One of our primary goals is to make sure that each applicant and family comes to know Bement well during the admission process. Seeing the campus, meeting with members of our community, and having our individual interviews with you often accomplish this, but the events listed in this section may be beneficial to you as well. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you become familiar with Bement.
For information and reservations please call our office, 413-774-4209. RSVP is required for all events. We hope to see you there!
Each student applying for a place in kindergarten must attend a screening as part of the application process. Each screening session takes place over two days. On the first day parents accompany their children to the kindergarten classroom at 3:45 p.m. When your child is settled we ask that the parents adjourn with Julia Flannery, Shelley Jackson, and Kimberly Loughlin to a nearby classroom. This afternoon session (about 45 minutes) allows the children to get comfortable with each other, the teachers, and the space before participating the next day without you nearby. The next morning the children return eager to reconnect with new friends. The second day's session begins with an 8:30 a.m. drop-off at the admission office and ends with a 10:00 a.m. pick-up also at the admission office. The child’s application, school records, and a teacher evaluation must be submitted to the admission office prior to the screening.
The screening dates for kindergarten applications for fall 2014 are:
To register for any of the above events, please call 413-774-4209. Be sure to indicate how many people will attend and the name, current school, and grade of the admission candidate(s). Thank you!
We welcome families to come to other community events such as the Fall Bazaar, Spring Fling, and other events. If you see an event listed on our web site in the Lower School or Upper School Look Ahead, call to inquire about attendance.
Kindergarten Open House (KOH)
For prospective parents* interested in kindergarten. KOH days include a campus tour, observation of a kindergarten class, and a question and answer session with our Head of School, Lower School Head, Director of Admission, and current kindergarten teachers.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
January 9, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Admission Office, Barton House
*We will have the opportunity to meet prospective kindergarten students at a later date, during the screenings.
and Upper School Open House
Prospective parents* of applicants interested in applying to grade 1-9 are welcome to come and learn more about Bement through a campus tour, classroom observation, and panel discussion with current teachers and administrators.
Monday, November 11, 2013
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The Admission Office, Barton House
*We will have the opportunity to meet prospective students at a later date, during their class visit and interview.
Independent School Fair
Bement is pleased to host the Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Kittredge Building. Schools participating represent pre-school through grade 12 and post graduate. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office at Bement at 413-774-7061 if you have any questions.
Below are the names of the schools participating in the 2013 school fair; additional schools may be added to the list as the fair date approaches.
The Academy at Charlemont
Academy Hill School
Amherst Montessori School
The Bement School
Eagle Hill School
Four Winds School
Greenfield Center School
Hilltop Montessori School
The MacDuffie School
Miss Hall’s School
The Montessori School of Northampton
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Oak Meadow Curriculum and School
The Putney School
Smith College Campus School
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
The Williston Northampton School