Letter from our Head of School

Welcome to Berkshire Country Day School (BCD). I am honored to be the head of a place that is a unique community that values and cares about the well being of everyone associated with the school.

To be honest, we are more than just a school. We are more than just a group who roots for the same team and congregates around our chosen symbols. And we are far more than a place that offers a degree and sends children off to the next level hoping for the best.

Instead, we are joined together with the understanding that the purpose of education is to develop the whole child: heart, mind, and body. We believe that identity is destiny, and to that end, we believe that all children who enroll in our school have something unique that will allow them to make a significant contribution to the future. This shared value drives our program and our interactions. We help children discover their unique strengths and search out ways to offer them up to the world. We do this through an intentional blend of innovative learning and the traditional skill building needed to support the most complex problem-solving.

I like to think of BCD as a place where trust, security, caring, and kindness meet challenge, risk-taking, success, failure… and resiliency. Both our campus and our teaching staff have a wow-factor that highlights a respect for the environment and a love of children. We are intentionally sized so we know all students and their parents by name. We are a place where how big your heart is more important than the size of your bank account, where you are from, or what you do for a living. A place where every day, some new idea surprises us, where everyone pitches in to make it work. A place that is strong in character virtue and soft on judging the faults of others. A place that is eager to grow, to fill a void, to change lives. A place like no other. A place to call home.

I encourage everyone to learn more about our school and discover how we might engage you in our mission. Our telephone number is 413.637.0755, or use the online inquiry form on this website.

Sincerely,

Jenifer M. Fox
Head of School

P.S. We still have limited openings and financial aid available for select grades Preschool – 9  for the 2019-2020 school year.

About Jenifer

Jenifer Fox is an international best selling author, curriculum designer, and independent school head with more than 35 years as an educator. Published in seven languages, her first book, Your Child’s Strengths won a Nautilus Book Award and A Mom’s Choice Award for breaking new ground in the understanding of child development. Her second book, The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, is a manual for teachers on how to individualize instruction and build on students’ strengths.

Jenifer’s work in developing curriculum and school programs is featured in schools across the country. Her most recent past post was as the Founding Head of The Delta School in Wilson, AR, where she designed, implemented, and led an innovative project-based learning school that includes a Maker’s Space and School farm garden as the central learning labs. She is a widely published author on educational topics and a sought after public speaker. Jenifer comes to the Berkshires with her constant companion Gussie, the wonder border collie.

Ms. Fox is holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Arts degree from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

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