Admissions: Admissions Events

On Campus Events

One of our primary goals is to make sure that each applicant and family comes to know Bement well during the admission process. Seeing the campus, meeting with members of our community, and having our individual interviews with you often accomplish this, but the events listed in this section may be beneficial to you as well. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you become familiar with Bement.

For information and reservations please call our office, 413-774-4209. RSVP is required for all events. We hope to see you there!


Kindergarten Open House (KOH)

Prospective parents* interested in kindergarten are welcome to come learn more about kindergarten at Bement. KOH days include a campus tour, observation of a kindergarten class, and a question and answer session with our Lower School Head, Director of Admission, and current kindergarten teacher.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017 POSTPONED

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Admission Office, Barton House

*We will have the opportunity to meet prospective kindergarten students at a later date, during the screenings.

Kindergarten Screening

Each student applying for a place in kindergarten must attend a screening as part of the application process. Each screening session takes place over two days. On the first day parents accompany their children to the kindergarten classroom at 3:45 p.m. When your child is settled we ask that the parents adjourn with Doc Potter, Rachel Sadler, and Kimberly Loughlin to a nearby classroom. This afternoon session (about 45 minutes) allows the children to get comfortable with each other, the teachers, and the space before participating the next day without you nearby. The next morning the children return eager to reconnect with new friends. The second day's session begins with an 8:30 a.m. drop-off at the admission office and ends with a 10:00 a.m. pick-up, also at the admission office. The child’s application, school records, and a teacher evaluation must be submitted to the admission office prior to the screening.

The screening dates for kindergarten applications for fall 2017 are:

Wednesday, 2/15 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 2/16 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 2/21 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 2/22 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 4/4 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 4/5 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 4/26 3:45-4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 4/27 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Story Hour For Preschoolers

Join us for an upcoming story hour for families and caregivers with children ages five and under on Friday, February 10, at 9:00 a.m. These fun mornings have included a story hour in the Bement library, a craft activity, light refreshments, and a performance of our featured story by Bement kindergarten or first grade students. Past performances have included Where the Wild Things AreThe Tortoise and the JackrabbitAnansi and the Moss-Covered RockCoyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest, and Where the Wild Things Are.  Friday's story hour will be based on Jan Brett's The Mitten.

Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair


Registration for the fair.

Bement is pleased to host the Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 5-7 pm in the Kittredge Building. Independent schools participating represent pre-school through grade 12 and post graduate. Information sessions on topics such as how to apply for financial aid, finding the right match, and advice on applying to schools will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office at Bement at 413-774-4209 if you have any questions.

Below are the names of the schools participating thus far in the 2016 school fair.

The Academy at Charlemont
Academy Hill School
Amherst Montessori
The Bement School
Buxton School
The Center School
The Common School
Darrow School
Deerfield Academy
Eaglebrook School
Four Winds School
The Hartsbrook School
High Mowing School
Hillside School

Hilltop Montessori School
The MacDuffie School
Miss Hall’s School
The Montessori School of Northampton
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Oak Meadow School
The Putney School
Smith College Campus School
Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Suffield Academy
Vermont Academy
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
The Williston Northampton School
The Winchendon School

To register for any of the above events, please call 413-774-4209. Be sure to indicate how many people will attend and the name, current school, and grade of the admission candidate(s). Thank you!

We welcome families to come to other community events such as the Fall Bazaar, Spring Fling, and other events. If you see an event listed on our web site in the Look Ahead, call the admission office to inquire about attendance.


Lower and Upper School Open House

Prospective parents* of applicants interested in applying to grade 1-9 are welcome to come and learn more about Bement through a campus tour, classroom observation, and panel discussion with current teachers and administrators.

Friday, November 11, 2016
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Admission Office, Barton House

*We will have the opportunity to meet prospective students at a later date, during their class visit and interview.