Meet the Form Deans
Form deans are in consistent contact with fellow faculty members and are responsible for helping chart students' academic progress through Berkshire.
Academic questions? Connect with the Form Deans:
Mr. Perkins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Speer: email@example.com
Ms. Barnhardt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. McCabe: email@example.com
A Message from Brooke Depelteau, Dean of Academics
At Berkshire School, our Core Values are central to who we are as an institution and who we are as individuals. The introduction to our Honor Code explains, "Honor and integrity sit at the heart of the Berkshire community and are the basis of student life at Berkshire. Students understand that they are at all times to act honestly in all aspects of life at Berkshire, and the Honor Code places in their hands the responsibility for honorable conduct as a way of life."
Last year saw the Berkshire community re-center itself on the importance of academic integrity, and we leaned into our Core Values and our Honor Code. We embraced this mission, and we worked together, in partnership with our Berkshire families, to highlight and celebrate the importance of integrity. Certainly, the increased ease of access to artificial intelligence (AI) has been a talking point in our community, and we remain grounded in the language of our Honor Code and our belief that each of our Bears is responsible for doing their own work. Using text generated by AI and passing it off as one's own work is a violation of our Honor Code.
At Berkshire we honor and respect original thought and original work. We encourage all students to push through challenges and learn the skills necessary to read analytically and write clearly. To this end, we are committed to honest scholarship, and our Honor Code is a touchstone that supports our students in being their best selves.
Day Student Contact
Amber West serves as Berkshire’s Day Student Coordinator. She will be in regular touch with communication specific to day student families and will help students navigate life on campus.
Connect with Ms. West: firstname.lastname@example.org
All students were assigned English class-specific titles that were chosen to support the work done within the core curriculum throughout the year. Knowledge of the form-specific reads will be assessed early in the trimester.
Students in AP courses and some advanced sections have supplemental reading assignments as well. See below link for a complete list.
Berkshire's Dress Code
Berkshire School’s guidelines for the dress code are designed to help students present themselves in a way that aligns with the School’s community standards and values while also allowing for individual expression and comfort. Click the button below for the School's dress and appearance expectations.
Looking for back-to-school supplies and Bear wear? Visit the Berkshire School Store! Shop online or in person during registration.
Save shipping fees by picking up your order at the Bookstore during registration weekend.
Use Promo Code: PICKUP
Bookstore Hours During Registration:
August 31st: 9 am – 3 pm
September 1st: 9 am - 3 pm
September 2nd: 8 am – 2 pm
September 3rd: 10 am – 4 pm
New Pro Vita Director
Patrick Donovan is thrilled to be stepping into the role of Pro Vita Director. Mr. Donovan teaches Environmental Science, serves as head coach of Varsity Alpine Skiing, a dorm parent in de Windt, and an advisor.
Pro Vita Winter Session is built on the foundation of curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and authentic learning, to give students the opportunity to explore the larger world around them and to embrace the School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning—not just for school but for life.” Pro Vita offers more than 50 courses, local and regional trips, several site-based excursions, and various guest speakers, encouraging students to uncover new talents and discover lifelong pursuits.
Mr. Donovan welcomes students, alumni, parents, and friends of Berkshire School to reach out if they are interested in teaching a class or sharing a passion, expertise, or talent during the Pro Vita Winter Session.
2024 Pro Vita Trips
The Island School, The Bahamas
New York, New York
Dog Sledding, Minnesota
Adirondack Rock and River, New York
Learning Beyond Berkshire: Summer Trips
Coming Next Summer!
Berkshire is excited to offer two trips following the close of the 2023–24 school year, providing students the opportunity to explore the larger world around them and to embrace the School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning—not just for school but for life." These trips are led by faculty and designed to enrich the student experience by preparing them to be global citizens.
Reconciliation and Sustainability in Ireland and Northern Ireland
June 6-12, 2024
Ghana & the Making of the Modern World
June 15-25, 2024
Save the Date!
FALL PHOTO DAY is scheduled for OCTOBER 10. Photographers from Highpoint Pictures will join us on campus to capture photos of ALL students! No pre-ordering is required! Parents or guardians will receive email proofs prior to purchasing.
Introducing our New Director of Parent Engagement
Shannon Tyree Brown joined us this summer as Berkshire’s new Director of Parent Engagement.
After a successful business career, Shannon is excited to shift gears professionally and transition to the independent school world. The parent of two girls (Addie and Cassidy), Shannon served as the Parents Association President at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT, for the past three years. During her tenure, Shannon created connections between families, students, and the school during the complicated pandemic years and was known by all as a creative and effective community builder and partner. She cares deeply about schools, children, and education and is often described by colleagues and fellow parents as a “born connecter.”
She looks forward to meeting you and your child(ren) on campus this fall. Please feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com.