The goal of the College Office at Berkshire School is to find a college or university that best matches each student's talents, interests, and aspirations. While we are certainly proud that over 85% of our 2012 graduates earned acceptances to Barron’s “Most Competitive” and “Highly Competitive” colleges and universities, we take greater pride in the academic success, leadership and community contributions of our students during their collegiate experiences after Berkshire.
Successfully navigating the college process requires self-reflection, ambition, independence, resiliency, and initiative…core values which lie at the heart of a Berkshire education. Students in every Form are encouraged to meet with our college counselors at any time for guidance in the college process.
At Berkshire, we’re fortunate to be able to provide a level of service and expertise in the college process unlike any other school our size.
Our college counselors begin meeting formally with students during the winter of their Fifth Form year to identify each student’s talents and interests and to develop an initial list of colleges to explore. Naviance’s Family Connection is an essential online resource which students, parents, and college counselors all access to research, organize, and direct the college process. Fifth formers begin visiting colleges and universities during March vacation. The balance of the Fifth Form year is devoted to refining each student’s college list, preparing for the first round of standardized testing, and planning the Sixth Form course of study. The summer is spent visiting additional colleges, beginning the application process, and writing the college essay.
In the fall of the Sixth Form year, students complete their standardized testing and finalize their applications. Our college counselors organize and help direct the application process throughout the fall, meeting weekly with each sixth former to ensure that their applications are thoroughly reviewed and submitted ahead of all deadlines. The college process at Berkshire is rooted in an effective partnership between each student, his or her parents, and the college counselor. We encourage you to visit the College Office when you’re next on campus to meet with our college counseling staff.
Please see The College Timeline for additional information on the college process at Berkshire.