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Belmont Day School

Private | PK-8 | 270 students

Our school values are honesty, caring, joy, responsibility, respect & excellence

 
 

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Posted June 27, 2014

Wonderful school. Very strong academically, while being supportive and community oriented. My daughter loves going to school, loves learning and is challenged. She is very smart, curious, and social. The teachers and staff continue to surprise me with the lengths they go to for student development. We are so happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Belmont Day School provides an incredibly thoughtful, dynamic, and rich approach to the education of our children. All students, in all grades, learn public speaking skills in class, in school assemblies, and for special presentations. All students learn leadership skills with the expectation of providing and receiving regular feedback to/from both classmates and teachers. All students learn communication skills and how to be good citizens of the school and larger community. They are provided with a safe environment and a way to learn the necessary soft skills to communicate and lead effectively. We appreciate the strong curriculum, the resources, the ability to serve different types of students, the athletic program, and a small student to teacher ratio. Lastly, we are impressed with the strong communication and interaction among faculty, students, administration, and parents, resulting in better decisions and quicker resolution of problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

I have two children that have been students at the Belmont Day School and, while my children are very different from each other, they have both benefited greatly from the Belmont Day School. In addition to learning the basics reading, writing & arithmetic (which are taught very well) they have learned how to work in groups, how to conduct original research, how to analyze and think critically about information, and how to communicate effectively. My children have studied The Odyssey, Supreme Court decisions on civil rights, the 12-bar blues as a form of poetry, and genetics--the thoughtful teachers deliver a compelling curriculum. On top of its very strong academics, the school offers enriched athletics and arts programs. All of this wonderful learning is wrapped up in a bigger lesson about how to be a good member of a community. I think that it might be because of this strong focus on community that such a disproportionately large number of the Belmont Day School graduates, including my graduate, go on to take leadership roles in their high school governments and high school clubs and the Belmont Day School graduates are at all of the best high schools in New England.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

Wonderful school. Broad and interesting curriculum, great teachers and staff, wonderful students, engaged community that seeks to include all. Have been especially impressed by how tuned in they are to the learning needs of all of their students, in particular boys (for instance allowing them to use alternative seating). The school doesn't just pay lip service to the school's core values - they are discussed and woven into every fabric of the school. The students are bright, warm hearted, joyful and fully invested in their school. The school works with parents to meet the needs of their child, and the school is open to feedback. Unlike some other schools they don't just assume that they know what is best for your child. My kids are excited to go to school every day. Wish I could have gone to a school like BDS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

Do not (Repeat: DO. NOT.) send an unconventional child to this school. There. I just saved your whole family years of agony.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

My son is a HS student after spending his elementary years at BDS. He greatly enjoyed his years at BDS but he now seems astonished that he actually has to work hard for his grades and he sometimes resents putting in the needed effort (he's a B+ student). He agrees that his attitude was instilled by the "every child is wonderful and special" regardless of the quality of their work outlook at BDS. Instilling good self-esteem is important but so is instilling a strong work ethic and a rigorous curriculum--these latter 2 weren't done effectively at BDS. So be warned. It is a very good school in many ways but they don't ask enough of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

The academics here are not that strong. It is an ok school. If you child is a high achiever or an honors student, they will not be challenged. I don't think they value those who think out of the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

Thankfully, my family cannot relate to the review just below, which I'm guessing was written by the parent of a younger child. BDS inspires near-reverence among the parent body because of its extraordinarily thoughtful and rigorous curriculum, caring teachers, bright kids, channeling of kids' creative energy, and welcoming community. BDS kids routinely get into the best secondary schools, and are impressively well-spoken, confident, kind, mindful of their responsibilities to the community and larger world, and superbly educated without ever having been pushed to be anything other than kids. It is too orderly and structured to feel like an earthy-crunchy, peacenik school, and too accepting and encouraging of individuality and creativity to feel like a prep. school. It's something in between the two (think uniformed sports teams on manicured playing fields AND self-assembled rock bands). Sui generis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

I would say OK, but not great and for the $$ we were hoping to be closer to great. For the $$ paid I'd like to not be greeted by a teacher with a mouthfull of cereal at 8:30am in the morning, to not have unrelated videos shown during class time, and to have some mind of benchmarks. Overall we've found the school to be middle of the road academically (and we are not alone in that feeling). On the positive side, the atmosphere is warm and nurturing. The parent body is nice with not too much "attitude" which can be found at these schools. The head is retiring so we will see what comes next.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2010

As a student in the middle school, I would definetly rate BDS as an EXCELLENT. THe teachers there have encouraged me to go farther then just finding the right answer and memorizing facts, but to challenge myself and be creative. The campus is beautiful and the upper-school and athletic facilities have been recently re-modeled. I would recommend BDS to anyone who is: ibright, active, and ready to have fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

This school is top class. The teaching staff and heads are superb, creating a beautiful balance between hands on and rigourous academics, nurturing the children while teaching them to be independent. the middle school years are fantastic with a strong social skills weekly program, teaching budding teens to naviguate the treacherous world of their emotions and relations with others. Athletics are excellent and accept both athletic and less athletically inclined children. Emphasis is put on the whole child as all types of intelligences are welcome. Musical and artistic talents thrive here, as do children geared towards science, math, language arts or social studies. A lovely lovely unique school. Campus is gorgeous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

My child loves, loves, loves this school. She is very bright with a high energy level. Lots of other bright, active kids attend. The teachers do a good job of focusing the children's abundant energy rather than stifling it. A great school for smart, active kids. Graduates of the school are prepared to take on the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

A small, supportive and intimate school. Focus is on character building and academics. Music, art and technology options all first class and enriched by accomplished teachers who love what they do. Dedicated leadership with strong influence over all aspects of daily life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

School teaches consideration and respect as well as strong academic work. My young children are learning not only to write letters but also how to construct a meangnful written argument. They are learning how to do fractions thru cooking. Children learn reading and math in small (6-8 kids per teacher) groups geared toward their abilities. Each child becomes comfortable expressing him / herself to adults and to large groups such as the weekly all-school assembly. Indicators of quality are that a high percentage of graduates go to top high schools, and the amount of demand for each incoming student slot is growing. I have been delighted with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

strong and challenging academic programs. High number of graduates go to top private high schools. Parent involvement strong.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 67%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Music room
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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
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  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (617) 489-1942

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Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Options change
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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55 Day School Lane
Belmont, MA 02478
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Phone: (617) 484-3078

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