There is no better way to experience a “day in the life of a BCD student” than to come for a parent talk and tour. When you come for your visit you will have the opportunity to meet with the Head of School and take a tour of our beautiful campus with our Director of Admission & Financial Aid. During your tour you will be able to experience classes in action, meet our faculty, and learn more about BCD’s curriculum and educational offerings. Please allow two hours for your initial parent visit to campus, and dress for the weather!
Another way to visit BCD is to attend one of our many admission events during the school year. We recommend that you begin to tour or attend admission events one or two years before you are interested in having your student enroll. This ensures you have the best understanding of BCD and what is has to offer you and your family.
When you schedule your visit to BCD, allow enough time to get a feel for the school. Bring your wish list and notes to the interview, and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! Remember, the interview is a two-way process which allows you to find out more about us and helps us to better understand your child. During the interview, take the time to honestly discuss your child’s candidacy as well as to ask any unanswered questions that may be lingering in your mind. Here are a few to get you started:
- Is BCD willing and eager to involve parents?
- How, and how often, does BCD communicate with the family?
- Do the students you see seem productive, engaged, and happy?
- How do the teachers interact with their students?
- What are students at your child’s age expected to study?
- What are the backgrounds and experiences of the faculty?
- Does BCD provide its teachers with opportunities for continuing professional development?
- How BCD measures individual achievement and progress?
- What kind of leadership and governance does the school have?
- Are faculty and staff involved in decision-making and curriculum development?
- Does what you see reflect the School’s stated mission?
- What kind of counseling and support services are offered?
- Does the school feel like a community? Are students interacting with teachers outside as well as inside the classroom?
- Can you picture your child growing in this environment?
Before you leave Berkshire Country Day School, consider asking for a list of parents you can call for personal referrals. You may feel more comfortable if you can talk to current families about their experiences at the school. After you leave and have time to reflect on your impressions and what you saw and heard, feel free to call us back and talk about your concerns or any additional questions you may have. We welcome the opportunity for continued discussion as you move through your educational journey.
2012/2013 Berkshire Country Day School Visit Days
Join Berkshire Country Day School faculty, administrators, and current parents on a tour of our 27-acre campus and classrooms. Learn more about what BCD has to offer your student and family from those who know it best. If you can’t visit on the dates specified below, don’t hesitate to call the Office of Admission. We look forward to welcoming you!
Friday, April 19, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013