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Berkshire Country Day School is a private middle school. The principal of Berkshire Country Day School is Paul Lindenmaier, whose e-mail is plindenmaier@berkshirecountryday.org. 150 students go to Berkshire Country Day School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Berkshire Country Day School is 9:1. The Montessori School of the Berkshires is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 87%
Black, non-Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Berkhshire Country Day School is probably the best school for academics in the immediate area. It has a nice campus and committed parents and a dedicated though recently diminshed faculty. Where BCD has always been weak is on the emotional/personal/spiritual development side. After 3rd grade it s a pretty heartless dog eat dog place. There are no core values beyond providing a good academic curriculum. Over time the school has fallwen more and more behind the times in terms of creating a positive social enviorment and it s reputation and therefore it s enrollment have suffered. Various attempts to solve this well known problem have all ended up as window dressing and inflated marketing schemes. A recent faculty lay off scandal had disastrous consequences for the school. But with new leadership on the Board of Trustees this year and a new Administrative Team next year there is hope that the school will turn itself around as it has several times in the last 30 years. Worth a tour or open bhouse visit.

  • (1 year ago)

    BCD is a good school with a small group of truly excellent and outstanding senior teachers who make it a truly special place. Like many similar small liberal arts private schools BCD is struggling in hard times. But it is not the economy stupid. The problems at BCD stem from simple human failings that can be fixed for free. Here s why things are so bad at BCD in recent years. 1. Failure to get frequent and regular and really honest feedback (no more fishing for compliments NAIS survey!) from all members of the community including teachers students staff alums and parents. 2. Failure to follow up on feedback. 3. Failure to be honest about problems. 4. Failure to really follow through on solutions. BCD needs to reach out to the many loyal friends teachers students and parents it has alienated over a period of defensive dishonesty and rebuild the community based on honest communication. This is the only way to save a school with a proud history that is very much worth saving.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is having a fabulous experience in kindergarten. He loves going to school every day and is learning so much. He comes home regularly to tell me one of the "awesome" things he did from going on a walk in the woods during science class to learning a new French song or creating something beautiful in art. He loves it. I do too.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is receiving an incredible education! The breadth of programs offered in academics and the arts is first-rate as are the teachers and administrators. Children can't wait to arrive every day at this school serving students in preschool through grade 9. The after school athletic and theater offerings are fabulous. The community is diverse and supportive and a culture of respect permeates the campus. There is a clear and compelling vision for the future created recently through process that included parents teachers and administrators. Students are challenged and leave with a strong sense of who they are and prepared to succeed. Many go on to attend excellent independent schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    BCD offers an adequate education in the lower grades but grades 6 through 9 are weak. We are particularly disappointed by the (low) quality of instruction in french uneven/inconsistent math teaching and by the sports program which is poor to the point of embarrassment. Given the beautiful location there is very little curricular emphasis on the surrounding woodland lake and foothill ecology which seems strange. Overall while there are some excellent individual teachers the school seems to have settled into a smug (and fairly expensive) mediocrity.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. Beautiful campus wondeful location best teachers around many 8th and 9th grade graduates go off to prestigious prep schools afterward. They are well prepared for the upcoming work load. There are minimul problems. One being that the financial situation at BCD isn't exactly awesome. They have not much endowment but that aside they still have decent facilities. Another downside is that their sports programs are dismal. Each team has jerseys that are at least 15 years old and saying their student body is unathletic is an understatement. I really wish that BCD commited more to sports because it is very important for young kids to participate more in team sports. All in all BCD is great academically but don't go there expecting good sports.

  • (5 years ago)

    An amazing school. As my daughter applies to colleges this year I am acutely aware of the role BCD has played in her education and growth. The organizational skills she learned in 6th grade the phenomenal Latin dept. math dept. . . all of it have so well prepared her. Language immersion in France in 9th grade China in 10th have all created a well rounded academically prepared young adult. I cannot recommend this school and their fabulous faculty highly enough.

  • (6 years ago)

    BCD is a small independent day school on a beautiful 27 acre campus nestled in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The teachers are passionate what they teach as well as the happiness of their students. In turn the students are unafraid to take risks in the classroom ask questions and be confident about their place in the BCD community as well as the world around them. Once students graduate from 9th grade they are prepared not only academically but as global citizens attending both independent and public school settings and then moving on to wonderful colleges around the United States. It is a special place that is truly a gem of the Berkshires.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wow what's not to love about this academically-oriented -- but not so academic as to be intimidating -- school for kids PRE-9? French Latin Music History Math and Science -- and it's all connected around something they call interdisciplinary learning so students study themes like Egypt or WWII or whales across subjects. The campus is one of the prettiest places in the Berkshires. The sports programs are great especially because they have found a way to make all kids feel included in sports. The parent community is very actively involved and contrary to what one might think this is not a school for rich kids. Most people are working very hard and sacraficing a great deal to be able to send their kids to BCD. It's worth every penny.

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