School Life

Hoover Writing Center

Serving Berkeley students and the larger community since 1994, the Betty-Bruce Hoover Center for Writing has been a national leader in offering peer-to-peer writing tutorials and community outreach programs. Always looking ahead and asking ourselves, “What does a 21st-century writer need?” Berkeley tutors create opportunities and lead programs such as our partnerships with Academy Prep; Berkeley Academy; and Berkeley Lower and Middle Division students. (Other current community partners include the Town and Country library and RCMA.) To provide the best resources to the most students, Berkeley tutors also develop and maintain a dynamic and responsive online writing lab.

Highlights

  • Organizing and running student activities such as Eat and Speak (periodic lunchtime events featuring student writers and musicians); writing contests; and in-house, lunchtime writing workshops
  • Students and faculty often presenting at national conferences
  • Maintaining and running the online writing website for students unable to visit the writing center during the day
  • Encouraging students to publish their writing and research through national contests
All of these endeavors are guided by faculty but run by the students. We offer leadership opportunities to all of our 80 tutors. Each year, our student tutors log over 700 tutorial sessions.
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent Episcopal day school for boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Combining academic excellence with a spirit of social responsibility, Berkeley develops well-rounded individuals seeking to make a positive difference in the world.