I’m just starting my school search and I’m learning about different educational philosophies. What’s yours?
We offer the ideal combination of academic rigor and individual nurture to fuel a love of learning and inspire students to challenge themselves. Our curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary, project-based learning, inviting students to dive deeply into a topic and explore it from every angle. Because our mission is to develop self-motivated, lifelong learners, we also help children understand the process of learning. Our faculty instill a growth mindset by asking how and why questions as students work through problems or test hypotheses. In their quest for knowledge and understanding, Belmont Day students are encouraged to be critical thinkers, creative, collaborative, and good problem solvers.
What kind of child succeeds at Belmont Day School?
A child with strong cognitive skills, a love of learning, a deep curiosity, and thoughtfulness towards others will flourish at Belmont Day. We form partnerships with parents to nurture the intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, and athletic qualities in all students.
Why choose a school that ends in grade 8?
Thinking about the whole child also means understanding the developmental phases of growing up. Having a pre-k to grade 8 school model allows us to have three divisions that provide natural arcs in the journey of childhood. Our early childhood division comprises grades PreK-2. Our Upper Elementary division hosts Grades 3-5. Our Middle School is grades 6-8. Each division has its own arc for learning and growth, and this model as a whole supports a successful transition from childhood to adolescence. At each level, students have a strong sense of constantly growing, with authentic leadership opportunities and greater community responsibility. Middle school students take pride in being role models for younger students and build confidence as school leaders. We prepare students for the challenging decisions and choices they will be making in high school in a safe environment that values their contributions and limits the distractions that can come with older counterparts. Giving them this voice greatly enhances the high school search process, as students are more likely to be invested in their own high school success when they are a partner in the next school decision.
Is your school socially and economically diverse?
Belmont Day strives to build and welcome a diverse community. Our students represent 25 different towns, speak different languages at home, and go home to two-parent, single-parent, same-sex, abled and disabled, interracial, international, intergenerational, racially, and ethnically diverse families. Forty percent of our students identify as students of color. Each year about 22% of families receive a need-based financial aid award, ranging from 10% to 99% of overall tuition. We value diversity and are committed to curriculum, parent and faculty education, ongoing dialogue, and affinity discussion groups that leverage the lessons of a diverse community of learners.
I have access to a strong public school. Why should I consider Belmont Day?
Our dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and administrators are committed to truly knowing your child and supporting his or her growth throughout their time at Belmont Day. These productive mentor relationships inspire students to set their sights high and cultivate their greatest potential. Our small student-to-teacher ratio and our innovative curriculum emphasize choice, challenge, and creativity. Belmont Day students are given choice daily to ensure that they are active participants in their own education. Free from the limitations of state testing, such as MCAS, our curriculum pulls from the best practices in each discipline and is built to challenge learners at every level. Inside and outside the classroom, Belmont Day students have a myriad of opportunities to understand themselves as learners and develop as community leaders. Our graduates leave Belmont Day with a strong sense of self-identity and a collection of passions that helps them choose the most impactful future experiences.
What athletic and arts programs do you offer for middle school students?
Our middle school students are deeply immersed in athletics and arts, with time for both being built in to each school day. In grades 6 to 8 students have an hour-long athletics block four days a week, in addition to interscholastic competition. Students choose from a variety of sports, with seasoned athletes challenged by our successful varsity teams, while emerging athletes are developed through intramural and junior varsity play. Grade 6 students enjoy a broad foundation in music, woodworking, digital technology, visual art, and theater arts, while seventh and eighth grade students choose from a vast menu of unique electives each trimester. Throughout the year students experience opportunities to perform in concerts, plays, and other settings.
Do you accept late applications?
Our application deadline for priority round consideration is January 10. For those that come later to the process, our second round deadline of March 1 helps to alleviate some of the pressure. Following March 1, we cannot guarantee that we will have openings for the grade level you need, but we encourage you to call our office to inquire about availability. If and when we anticipate an appropriate opening, we are happy to consider a family’s late application.
When is my child eligible to enter your pre-kindergarten program? What are your guidelines for kindergarten entry?
We require applicants to pre-kindergarten to turn four prior to September 1 of the year they wish to start at Belmont Day and for kindergarten applicants to turn five. In addition to screening for this chronological age requirement, we also focus on carefully assessing a child’s developmental readiness for our unique program. The parent visit is a great opportunity to ask questions about child readiness and placement in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten admission process.
I applied and my child was wait-listed or denied admission. Can I reapply next year?
We do accept reapplications and we will provide limited feedback to families prior to their submission of a new application. Admissions decisions are always complex because we not only seek to assess a candidate and family’s fit with our school philosophy and program but we also seek to balance out and complement our existing classes of students. Just because a student receives a waitlist or deny letter one year does not necessarily mean they will encounter the same result the following year.
The online parent portal allows you to submit forms, book tours and interviews, and track the complete application process.