History of the School
At its founding in 1927, Belmont Day School served students in pre-kindergarten to grade six within the walls of the parish house of All Saints Episcopal Church in Belmont Center. When the school outgrew its original location in 1933, it bought the stone house at its current location. Since that time the building has expanded numerous times, but the original stone house still serves as the core and main entrance to the school.
In 2002 the school expanded in both program and space to include a middle school program for grades seven and eight. Since then the school has evolved as traditions that worked well for a school that ended in grade six adjusted for a school with grades seven and eight. Spaces like the gymnasium, science and ID8 labs, and the Palandjian Arts Center have enhanced our program, while old spaces like Coolidge Hall have evolved from their original purposes. In 2011 the board developed a thoughtful master plan for the short- and long-term future of the school that resulted in the decision in 2016 to add a new academic, arts, innovation, and athletics building to campus. This new building—the Barn—is expected to be completed in fall 2018. The Barn will allow Belmont Day to modestly increase enrollment in the middle school over 5 years.
What has not changed is the way the school continues to look for ways to serve its students in the best way possible. The school’s Statement of Purpose still guides considered changes. The same six values—honesty, caring, joy, responsibility, respect, and excellence—that have guided the school community for years continue to play a prominent role.
The school is governed by a 27-member Board of Trustees consisting of elected parents, alumni, faculty, community members, and the head of school. It is entrusted with maintaining the long-term health and welfare of the school.
Statement of Purpose
Belmont Day School was founded in 1927 by a group of parents committed to providing children with a strong academic foundation and many opportunities for creative expression. Today, as then, the school's program guides and challenges the intellectual, social, emotional, moral, artistic, and physical growth of each child. Belmont Day School strives to be a diverse community dedicated to academic excellence and intellectual discipline where students feel secure, experience the joys of learning, and know their accomplishments are valued.
At Belmont Day School we view education as a process by which children become self-motivated life-long learners who take responsibility for themselves, each other, and the world around them. The curriculum is dynamic and rigorous and reflects an understanding of the many ways children develop and learn. In every grade, new concepts are introduced, reinforced, and mastered through a range of concrete experiences and opportunities that develop abstract reasoning. Teachers guide and instruct students individually and in small groups while providing time for students to learn from one another. The faculty pursues ongoing professional development and regularly evaluates curriculum in light of the best in educational theory and practice.
The school and all its members commit to and practice six core values: respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, joy, and excellence. Faculty, students, parents, and administrators integrate these values into curricular choices, working relationships, community service, and all other aspects of school life. It is this vision of education that guides the school now and has characterized the school since its founding.
At Our Core
As referenced in the Statement of Purpose, Belmont Day's six core values—respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, joy, and excellence—are integral to academic quality, creativity, fitness, and health. Even the youngest children quickly become aware of the school’s values and expectations. And soon enough, they begin to cherish and promote these ideals. Spend some time at Belmont Day School, and you will witness our six core values, alive and active, informing everything we do.