It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your family to the website of the Berkeley Institute. Should you choose BI for your children's education, we will do our best to assist you and your children to settle quickly into our community, and to help your children make the most of this educational opportunity. Your children are the most precious resource within our community and we need to nurture them by providing the very best education possible. We believe that this means offering a vibrant, innovative and rigorous education, aligned with the International Baccalaureate and University of Cambridge Programmes. This curriculum inspires and challenges our students to develop a love of learning, and ensures that they have the knowledge, skills and values to cope with a rapidly changing world. Our mission statement clearly identifies the importance we place on inspiring young minds and challenging young individuals within a caring international environment. As part of our ‘community of learners', your children will experience a warm and welcoming environment, and gain a sense of confidence from the highly skilled and professional staff working here at the school. More
On Monday, October 6, 1879, the Founding Committee consisted of six men. A second meeting was held three days later on October 9. The original six men were joined by five others. These men met to discuss the possibility of creating a school where black students could get a secondary education. By no means would this school only admit black students. It was intended to be the first integrated secondary. These Eleven Founding More
From the Desk of The Principal
September 1, 2017
Dear New Students and Parents, Welcome to the Berkeley Institute! You are about to embark on one of the most important parts of your education journey-attending Senior School. Success in Senior School will empower you to pursue further study in college or university or to become part of Bermuda’s workforce.
The Berkeley Institute has provided excellent educational opportunities for students in the island of Bermuda for 120 years. In this time, our school has built a reputation for excellence, integrity, and perseverance. We are proud of our legacy and we are thrilled that you are becoming a part of the Berkeley family. You are now a Berkeleyite.
As a Berkeleyite, you have great responsibility to yourself and to the Berkeley community. What is expected of you? Read your Student Handbook carefully to learn the answers. This handbook provides detailed information on the school’s academic programme, expectations for your behavior and what you can expect from the school in terms of requirements, rules and regulations. Much of your school success depends on you and the decisions that you make. Deciding to do your homework, to hand in your assignments, to study for tests, to respect your teachers, and to participate in clubs and activities are all good decisions that will place you on a path toward success. Learn to advocate for yourself by reading information, asking questions, and setting goals for your Berkeley years. You are your own best advocate. Start now by learning what is expected, do and be your best, work and study hard, and conduct yourself with integrity and pride.
We expect parents to partner with us as we both work to ensure students’ academic and personal success. Thank you for the confidence that you have expressed in us by selecting The Berkeley Institute as your Senior School of choice. We welcome your cooperation and support of school rules and regulations. We expect and rely on your trust in our decisions and actions as we strive to provide the best possible educational experience for your sons and daughters.
Parents, support our Berkeleyites daily by ensuring their punctual attendance at school in their correct uniform and following up with them in the evening to ensure that all assignments are completed and to simply review the day. Set expectations for goals and overall academic attainment. Have discussions about career goals and opportunities. Set clear expectations for influences naturally compete for our young adults’ attention, knowing what parents expect can support positive development and academic progress. Please read, review and discuss this handbook with your son or daughter.
All members of the Berkeley community are committed to student success and we look forward to working with you!