The Bement School provides an education based on time-honored school traditions and values for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, day and boarding.
From the classrooms to the dorms, we live and learn as a family, while encouraging responsibility for our own work and actions.
Our rich, secondary school preparatory curriculum motivates and challenges students with thematically coordinated courses, a celebrated fine arts program, and diverse athletic offerings.
The student/teacher ratio is 6:1 and class size averages 12 students.
A three-week mini-term gives the entire school community an opportunity to study in-depth a common theme. Topics have included Dominican Republic, food, diversity, the environment, medieval times, and the ocean.
The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together.
Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body.
Students and adults at Bement work together to create a climate of acceptance, kindness, and challenge in which the intellectual, creative, physical, and emotional growth of each child is nurtured and realized.
Recent graduates have matriculated at following secondary schools: Deerfield, Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, NMH, Hotchkiss, Williston, Loomis Chaffee, Blair, Suffield, Berkshire, Mercersburg, Milton, Emma WIllard, Holderness, Taft, Westminister, Pomfret, and many other fine schools.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-9
  • Students: 196 students
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Dec. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

The Bement School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

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Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-9
Year Founded
1925
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Day camp is $525 (plus add-ons), ESL program for international students is $10,200 (includes student insurance)
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
196 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
The Bement School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Friday dress is khaki skirt/pants with blue blazer, tie with collared shirt)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / Dec. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Day students: $19,100-$28,600 Boarding students: $66,700
% on Financial Aid
38%
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kimberly C. Loughlin
Admissions Associate
Roselle Garro
Endowment Size
$11.2 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chess, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Band, Concert Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cross Country Skiing, Dance, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding

School Notes

  • Fine arts for every child every day
  • Daily physical education and sport offerings with team athletics starting in grade 5
  • Academic challenge for a range of student learners
  • Small boarding population allows for individual attention
  • Diverse international population
  • World language instruction grades K-9
  • LEAP
Profile last updated: 10/04/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
Since starting at Bement in the 6th grade, I have watched my son blossom into a confident young man who has improved academically and socially. We are so delighted that we chose The Bement School because of the strong academic program, the amazing boarding experience, the athletic program, the music program, and the dedicated staff who have been there to support us from day one. As he moves on to high school, I am rest assured that he has all the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college with what The Bement School has taught him. I highly recommend Bement to families who want their young ones to learn to "fly on their own wings."
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5  
Bement is a great place. The new leadership is doing an excellent job of navigating difficult times. We feel fortunate that the kids have been in-person all year even during a pandemic when most schools have been shut down. Challenging work and a well-rounded education.
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5  
Despite all the challenges of this past year, Bement kept an even keel and maintained a balance of safe in-person academics, arts and athletics. This exceptional accomplishment represents community teamwork from administration, faculty, staff and families. Now more than ever, we are appreciative of Bement education!
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5  
I am grateful for the way Bement has sought to make things as normal as possible during very difficult times. It has been a boon for my particular child to be able to BE at school and to be seen, heard, to play, to vibe off the other students and teachers, and to be held aloft by friends of all ages who come together with common goals, with inspiring actions, glued into place with love, respect, fun, passion and dedication, even in these times of great uncertainty. The Bement School truly does help our kids learn to fly on their own wings. I cannot stress enough that in a quest to find a school aligned with higher values and higher learning, where the physical and emotional is an essential component of education, Bement is 32 flavors, and then some. My own child has been finding his way, sometimes needing the light held by others, to see his own way forward. You can count on Bement to shine the light for your child, so that your child can shine their own light for others on the path forward. My heart is full and happy when I see that my son is learning and doing and becoming in a place where he truly matters, and he KNOWS it.
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5  
Our family LOVES this school! From the daily fine arts and P.E. classes to the small class sizes and constant communication from my children's teachers, Bement is all about community building. Our children have attended Bement since kindergarten, and we have been impressed by how the school has supported and encouraged their very different interests over the years. This school values integrity and respect for others, and the faculty model these traits daily.
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5  
We spent two years researched and visited three top schools for our daughter prior to her start with Bement. We chose Bement because we loved the all-around and balanced approaches, family feel community and great teachers. Three years with Bement now, our daughter still cant wait to go to school every day :-). We love Bement teaches our daughter "Fly on your own wings"!
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5  
We initially became interested in The Bement School for its teaching of foreign languages in the Lower School. Yet, after our five years here, have watched our son mature in confidence, depth of character, and excitement to learn & attend school from the cello to Algebra! We credit Bement — its incredibly dedicated teachers, staff & community for teaching to the whole child and fostering a true sense of belonging in our complicated world.
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5  
Bement was a great school in 1964 when I had been a day student for eight years. It's better now. A wonderful place to be a kid.
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5  
My two sons love this school. Recess at least 2 times a day, PE & arts every day, wonderful teachers!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-9
  • Students: 196 students
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Dec. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Massachusetts is $19,961 for elementary schools and $34,461 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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