Letter from our Head of School

Letter from our Head of School2018-08-14T10:20:59+00:00

Letter from our Head of School

Welcome to Berkshire Country Day School. I am honored to be serving this year as Interim Head of School, joining with outstanding teachers and dedicated trustees at this happy and hardworking place. My colleagues and I invite you to explore this extraordinary learning community.

Berkshire Country Day School proudly describes itself as intentional, independent, and inspired. Its philosophy, curriculum, and classroom facilities are all designed to engage every child in a program that combines playful exploration with vigorous and creative challenge. The School’s small scale fosters close connections and a culture of mutual respect.

The twenty-seven-acre campus provides opportunities to incorporate outdoor experience in every aspect of education: on trails and fields, along the streams and pond, and in the gardens and lawns that border and connect the buildings.

Indoors spaces are ideal in many ways as well, with studio, laboratory, and workshop areas to complement classrooms. The Kim & James Taylor Music/ Performance Room, the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons, the Hosokawa Distance Learning Lab are just the newest of a range of facilities designed specifically for early childhood, elementary, and middle school students.

BCD’s broad age range, from two-year-olds through Ninth Grade, promotes positive cross-age connections, while small class sizes allow for individual growth and spirited participation. I hope that you will want to visit to see our school in action for yourself.  Our telephone number is 413.637.0755, or use the online inquiry form on this website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Mark W. Segar, Ed.D.
Interim Head of School

P.S. There is still financial aid available for select grades Preschool – 9 for the 2018-2019 school year.

About Mark

A.B., English: Harvard College
B.A., Educational Policy Studies/Early Childhood: University of Massachusetts
Graduate study: Wheelock College Graduate School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Boston Children’s Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center, Boston University Law School ( education, developmental psychology, family sociology and law)

Interim Head of School Dr. Segar is a seasoned and successful administrator, with more than 30 years of experience as a head of school and interim posts. Mark believes that questions are the essential components of learning that schools need to be filled with opportunities for children to make, do and discover things for themselves. He believes that every child’s education should include a deep cushion of metaphor, soft, strong and sustaining. Schooling should incorporate both playful exploration and rigorous inquiry, and cultivate both individual skill and collaborative capacity. Mark’s previous positions have included Head of School at Waynflete School in Portland, ME, Director of the Common School in Amherst, MA, and Interim Head appointments at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Learning Prep School, and Falmouth Academy. He is joined in the Berkshires by his wife, Susan Metters, a retired school counselor.

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