Back to School
2016 annual guide to the Berkshire’s diverse selection of independent schools
Avon Old Farms (All Boys)
Enrollment: 408, 9 – post-grad, all boys,
A boy’s boarding school that uses programs designed to help young men focus on healthy development during a time when distractions abound. Avon’s core values of honesty, integrity, and community permeate life at this bucolic campus.
Enrollment: 219, K – 9,
From classrooms to dorms, Bement aims to learn as a whole while encouraging individual accountability. Bement strives for an academically diverse and multicultural student body that works together to create an intellectually rigorous climate of acceptance and kindness.
Berkshire Country Day
Enrollment: 210, Pre-K – 9,
Berkshire Country Day provides a stimulating and challenging education in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students’ academic excellence is coupled with well-rounded development. BCD has expanded its program for visual and performing arts, making these subjects an integral part of the curriculum for students of all ages. The preschool follows the Reggio Emilia approach.
Berkshire Waldorf High School
Enrollment: 40, 9 – 12,
This co-ed college-prep school provides education for truth-seeking adolescents with imagination. A 2:1 ratio of students to faculty creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, artistic fulfillment, openness, and mutual respect with a mission to be affordable to all.
Berkshire Hills Seventh-Day (Religiously Affiliated)
Lanesboro, MA Enrollment: 12,
Since 1938, this school has provided a Christ-centered learning environment.
Enrollment: 399, 9 – 12,
Established in 1907, Berkshire School prepares 9th-12th graders for a global future. Pioneering programs—advanced math/science, advanced humanities, and sustainability and resource management—coexist with AP offerings in all disciplines. Students embrace the school motto: “Learning—not just for school, but for life.”
Brunswick School (All Boys)
Enrollment: 929, Pre-K – 12, all boys,
A tradition since 1902, Brunswick’s teachers are specifically trained to focus on boys’ needs, challenge them, and build self-confidence. “Top-notch college placement, excellent academics, and strong values attracted us,” says one mother. The school also features outstanding facilities.
Enrollment: 85, 9 - 12,
For over 80 years, educating students in the progressive tradition.
Canterbury School (Religiously Affiliated)
New Milford, CT
Enrollment: 357, 9 – Post-grad,
Canterbury’s goal is to produce well-rounded, highly successful individuals. Known for a strong fine-arts program and exciting intramural sports—crew and horseback riding were recently added—the campus is situated in an area of natural beauty. Today, the student body is a diverse mix of Catholics and non-Catholics from 13 countries and 15 states, with a top-notch aquatics center, which features an eight-lane Olympic-sized pool.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Enrollment: 865, 9 – Post-grad,
Spread over 400 acres and offering 240 courses, Choate Rosemary Hall provides programs to satisfy every student and parent. Additionally, this school offers study-abroad programs in China, France, Spain, Japan, and Jordan, as well as a term program in Rome.
Dana Hall School (All Girls)
Enrollment: 466, 6 - 12, all girls,
An independent boarding and day school for girls, Dana Hall fosters growth for each individual and prepares them for college and rich, rewarding lives. Students are exposed to challenges and develop analytical and creative thinking abilities through rigorous core requirements that focus intensely on academic skills, like writing and research. Teachers fuel each classroom with fresh information and perspectives gained from their enriching sabbatical travels. Dana Hall also features an excellent Riding Center Horsemanship Camp.
The Ethel Walker School (All Girls)
Enrollment: 254, 6 – PG, all girls,
The Ethel Walker School, founded in 1911 as a college preparatory boarding and day school for girls, is a diverse community dedicated to scholarship, athletics, the arts, community service and wellness. It offers a critical academic experience with a solid foundation, as well as the opportunity to create lifelong friendships for a memorable educational experience.
Fairchild Wheeler follows a brand new, STEM project-based curriculum for students from Bridgeport, Trumbull, Fairfield, Shelton, and Milford. Students can choose either IT, biotechnology/zoology, physical science, math, or aerospace engineering.
Forman School (Special Needs)
Enrollment: 218, 9 – PG,
A co-ed boarding and day school for students who face dyslexia, ADHD, and other difficulties, and is based on the Forman program, a rigorous college-prep curriculum. With the guidance of trained professionals and state-of-the-art assistive technology, students are taught to make thoughtful, value-based life decisions.
Greenwich Academy (All Girls)
Enrollment: 802, Pre-K - 12,
Founded in 1827, it is the sixth-oldest girls school in the country, and is uncompromisingly dedicated to building the character of girls and young women. One parent says, “We chose GA because we felt strongly about single-sex education as a tool for building self-esteem.” Athletic teams are competitive, facilities are top-notch.
The Gunnery School
Enrollment: 295, 9 – post-grad,
With the development of character, strength, a lifelong love of learning, the Gunnery School produces students who are strong in every regard. Small classes are the norm here, which means that students’ contributions will be expected and welcomed.
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Enrollment: 565, Preschool - 12,
Since opening in 1912, Hamden Hall has served as a coed school for students that encourages active participation, provides a supportive environment, and a community that stresses the importance of social responsibility and community service.
Enrollment: 342, 6 - 12,
Located on a wooded, 125-acre campus, the Harvey School educates highly motivated students of above average ability in a warm, supportive setting. An average class size of 11 students allows teachers to get to know individual learning styles.
Hillside School (All Boys)
Enrollment: 145, 5 - 9,
Known as “a small school with a big heart,” Hillside offers a carefully balanced curriculum to prepare students for a challenging and successful future. With its 7:1 student to teacher ratio, students are provided the attention and dedication they need to thrive in this boarding and day school.
The Hotchkiss School
Enrollment: 600, 9 - Post-grad,
An independent boarding school founded in 1891, Hotchkiss’ diverse student body migrates from all over the US and 34 countries. Individuals get a beautiful campus that overlooks Lake Wononscopomuc and spans 827 acres. The enriching curriculum enables graduates to attend the nation’s top universities with an enhanced understanding of a global society.
John Dewey Academy
Great Barrington, MA
Enrollment: 35, 10 - 12,
Students are bright, troubled adolescents with a history of self-destructive choices.
Enrollment: 565, 9 - 12,
With classes such as screenwriting, Mandarin, and biotechnology, the faculty is there to help as students take on these challenges.
Lauralton Hall (All Girls) (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 477, 9 - 12,
The school prepares girls to become competent, confident, and compassionate young women. It offers a stern curriculum that highlights critical thinking skills, problem solving, communication.
Enrollment: 675, 9 - 12,
The mission of Loomis Chaffee is to advance the development of spirit, mind, and body in boys and girls drawn from diverse cultures and to inspire in them a commitment to be their best.
King Low Heywood Thomas
Enrollment: 683, Pre-K - 12,
The school believes individual accomplishment must link with respect for others and embrace human and cultural diversity. Teachers take a personalized approach to education to foster excellence, and maintain a comprehensive learning profile of students.
Maplebrook School (Special Needs)
Enrollment: 74, 6 - 12,
Founded in 1945 by parents seeking better education opportunities for their children, Maplebrook has grown into a prominent coeducational boarding and day school for students with learning differences and/or ADD.
Marianapolis Preparatory School (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 400, 9 - Post-grad,
Dedicated to building character and compassion with a strong foundation of Catholic values. Each classroom has an 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio. On the 150-acre campus, students stay in renovated dormitories, use a new theater, and join clubs ranging from the Chit Chat Club to Student Ambassadors.
The Marvelwood School
Enrollment: 160, 9 –post-grad,
Though Marvelwood does have a variety of honors and AP courses, it is known for its unique support programs that reflect its dedication to the individual.
The Mead School
Enrollment: Pre-K – 8,
The Mead School offers an intimate setting in which traditional academics combine with hands-on learning. Children are nurtured as lifelong learners and contributors to society.
Enrollment: 284, 9 - 12,
A small, co-ed college-prep boarding school where nurturing and stimulating relationships between students and teachers have been the school’s hallmark since its founding in 1931.
Miss Hall’s School (All Girls)
Enrollment: 214, 9-12,
An all girl’s school boasting an 80-acre campus in the middle of the Berkshires, the staff at Miss Hall’s School believes in teaching students to be the leaders of the next generation. To graduate, each girl must participate in Horizons, an off-campus community service and internship program.
Miss Porter’s School (All Girls)
Enrollment: 306, 9 - 12,
A community of 306 girls, Miss Porter’s school has an average class size of 10. The school’s mission is to provide an exemplary education to young women, with core characteristics of curiosity, global citizenship, integrity, and courage.
Montessori School of the Berkshires
Lenox Dale, MA, Enrollment: 100, Pre-K - 8,
The focus of activity in the Montessori setting is on children’s learning, not on teachers’ teaching. Generally students will work individually or in small, self-selected groups A family-oriented community that provides an environment to support growth.
Pine Cobble School
Enrollment: 165, Pre-K - 9,
For over three quarters of a century, Pine Cobble has nurtured creativity, curiosity, and outstanding character. Our mission is “to cultivate in each student a lifelong passion for learning, a strong sense of self-worth, and respect for others throughout the community.” This mission is what drives us, every single day. It drives us to approach every moment as a teachable moment. It’s what inspires us to go the extra mile for our students, to bring out their excellence as scholars, artists, athletes, and human beings with integrity.
The Rectory School
Enrollment: 255, K - 9,
Responsibility, respect, honesty, and compassion is the school’s creed that speaks to its passion to nurture the needs of its students. Founded in 1920 on a 138-acre campus, it has a diverse student body with 70 percent from the US, 30 percent from overseas.
Enrollment: 286, Pre-K - 8,
Parents choose Ridgefield Academy, and its affiliated Landmark Academy pre-school, for three main reasons: a school culture immersed in strong values, a comprehensive academic program, and the close partnership that both students and parents share with teachers.
Rippowam Cisqua School
Mount Kisco, NY (lower), 914-244-1200,
and Bedford, NY (upper), 914-244-1250,
Enrollment: 513, Pre-K - 9,
On two campuses, but one mission: to promote critical thinking, individual development, and personal excellence.
Rudolf Steiner School
Great Barrington, MA
Enrollment: 204, PreK-8,
The Rudolf Steiner School prepares their students for high school and college by giving them a unique, hands-on Waldorf education. No computers are used on campus and students are encouraged to interact with their teachers and each other as they learn from personalized textbooks they create themselves.
Rumsey Hall School
Washington Depot, CT
Enrollment: 324, K - 9,
An independent boarding and day school, it prepares students for the discipline required in secondary schools, through small co-ed classes and sound academics.
Salisbury School (All Boys) (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 310, 9 - 12,
The school instills in boys a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral, and spiritual development. No other school has a better balance between challenge, opportunity, and support in a traditional, college preparatory academic environment. Its 700-acre campus provides solid academic and athletic facilities.
South Kent School (All Boys)
South Kent, CT
Enrollment: 190, 9 - Post-grad,
Provides students with the intellectual, moral, physical, and social framework for scholastic achievement.
St. Agnes Academy (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 127, Pre-K - 8,
A Catholic parish school, united by God’s love, living and sharing faith daily. Within a secure, welcoming environment, the experienced, dedicated faculty and staff celebrate the uniqueness of each child.
St. Joseph High School (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 231, 8 - 12,
Focused on nurturing students through a comprehensive Catholic education.
St. Joseph High School (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 830, 9 - 12,
St. Joseph’s encourages students to realize their full potential and helps them excel in higher education. On the 25-acre campus, students have the chance to participate in 24 athletic teams.
St. Luke’s School
New Canaan, CT
Enrollment: 527, 5 - 12,
A secular, college-prep day school attracts families from over 25 towns. The Center for Leadership emphasizes teamwork, communication, community service, and a global mindset; with the proper skillset, anyone can become a leader.
St. Patrick’s School (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 190, Pre-K - 8,
A caring Catholic-school community where academic excellence is enriched by faith. For 60 years, this co-ed elementary school has served Westchester and Connecticut. Facilities include a state-of-the art science lab. Special courses include honors math, music, art, gym, Spanish, computers, and religion.
St. Mary’s School (Religiously Affiliated)
Lee, MA Enrollment: 133, Pre-K - 8,
Striving to provide for the emotional, social, academic and physical development
of each child.
The Taft School
Enrollment: 594, 9 - Post-grad,
Builds the whole person through an education that is academic, personal, and ethical. The motto is “not to be served but to serve.”
Trinity Pawling (All Boys)
Enrollment: 305, 7 - 12,
It embraces and enforces its core values of integrity, tradition, and community. It pulls strong emphasis on character, which it calls the “single most influential for to propel us forward—whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.”
Washington Montessori School
New Preston, CT
Enrollment: 250, Pre-K - 8,
Dedicated to the intellectual development of students, with a special focus on self-reliance and developing each child’s unique capabilities. Warm and welcoming classroom communities— where with the guidance of teachers, children learn at their own pace and discover academic interests on their own, stimulating their excitement for learning. Four new tennis courts, a soccer field, and a natural playground too!
Westover School (All Girls)
Enrollment: 203, 9 - 12,
Westover School provides an environment that inspires the intellectual, artist, athlete, and philosopher and challenges young women to think independently, to embrace diversity, and to grow intellectually.
Enrollment: 385, Pre-K - 8,
America’s largest Montessori school, accredited by the American Montessori Society and International Baccalaureate. Its diverse student body represents 40 countries. By combining the complementary Montessori and IB teaching methodologies, Whitby endows each student with distinct advantages.
Williston Northampton School
Enrollment: 528, 7 - 12,
Proximity to the Five College Consortium makes it ideal for strong college-prep.
The Woodhall School (All Boys)
Bethlehem, CT Enrollment: 42, 9 - 12,
An individualized approach to show each student his full potential at Woodhall.
Wooster School (Religiously Affiliated)
Enrollment: 380, K - 12,
For more than 80 years, this coed day school on 127 beautiful acres has instilled a sense of community, self-help, and service. n