Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BART), located in Adams, Mass., is a tuition-free, college-preparatory public school serving 6th through 12th grade students in Berkshire County. Students may enter in 6th through 10th grade, no new students are accepted in the 11th or 12th grade year.
BART primarily serves students in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, North Adams, Pittsfield, Savoy and Williamstown. Students from other towns may enroll if space is available.
|Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School|
|Director||James C. White II, Ph.D.|
|Number of students||203 Middle School|
151 High School
Total: 354 ¹
|Athletics||Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Ultimate|
Students have a 10-month school year beginning at the end of August and running through the end of June. The school calendar generally follows that of the local school district in terms of vacations. Students are generally released early one day every month to provide teachers with time for professional development. The school day runs from 8:00 to 3:35, with afterschool programming until 5:40.
BART students take courses in the following disciplines:
Additionally, students at BART have Community Meeting (a weekly grade-level meeting of students and their advisors often headed by an administrator), Advisory, Independent Reading Time (IRT), and Individual Learning Time (ILT). Qualifying students are able to take an enrichment course (either drama, music, or art) instead of ILT.
BART has a cross country running team, girls and boys soccer and basketball teams, and a co-ed Ultimate team. The cross country team is open to students in the 6th through 12th grade, all other teams are available to students in the 8th grade and above. BART is a member of the River Valley Athletic League (RVAL), which comprises independent and charter schools in the greater Pioneer Valley region. Students must have passing grades (70% or higher) in all classes in order to participate in school athletics to promote the idea of the scholar-athlete.
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