Core Values

Honor - Prestige - Excellence

Berkeley Academy’s core values of honor, prestige and excellence is a reflection of our founder’s past experiences in the United States Marine Corps. Having served honorably for his country during Operation Enduring Freedom, in the Middle East and in Central/South America (1998-2002), Peter J. Swing harnessed his U.S. Marine Corps training and implemented it into the very foundations of Berkeley Academy. “There is a strong correlation between high academic achievement and discipline,” Mr. Swing is often quoted saying. Maintaining integrity, respect, and discipline is what separates a Berkeley Academy student from others.

Berkeley Academy leadership ensures that all students are upholding these traditional values both inside and outside the classroom on a daily basis. Without these core values, the essence of Berkeley Academy’s mission and vision to positively impact and change the world is compromised.

Our definition, as defined by our founders, of honor, prestige, and excellence are:

Honor is honesty, justice, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions.

Prestige is the level of respect, positive reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes.

Excellence is the state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority in scholarship, service and character.

In today’s world, it is difficult to find young students who are conscientious, respectful, polite, and trained in proper social etiquette. It is part of Berkeley Academy’s curriculum to instill these values into each and every student. We know that these important characteristics open doors to opportunities that would otherwise be closed.


Berkeley Academy Costa Rica, in accordance with applicable Costa Rican law and Academy policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Berkeley Academy also prohibits sexual harassment.