School Info

School Info

The Chenery Middle School serves approximately 1,110 students in grades five through eight. The fifth and sixth grades constitute the Lower School and the seventh and eighth grades from the Upper School. There are 85 teachers and 35 support staff at the middle school. The Chenery Middle School opened in 1997 in a new, three-story, state-of-the-art facility arranged around a courtyard and includes a 700-seat auditorium, 450-seat cafeteria, integrated media center, two computer labs, band and chorus rooms, several community rooms, and fully networked technology equipped classrooms. Outside are basketball courts, tennis courts, a baseball field, and other grassy playing fields newly build by the Belmont Recreation Department.

Fifth grade students learn in self-contained classrooms with one teacher for English,social studies, science, and math. Fifth graders also take art, general music, physical education, exploratory foreign language (Spanish and French), and computer keyboarding. Instruction in instrumental and choral music is an optional program.

The sixth grade students are organized in a team structure of two teachers per team with each teacher responsible for two learning areas. One teacher covers English and social studies, and another teaches math and science. There are approximately 50 students on each team. At the end of fifth grade, students choose Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin to study for the next three years. Sixth grade students study foreign language every other day alternating with a skills and reading course. Art, physical education, technology education, and health complete the program of studies.

Welcome to Chenery Middle SchoolSeventh and eighth grade students are organized in five-teacher team structure with approximately 100 students per team. Separate instructors teach math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language (Spanish, French or Latin). Seventh and eighth graders also take art, physical education, technology education, health, and computer.

All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in a music performing group (band, orchestra, or chorus) as part of their class offerings. Students who do not choose to participate on one of these ensembles enroll in a general music elective for a full year.

Students move from self-contained classrooms in fifth grade to a full-teacher rotation by the seventh and eight grade. Classrooms and teams are heterogeneously grouped.

In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, the curriculum includes these highlights:

  • A week for fifth graders at overnight environmental camp;
  • Community service projects for sixth graders;
  • A science and English project for seventh graders on observing and recording natural history an the physical environment; and
  • Participation in National History Day for 8th graders.

Parents may elect to have their middle school-aged child attend a structured after-school program for a fee. This program allows time for students to do their homework and participate in other activities.

Students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs including theater arts, student council, school newspaper, yearbook, math team, after-school sports, computer club, Science Olympiad, ecology club, chess club, and numerous instrumental and choral ensembles. The school also has an organized student government with elected positions.

The Chenery Middle School sponsors interscholastic teams for seventh and eight grade boys and girls in cross-country and basketball.


The Belmont Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability in admission to, access to and treatment in its programs and activities or in employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding our non-discrimination policies:

Ms. Janice Darias, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Belmont Public Schools
644 Pleasant Street
Belmont, MA 02478

The Belmont School Department complies fully in the implementation of Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1964.