Admissions: Admissions Events

On Campus Events

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!



Kindergarten Screening

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 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 2016 are:

Wednesday, 2/10 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 2/11 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 2/16 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 2/17 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 4/5 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 4/6 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Story Hour For Preschoolers


Stay tuned for more information on upcoming story hours for families and caregivers with children ages five and under. These fun mornings have included a story hour in the Bement library, a craft activity, light refreshments, and a performance of our featured story by Bement kindergarten or first grade students! Past performances have included The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, and Coyote A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest.

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  Lower School Head, Director of Admission, and current kindergarten teacher.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thursday, January 7, 2016 *postponed*

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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.


Bement is pleased to host the Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair on
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 5-7 pm in the Kittredge Building. Independent schools participating represent pre-school through grade 12 and post graduate. Information sessions on topics such as how to apply for financial aid, finding the right match, and advice on applying to schools will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office at Bement at 413-774-4209 if you have any questions.

Below are the names of the schools participating in the 2015 school fair.

Academy at Charlemont
Academy Hill School
Amherst Montessori
The Bement School

Buxton School
The Center School
Common School

Darrow School
Deerfield Academy
Eaglebrook School

Four Winds School
Hartsbrook School

High Mowing School
Hillside School
Lander Grinspoon Academy

MacDuffie School
Miss Hall’s School
The Montessori School of Northampton
Northfield Mount Hermon School
North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens
Oak Meadow School

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

The Putney School
Smith College Campus School
Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Suffield Academy
Vermont Academy
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
The Williston Northampton School



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 Look Ahead, call the admission office to inquire about attendance.