Belmont Hill School located in Belmont MA. I grew up in Belmont and a friend of mine, son went to this school. I heard that bad things happen at this school and the administration simply ignores it.
Belmont Hill is a breeding ground for bad behavior. Doesn't have the same level of academic rigor as it did years ago. Focus is on athletics. No diversity and no real appreciation for the arts. Have heard the phrase, "snitches get stitches" at Belmont Hill. Administration is arrogant and focuses on wealthy donors/families. Boys who are not one of "the chosen ones" at Belmont Hill are left behind. They are lucky if Admin knows their name(s.) Prior post was correct in their assertion that legacy and and athletic recruits account for a lot of their college matriculation. Also, the previous post stating that Belmont Hill is living on its old reputation is right on.
Love this school, not only because of its acedmic rigor but also because of its sense of community. The friends you make at BH will be your friends for life. They are hard working, studious, and humble young men. Alot of people outside of the hill believe this school is only for athletes, this is not true. However, they do value and encourage a well rounded student. If you hobbies include arts and drama, that's great, there are many notable alum who have moved into the "arts" world, as well as many current students who's central focus is music, arts, or even other extracurricular clubs like robotics. In the middle school, you are required to play three sports but I think this keeps the students focused, and outgoing because they may have to try a new sport. BH makes sure that the number priority is acedmics. The teachers are very amiable, and truly understand if one needs help. Talk to any BH kids and they will tell you their own experiences.
This school is living on its reputation. It no longer has the high academic standards, rigor, or qualities of the 70s/80s. It is sitting on its laurels. It cannot compete on a cutting-edge level. It focuses only on its athletes, shows little diversity, not interested in the arts, and virtually has no extracurricular activities - even though the school claims it does. They are open time periods for extracurriculars with nothing going on. BH cannot compare with Middlesex, Nobles, Phillip Andover, St. Paul's, Groton, and those horses with whom BH used to run. And the most glaring part of it is -- BH does not even try anymore. The administration and staff's arrogance blinds them to the fact that they are a has been. And they are indifferent to change. I do hope universities and colleges that are thinking of admitting BH kids take note of this. Although BH may get a good percentage of their students into great colleges, those kids are getting in there by legacy. There have been big scandals at BH lately of bullying and worse whereas a number of kids have departed, on their own or by expulsion. There is a bad, bad culture being bred at BH. Don't be fooled.
A Student. Belmont Hill is great for a very specific type of student. If you don't fit their mold you might be better off somewhere else. The curriculum is very rigid and limited. Every student takes a nearly identical schedule. The only differences being regular vs AP and which language you chose. Make sure you check out the courses offered so you dont miss out on something you really wanted to study. Not many electives, the arts are alright but not great. Sports are a huge focus there. Pretty much everything at the school revolves around athletics, not much value is placed in the arts. That being said the teachers are excellent all round with very few exceptions. They are very motivated and passionate. Students are alright, very intelligent, but very preppy and arrogant. Almost everyone comes from wealthy families. The lack of girls is another annoyance. A good school if you fit their mold, but otherwise unfufilling. Could use some more diversity. The arts are subpar compared to other highschools both private and public.
Not the same school it was years ago. Doesn't hold the same standards of character, honesty and integrity.
I graduated from the Hill in 1973. All I can say is that it made a huge difference in my life and I am deeply indebted to my parents for having had the wisdom to send me there. Prior to going there I was a barely average student in the local public school system. After, I graduated with honors from an Ivy League school and have worked more than 30 years with two of the biggest of the big corporations in the country. I have a great life and own a lot of it to having been fortunate enough to attend Belmont Hill School.
My son attended Belmont Hill in the 1990's and had a wonderful experience. A great school, great teachers, and a great headmaster. plus there is such a warm atmosphere that you can feel when you come there to attend games, etc.
I am currently a seventh grader in Belmont Hill school. Great School. Funny, Smart, and overall awesome teachers with the best student community ever mixed with a very pretty campus and fantastic sports teams makes me love this school
Belmont HIll is the most amazing place for boys. The culture of the school challenges them and yet givem them the support to succeed. Along with academics, the musicn and arts are celebrated and boys feel proud to take part int hese activities . The character of the boys is of upmost importance, and ethics and issues are always discussed. It is a wonderful place for boys to rach their full potential with out the distractions of girls. The teachers are all motivated and accomplished in their fields. THey are also their coaches and mentors. It is a rigorous place but much support to ensure success.
This is an awesome school better than RL. Last year about 20 student out of the 80 went to ivies and others to Stanford,MIT, and other amazing colleges
Greatest School in the Boston Area. Challenging academics. Engaging teachers. Athletic Excellence. Superior Arts . Challenges boys to live with sound moral values
Few schools can match what BHS offers: one of the strongest academic curriculums in the independent school world with an athletic program that wins at everything it does, along with exceptionally talented arts programs, all taught by truly outstanding teachers who thrive on seeing the students learn. An institution that values discipline and tradition yet encourages students to step outside the box while carefully nurturing the mental, physical, and moral growth of each and every boy. The physical plant, parent and trustee involvement, and interplay of teachers with parents are all absolutely first rate. My son was there from grade 7-12, and I consider it the finest school he could have ever attended. It was perfect for us.
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