Summer Programs: English Language and American Culture


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 students.


Applications are due March 24, 2017. Applications received after March 24, 2017 will be assessed according to available space.

Program Dates:
In 2017, the ELAC program will run from Sunday, July 9 to Saturday, August 5.

Tuition for a four-week session in summer 2017 will be $5,000, with additional fees totaling approximately $600.


More Information

To learn more about our program, download our brochure or read answers to some frequently asked questions. You can also contact Doc Potter, program director, at or 413-774-7061.


Application Materials

All application materials for Summer 2017 can be downloaded here. Completed applications can be scanned and emailed as an attachment to They can also be mailed to the following address:


David "Doc" Potter

The Bement School

P.O. Box 8

Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342


Application Checklist

Application for Summer 2017

Parent Forms

Writing Sample

English Teacher Recommendation

Wire Transfer Information


This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.