English Language and American Culture Summer Program

Students ages 7 to 12 from all over the world are invited to apply to The Bement School English Language and American Culture (ELAC) summer program. Our program is a blend of academics, cultural interaction, language projects, travel experiences, summer camp activities with our domestic day campers, and total language immersion. We provide an opportunity to gain cross-cultural experience and practice the English language in a relaxed and friendly summer environment. Students and adults at Bement work together to create a climate of acceptance, kindness, and challenge each summer.

A unique element of Bement's program is our partnership with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, a cultural and historical organization also located in Historic Deerfield. Students participate in hands-on history workshops and activities that provide a remarkable grounding in American history. The workshops culminate in an overnight in a colonial farmhouse, complete with a meal cooked over an open hearth.

Before the program begins in July, ELAC participants can join a six-week online class that provides an introduction to the summer program, to the Bement campus, and to American life and culture. This online class helps students get the most out of their four weeks studying in the United States. Once on campus, students have multiple opportunities for language acquisition and cultural exploration, and they leave our program with improved language skills and confidence.


Bement's English Language and American Culture Program welcomes students ages 7 through 12. Enrollment is limited to thirty students.

To Apply:

1. Review Application Checklist
2. Complete the Application
3. Submit Application Fee of US$60
4. Submit a hand-written writing sample
5. Submit a copy of your transcript
6. Provide an English teacher recommendation

Completed applications can be scanned and emailed as an attachment to dpotter@bement.org. They can also be mailed to the following address:

David "Doc" Potter
The Bement School
P.O. Box 8
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342


Applications are due March 24, 2017. Applications received after March 24, 2017 will be considered if space is available.


Tuition and fees for 2018 are not yet available.

Additional Information

To learn more about our program:

2017 Program Dates

Sunday, July 9 to
Saturday, August 5

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