Students from all over the world are invited to apply to The Bement School English Language and American Culture Summer Program. Our summer program is a blend of academics, cultural interaction, language projects, travel experiences, summer camp activities, 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.
A unique element of Bement's summer language immersion
program is our partnership with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial
Association, a cultural and historical organization also located in
Historic Deerfield. Bement summer campers participate in hands-on
history workshops and activities that provide a remarkable grounding in
American history for international students. The workshops culminate in
an overnight in a colonial farmhouse, complete with a meal cooked over
an open hearth! You can read more about these workshops in this
feature article in our local newspaper.
Students and adults at Bement work together to create a climate of acceptance, kindness, and challenge each summer. Before the program begins in July, students admitted to Bement's ELAC program have the opportunity to take part in a six-week-long online class run by the summer camp director and staff. This online class provides an introduction to the summer program, to the Bement campus, and to American life and culture that helps to prepare our summer students to get the most out of their four weeks studying in the United States. This experience, and the many more students have over their weeks at Bement, provide multiple opportunities for language acquisition and cultural exploration. Students leave our program with improved language skills and confidence.
Bement's English Language and American Culture Program welcomes students ages 7 through 12 from all over the world. There is an application fee of $60. Candidates must fill out the application, submit a hand-written writing sample, and provide a copy of their transcript. They must also provide an English teacher recommendation. Downloadable application forms can be found at the bottom of this page. Our enrollment is limited to twenty-four students.
Applications are due March 25, 2016. Applications received after March 25, 2016 will be assessed according to available space.
In 2016, the ELAC program will run from Sunday, July 10 to Saturday, August 6.
Tuition for a four-week session in summer 2016 will be $5,000, with additional fees totaling approximately $600.
All application materials for Summer 2016 can be downloaded here. Completed applications can be scanned and emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be mailed to the following address:
Emily Lent Hemingway
The Bement School
P.O. Box 8
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.