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.
Minuteman Regional High School
Minuteman Regional High School, located in nearby Lexington, MA, offers students from Belmont and several other towns the opportunity to take courses in the applied arts and sciences in preparation for careers in vocational areas. Specific courses include environmental technology; electronics; computer-aided design; dental technology; culinary arts; carpentry; and landscaping. Visit the Minuteman Regional High School web site.
Foundation for Belmont Education
This non-profit organization provides funds and services to help maintain Belmont’s tradition of excellence in education. Since it was established in 1993, the Foundation for Belmont Education has provided over $1.2 million in project funding for the Belmont Public Schools. Recent projects funded with the Foundation’s assistance include a music technology lab, a new writing lab for the Belmont High School English Department, smart boards and LCD projectors for the science program, classroom sets of multi-leveled texts for the elementary schools, and numerous professional development programs for the faculty. Support is provided from Belmont residents and local businesses. The Foundation sponsors a number of special events each year. For more information visit the Foundation for Belmont Education web site.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Belmont Public Schools offer a summer enrichment program for pre-schoolers 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 SEPAC is a parent advisory council as mandated by Massachusetts state law (Chapter 71B). We are dedicated family members of children with disabilities, who educate each other, who collaborate with school professionals and who exchange ideas and information. We welcome participation from all interested community members. Belmont SEPAC web site.
The Belmont Boosters Club is a community organization made up of volunteers excited and committed to promoting the athletic experience at Belmont High School. The Boosters' mission is to provide funding for items that are outside the athletic budgets. Boosters web site.
Belmont Against Racism
Founded in May 1992 after rioting scarred Los Angeles, Belmont Against Racism (BAR) is a community-action, all-volunteer organization addressing issues of racism and prejudice by following the slogan, think globally, act locally. We focus on fostering awareness and educating the community about exclusionary practices, creating a welcoming community for all, and increasing diversity throughout the town. While BAR, in its first decade, mostly focused on addressing racism, we have broadened our mission to include all problems of prejudice that impact our town and local community. Belmont Against Racism web site.
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.