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!
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 forms, including the application, program overview, and packing list, can be found at the bottom of the page. Our enrollment is limited to twenty-four students.
Applications for Summer 2015 are due on April 3, 2015. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions via email by April 17, 2015. After April 17, acceptance is based on available space.
The dates for Summer 2015 will be announced in December 2014.
The cost of tuition, room, and board, as well additional fees including laundry service and health insurance, will be announced in December 2014.
The official 2015 application will be posted in December 2014. For applicants who would like to begin the application process earlier, the health form, teacher recommendation form, and writing sample form are posted here for your convenience.
This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.