Beyond the Classroom
In truth, all of Belmont Day is a classroom. Every member of the community learns and grows from the activities and interactions that occur beyond traditional academic areas. Informal and formal in nature, these occurrences shape the development of each lower school student into the confident, capable middle schooler they will become.
Our Strong Community Builds Leaders
Ask any member of the faculty, parent, or student body about why they love Belmont Day and the word community will often be at the top of their list. It is the culture of deep respect, built from the earliest days in the classroom, that makes our school a safe haven for exploration and personal growth. Based on the work of Responsive Classroom, and rooted in our six values, students build relationships that acknowledge each child’s individual strengths and their contributions to the classroom and school community. Belmont Day students are actively engaged in discussions and activities that develop their sense of belonging to the community and their growth as leaders within it.
In each grade, students and faculty conceive of and carry out creative and relevant service projects. Our kindergarten students make joke books for Hospitality Homes, a program that provides free short-term housing for families of patients seeking medical care in Boston, while second graders engage in a year-long service learning project that links work in the Belmont Day garden with fundraising, education, and community action, all to benefit Gaining Ground, an organization the grows organic produce for hunger relief. Throughout the lower school experience, projects are as varied as the causes they support and the children that envision them.
Our service efforts culminate in an all-school Community Service Day in May when each grade takes on projects that are developmentally appropriate, relevant to the group, and allow for collaboration and teamwork. Some of the activities and projects take place on school grounds, while others take our students into the broader community.
Younger students love to look up to older students, who in turn value the experience of nurturing others. We expand each student’s sense of community with cross-graded partnerships that are developed through structured activities, as well as informal high-fives in the hallways. Each grade is paired with another: pre-kindergarten with eighth grade, kindergarten with sixth grade, first with fourth grade, second with fifth grade, and third with seventh grade.
The arts are integral to Belmont Day, embedded in the academic program and valued by the community. In addition to their classroom experience, students are offered the opportunity to participate in musical ensembles, which provide the experience of learning, practicing, and performing in a small group. Guitar, orchestra, wind, and world drumming ensembles meet once a week, either before or after school. Lower school chorus meets once a week after school and middle school chorus meets once a week during the school day.
Health and Wellness
Our health and wellness program starts with our earliest grades and extends all the way through our middle school. Developmentally appropriate conversations within each grade explore family life, personal behavior, interpersonal relationships, and human growth and development, always within a respectful, inclusive environment. Our program empowers self-care, models positive relationships, and promotes responsibility for making good decisions throughout life. A team of male and female school personnel delivers the program, breaking grades into gender-specific groups as appropriate.
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Greening & Sustainability
Belmont Day students have many opportunities to develop themselves as stewards of the environment.