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What Sets BCD Apart

Our Curriculum

  • BCD offers a vigorous academic program in the finest liberal arts tradition
  • French curriculum begins in Preschool
  • Spanish is offered in Grades 4-9
  • Theater is offered in Grades 1-9
  • Latin is taught in Grades 6-9
  • Integrated service learning projects develop students’ sense of responsibility to themselves, to the school community, and to the Berkshire community at large
  • A focus on the Arts – from drawing and painting to digital film, theater, instrumental and vocal music, and advanced forms of graphic design, photography, and electronic music – allows students to expand their forms of self expression and learn about the human experience
  • Curriculum-based field trips are available to students in Kindergarten-Grade 9
  • Curriculum-based overnight travel programs are available for students in Grades 5-9
  • Co-curricular and athletic programs for students in Grades 4-9 encourage teamwork, builds skills, and fosters leadership, on and off the field

Our Faculty

  • One-third of BCD teachers have been teaching at the school for 15 or more years
  • 75 percent of faculty & administrators have advanced degrees
  • Faculty regularly participate in professional development

Our Attention to Students

  • Close, personal communication between teachers, students, and parents is a hallmark of a BCD education
  • Students in Preschool through Grade 3 are in self-contained classrooms with their homeroom teacher serving as their advisor, as well
  • Students are assigned an Advisor in Grade 4 to oversee and guide their academic progress
  • Faculty are available before, after school, and in the evenings, by phone or email, to work with students and answer any questions they may have
  • Advisors and faculty work with students and families to counsel them through the secondary school placement process and help them make a successful transition to their next school
  • Average student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1

Our Campus

  • 27-acre campus
  • Nine classroom buildings
  • 5 athletic fields
  • Hiking trails
  • Pond for swimming, boating, and ice skating
  • Modern playground equipment

Our Students’ Future

  • BCD students graduate and go on to top-tier independent day and boarding schools
  • 90 percent of BCD graduates qualify to take honors and advanced level courses in secondary school
  • BCD students go on to graduate from top-ranked colleges, both in the U.S. and abroad
  • BCD students go on to become lifelong learners and to find success in the arts, sciences, and in life pursuing a wide range of personal endeavors

Our Community Culture

  • BCD has an active Parents’ Association that provides and coordinates school events, student assemblies, and parent enrichment lectures
  • 87 percent of current parents contributed to BCD’s 2009/10 Annual Fund

Our After-School Programs

  • An After-School Enrichment Program is provided for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 that provides our younger learners with an introduction to a wide range of activities, from movie-making to classes in drawing, chess, gymnastics and music
  • An Extended Day, After-School Care Program is available for all students, Monday through Friday, from dismissal until 5:30 p.m.
  • Students in Grades 4-9 participate in an after-school sports program and have the option of participating in a theater program during different points in the year or as a co-curricular afternoon elective
  • Private music instruction for a variety of instruments is offered after-school by highly qualified musical instructors