English Language and Culture Summer Program

Students ages 8 to 12 from all over the world are invited to apply to The Bement School English Language and Culture (ELAC) summer program. Our program is a blend of intensive and comprehensive language instruction, in-depth study of local history, cultural interaction, travel experiences, summer camp activities with our domestic day campers, and total language immersion. Students will live and learn as a family in keeping with almost 100 years of school tradition; students will leave the program ready to enter an American boarding school. We provide an opportunity to gain cross-cultural experience and practice the English language in a fun 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.


Please click here to see a summary of tuition and fees for ELAC 2020.

Additional Information

To learn more about our program:

Summer Language Programs


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 a hand-written writing sample
5. Submit a copy of your current year transcript
6. Provide an English teacher recommendation
7. A three to five-minute introductory video accessible through either YouTube, Vimeo, QuickTime, or WeChat (applicants 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 open on January 1 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis dependent on available space.