Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.

South Berwick,Maine,UNITED STATES
School Type 
Private Non-Religious School
School Size 
Medium (between 300~600 students)


Year Established 1791
Total Enrollment 591
College Matriculation 100%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:8
International Students Ratio 2%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 58%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses Unavailable
Average Class Size 14
Average SAT Score 1330
Religious Affiliation Other
Uniform Requirement Casual

Campus Features

Cultural Competency and Inclusion

  • Berwick Academy is proud to have launched a comprehensive approach to cultural competency and inclusion as part of our most recent NEASC accreditation process. As a day school located in Southern Maine, we enter this conversation with an appropriate blend of ambition and realism. Berwick Academy has undertaken this work given its direct connection to the School’s historic mission of “promoting virtue and useful knowledge to the rising generations.” Both in terms of practical skill and in terms of moral development, we believe the skills and attitude associated with cultural competency to be of the utmost importance to our graduates.
  • Berwick Academy believes cultural competency is an essential element of "useful knowledge" in the 21st Century. Our graduates must navigate a diverse world guided by empathy, understanding, listening, self reflection, self awareness, and humility. These habits and skills need to be formed through engagement with people, places, and ideas from many cultures and multiple perspectives.
  • Moving forward, we are currently shaping a five-year measurable cultural competency action plan that will complement the existing Long Range Plan of the School. We have identified five pillars of action in the spirit of becoming a more diverse, inclusive, and empathetic place five years from now.
  • Finally, we recently completed a national search for a senior level position as Director of Cultural Competency. This person in this new role will tackle the unique challenge of strengthening our diversity efforts, improving our multicultural programming, and continuing to build upon the pre-existing culture of the School, which is marked by openness, humility, and respect. It is our hope that this new professional will also bolster our efforts to continue diversifying and supporting our students, families, and employees.


Interview Requirements 
Application Fee 
Application Description 
Application Deadline 
January, 2019
Space Available 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Admission Instructions

Minimum TOEFL score 9th and 10th grade: 80 Minimum TOEFL score 11th grade or above: 90 Our application is available through out Admission webpage. Please contact our office to schedule an in person, or Skype, interview.

Test Score Requirement

Above 80
Academic Strength 
Not Sure
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Our College Counseling Program: Berwick Academy provides personalized college counseling that focuses on the passions, talents, and goals of each student. We encourage all students to explore myriad options and to develop a college list that reflects their individual objectives. Our students gain admission to more than 100 different colleges annually. In the last 5 years, more than half our students have attended college outside of New England; 6% have attended college internationally. When visiting Berwick, Edward Fiske, author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, praised the diversity of the acceptance list and the success of our custom-tailored approach. We believe that finding the right college requires thoughtful self-analysis, careful research, and continual support from college advisors, teachers, and parents. We pride ourselves in matching our students with appropriate schools. Our student-centered college advising program begins in the ninth grade and covers: -academic advising -extracurricular advising -test preparation and planning -essay writing -interview skills -scholarship and financial aid information With both individual and small group meetings, e-newsletters, and evening programs by grade level, students and parents are provided with all the information and tools they need to successfully navigate the college process. Our families appreciate the breadth and depth of our communication. Residential Program Overview: Berwick Academy offers a small family-style residential program for boys in grades 9-12 who wish to experience life on the Hilltop. The residential experience at Berwick allows students to truly immerse themselves in the community by forming deep relationships with peers and faculty that will endure long after their time at Berwick.

Student Activities

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer
  • Cultural Club
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Foreign Language
  • Honor Society
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • Musical Instruments
  • Peer Leadership
  • Robotics
  • Speech
  • Student Goverment
  • Vocal Performance
  • Volunteer
  • Year Book
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Dance Team
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


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South Berwick

South Berwick is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,220 at the 2010 census. South Berwick is home to Berwick Academy, a private, co-educational university-preparatory day school founded in 1791. The town was set off from Berwick in 1814, followed by North Berwick in 1831. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The area was called Newichawannock by the Abenaki Indians, meaning "river with many falls," a reference to the Salmon Falls River. It was first settled by Europeans about 1631 as a part of Kittery known as Kittery North Parish. Near the confluence with the Great Works River, Ambrose Gibbons built the Great House at Newichawannock, a palisaded trading post, to exchange goods with the Indians.


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