English Language and American Culture Summer Program

Students ages 8 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.


Bement's English Language and American Culture Program welcomes students ages 8 through 12. Enrollment is limited to thirty students.

To Apply:

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

8. A three to five-minute introductory video using either YouTube or Vimeo (applicant should introduce themselves, discuss interests/hobbies, and why they want to attend Bement's ELAC program)

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 16, 2018. Applications received after March 16, 2018 will be considered if space is available.


Tuition and fees for 2018:
USD $9,200 for tuition and exenses
USD $200 for health insurance (unless applicant has U.S. based insurance)

Additional Information

To learn more about our program:

2018 Program Dates

Sunday, July 8 to
Saturday, August 4

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