About Bement: Head of School Welcome

Think about a perfect learning community. You might think of a physically beautiful place, with the very best faculty members instructing students, and the most capable advisors, dorm parents, tutors, and coaches working to instill the value of character and to build strong relationships. There would be a nurturing focus on each child and opportunities to experience real education outside of the classroom. The vision would be a school, in harmony with the natural environment, that champions creativity, compassion, athletics, and care for our community.

This—and so much more—is The Bement School. Here, you will find teachers dining family-style with students each day, chatting about Shakespeare or a science experiment over freshly made food. Here, you will witness skilled, engaging instruction by dedicated, expert, long-serving faculty members. You will discover students immersed in the visual arts, drama, athletics, and music every day in each grade level. You will see genuine care and modeling by the older students toward the younger. Most importantly, you will know that at Bement we care deeply about who our children are on the inside—how they develop character, wonder, and love of learning and the world.

If you ask anyone connected with the Bement community, past or present, to describe the school, the response will most likely be that we are “a family.” We develop genuinely close relationships and through them, our faculty comes to know each student’s strengths, hopes, dreams, and goals. Above all, our students learn, and promote, the importance of community, caring, kindness, and focus on helping others, while also receiving a top-rate education in traditional academic subjects. This truly holistic approach to education is what makes Bement special.

From the moment you set foot on campus, you will find the community I describe here, in the smiles and welcomes of our students, in the artwork hanging on the walls, in the sound of the string ensemble practicing in the Barn, and in the laughter you hear from our lower schoolers building fairy houses as the upper schoolers advise them on architecture. I find myself placed in a position of conveying electronically the intangible. I hope that this letter, and the information presented on this website, will inspire you to schedule a visit. We look forward to welcoming you into our Bement family.

Christopher H. Wilson P’26
Head of School