The Berkeley Institute
//The Berkeley Institute is situated on the corner of St. John's and Berkeley Roads in Pembroke West, Bermuda. The school was founded in 1897, and moved from the Samaritan's Hall on Court Street to its present site in 1902. The Berkeley Institute is coeducational with a student population of approximately five hundred. The school has many excellent facilities that include five modern science laboratories, a well-equipped family studies department, a spacious art room, an inviting library, and a lecture theatre. There are also extensive facilities for the teaching of commercial subjects, design and technology, physical education, and the performing arts. This is supported by a comprehensive informational technology system. All attending students and teachers are assigned laptops; and the entire facility is networked - facilitating an intranet, and free access to the World Wide Web.
The Berkeley Institute was founded to ensure a "better education" for the people of Bermuda. In the minds of our founding fathers, a "better education" implied a pursuit of a classical curriculum as preparation for college and professional training. As such, the school was a selective academic institution. We continue to prepare our students for college and the professions; however, the school is no longer selective.
In keeping with the recent restructuring of Bermuda's educational system, and current technological and sociological demands, the academic curriculum has broadened to include the new comprehensive population. Additionally, the schools traditional racial homogeneity has begun to take on a more diverse and multi-ethnic appearance.
In addition to providing a firm academic training for its student population, the school actively seeks to develop the whole person personally, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It is our intention that our school leavers will be thoughtful human beings mindful of their obligations to their proud heritage, and of their responsibilities to each other and our society. Within our school environment, we assist students in becoming self-disciplined young people by providing them with opportunities to accept responsibility and by inculcating a respect for self, others and property.
Quintessentially, the Berkeley Institute has established a firm reputation for instilling a burning desire for excellence in our students: