Berkeley Hall has been promoting a growth mindset for over a century. What does that mean? It means that every opportunity is taken at Berkeley Hall to teach students that their ability to learn is not a static nor a fixed thing. That learning can change and improve with persistent effort over time. Therefore, failure is temporary and is something that can be learned from – and is not a permanent condition that defines a student, but rather an opportunity for that student to expend more effort and to advocate for him or herself to learn something new.
We have a rigorous academic program, so students are challenged at Berkeley Hall, but they are also made to feel comfortable enough to take intellectual risks and are taught to persist in the face of challenge [not to give up and say, “oh, I guess I’m not a math person.” We always interject the word “yet.” – A child says, “I’m not good at fractions.” We say, “yet!”]. Developing a growth mindset – along with a helping of good old-fashioned grit – is a cornerstone of a Berkeley Hall education.