School Info

W. L. Chenery School: Philosophy of Education

The mission of Chenery School is to inspire and support the intellectual, social and emotional growth and well-being of all students in the CMS community. With the support of families, we provide opportunities for students to think, create, reason and problem solve so that they can be positive and productive young adults who are of service to others.

At Chenery School we share a set of beliefs and values that inform and guide our words and actions. Throughout the year we will discuss these and explore how we can continue to foster them in our school. These core values are represented by our school’s motto:

Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn: Everybody. Every Day.

By making these values central to our time together, we will be successful in ensuring the academic, social, and emotional growth of all children.

The Chenery School opened in 1997 in a new, three-levels, state-of-the-art facility arranged around a courtyard and include 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 maintained by the Belmont Recreation Department.

Fifth grade students learn in 2 - teacher teams. One teacher for English and Social Studies, and one teacher for Science and Math. Fifth graders also take art, World Music, Physical Education. Instruction in Instrumental and Choral Music is an optional program.

Sixth grade students are organized in a team of four teacher core teams with each teacher responsible for one learning area: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. There are approximately 100-125 students on each team. Art, Physical Education, Technology Education, and Health complete the program of studies in grade six.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a music performing group (band, orchestra, or chorus) as part of their class offerings.

School Configuration: Students grouped into 2-teacher teams. Classrooms and teams are heterogeneously grouped.

Parents may elect to have their 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.

School Improvement Plan

Section 59C of chapter 71 of the General Laws: "The principal of each school, in consultation with the school council established pursuant to this section, shall on an annual basis…develop and submit for approval by the district superintendent and school committee a plan for improving student performance. Plans shall be prepared in a manner and form prescribed by the department of elementary and secondary education and shall conform to any policies and practices of the district consistent therewith."

The SIP is posted when available here: School Improvement Plan


As a team, groups of teachers all work with a common group of students, which allows for students and teachers to know one another well and works closely together over the course of the school year.

Upper Elementary School Structure

Fifth grade students learn in 2 - teacher teams. Sixth grade students are organized in a team of four teacher core teams.

Non-Discrimination Information

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.

More information regarding our non-discrimination policies is available here.