since the class sizes are so perfect, each child can get that individual attention that we are paying for!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
Unfortunately, this school caters to the lowest common denominator, and actively discourages more talented students excelling. While it presented itself in a reasonable manner, the administration is for the most part incredulously incompetent, and the teachers, save for a rare few gems, are somewhat apathetic. A fairly average school.

- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2007
We have a son at the middle school and we have been very pleased. The teachers challenge the students academically and get to know them personally as well. It is a caring environment that truly does try to educate the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
We have 2 children at Berwick Academy. One started in 6th grade and is in 8th now. The other started in the Lower School. We are so pleased with the education they are receiving. The school cannot compare to our Public School! The respect they are learning and receiving is amazing. The education is superior and the committment of the school to teach the whole child is unsurpassed! All subjects, including Music, Art, Sports and Language are taught by the very best teachers who make learning fun and interesting! We look forward to many more years at B.A. since we have another child starting in the lower school in 1 1/2 years!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 09, 2004
I have children in the middle and upper schools at BA. We have been thrilled with the challenging academic atmosphere and the care given to our children by the faculty and staff. I am a firm believer in BA's 'whole student' philosophy and have watched my children blossom in areas we never expected. The tuition is daunting but financial aid is avaliable, and we have made a family decision that education is the priority so we will do what it takes to keep our children at BA. While there are very wealthy families at BA there are also students from an array of economic backgrounds. More diversity would be nice; but after all, this area of New England is not all that diverse. We feel that our children will be ready to take on the challenge of any college once they leave Berwick.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
This was an excellent choice for my daughter's education and preparation for college. The respect that students and teachers have for each other is commendable.

- submitted by a parent
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Berwick is a Pre-K-to-12 day school that serves 590 students from 3 states and over 60 communities. We hope you will visit our school community soon. Please do not hesitate to contact the office of admission with any questions: admissions@berwickacademy.org 207.384.6310.

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Berwick Academy
31 Academy St, South Berwick, ME  03908
(207) 384-6300
Last modified Berwick Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Berwick Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top