Belmont has an outstanding public school system. Our system consists of six schools: four elementary schools, kindergarten through grade 4, Burbank School, Butler School, Wellington School, and Winn Brook School; the Chenery Middle School, grades 5 through 8; and Belmont High School, grades 9 through 12. The system enrolls approximately 3850 students. You will find additional information on each of the schools, sports and extracurricular activities, parent and community support groups, and other relevant information in this website. Please feel free to contact the Belmont Public Schools webmaster with any comments or questions about the Belmont Public Schools website.
Each of the four elementary schools in Belmont serves a geographical area. Thus, a youngster’s elementary school is determined by his/her residence location. The policy of the Belmont School Committee permits a student to attend a school out of his district of residence, only with the approval of the Superintendent. Such requests must be presented to the Superintendent in writing. Students residing in the Town of Belmont are eligible to attend the Belmont Public Schools when they are age appropriate. All new students starting Belmont High School must register in the guidance office.
For more information visit the Registration Information page.
The Belmont Public School Preschool Staff conducts screenings on an ongoing basis throughout the school year for all Belmont children aged 3-5 years of age. Services for students with needs range from related outpatient services to a classroom placement. The Classroom Preschool Program is designed to include special needs students in an integrated model with typically developing students from the community. To qualify for a classroom placement, special needs students must be significantly delayed in more than one area and be unable to make progress in a community preschool. Typically developing students are chosen randomly through a lottery of applicants.
For further information on the preschool, please visit Belmont Public School Preschool web pages.
Community Education Offerings
The Community Education Office, through the Belmont Schools, offers residents the opportunity to partake in a variety of educational, enrichment, and life skills courses. These courses are offered each semester and include day and evening programs to accommodate a wide range of participants. Courses vary from term to term. The instructors come from Belmont and surrounding communities.
More information about Community Education programs is available here.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Belmont Public Schools offer a summer enrichment program for preschoolers through grade six. Program topics include arts and crafts, theatre, computers, and sports. Courses are held at the Chenery Middle School and run for one to four weeks during July.
More information about Summer program is available here.
Belmont Recreation Programs
The Belmont Recreation Department offers the opportunity for youth to participate in instructional programming as well as on intramural and inter-town sports teams; these include programs in swimming, skating, ice hockey, baseball, and softball. Soccer is also very popular at all grade levels and is organized through a regional association.
For more information visit the Recreation Department web site.
Community Use of School Facilities
The Belmont Schools provide space for the benefit of the greater community. The community regularly uses school auditoriums, cafeterias, gyms, and classrooms in all schools, for community meetings, athletic events, courses, and performances. The schools share athletic fields and facilities such as the skating rink, the swimming pool and the field house with the Recreation Department for the enjoyment of residents of all ages.
School PTA/PTO and Advisory Councils
All six schools in Belmont have active parent-teacher organizations PTO/PTA and other parent/community organizations affiliated with our schools and school departments. These groups provide energy and ideas for enriching the social and academic opportunities available to students, staff, and their families. The PTOs sponsor a wide variety of programs and events at each school, including the Kindergarten Extended Day programs, the After School programs, and Arts and Enrichment programs to supplement the curriculum at all grade levels. Each school also has a School Advisory Council comprised of the school principal, teachers, parents, and community representatives. The role of the Council is to assist the principal in identifying the educational needs of students, adopting educational goals for the school, reviewing the annual budget, and developing the annual School Improvement Plan. These plans guide the school administration, staff, volunteers, and parent community in working toward achieving a set of mutually-agreed upon goals. The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee.
For more information visit the Parent Teacher Organizations and Advisory Councils page.
The School Committee is the policy setting entity for all schools in the Belmont district. It also appoints the superintendent, approves the budgets, and negotiates with school unions. You can learn more at the School Committee website where you can find the members, goals and accomplishments, policies and minutes among other items.
The METCO (Metropolitan Council for Education Opportunities) program, a voluntary integration program founded in 1966, provides a suburban public school education for African-American, Hispanic, and Asian students from Boston. Belmont typically hosts 125 students as part of the METCO program. This program fosters a broader educational and social experience for both suburban and urban children and their families.
For more information about the program visit METCO website here.
There are many volunteer opportunities in the schools: assisting students with computer use, working in the library media center; sharing travel experiences or speaking about one’s career. Parents who are interested and available should let their principal know.