Welcome From Our Head of School
Welcome to Belmont Hill School website, which we hope provides you a glimpse of our community grounded on a central principal: Working Together. We are a non-denominational school serving approximately 470 boys in the metro-Boston area for over 100 years. Our recent centennial honored our unwavering focus on our mission of developing young men of character in mind, body, and spirit. We believe that an education intentionally designed for boys, infused by a quest for a nuanced understanding of character, has more value today than ever. This is a school that celebrates and honors all that is wonderful about being a boy, yet never loses sight of what is required to become a man of character.
Our culture of excellence is propelled not only by good and talented boys but by an exceptional faculty that models our deep belief in a teacher-coach model. Working with our boys across multiple forums, our teachers are experts in their fields but their sense of purpose is found in the relationships they forge with Belmont Hill boys. Whether it be in the classroom, on our athletics fields, in our performing and visual arts, or through a commitment to service, boys are expected to collaborate and become part of something larger than themselves at Belmont Hill. With a focus on relational learning, healthy competition, joy, and a great deal of physical activity, we relish the challenge of helping every boy at our school exceed their perceived potential.
While the notion of the collective is essential to Belmont Hill, we are equally passionate about creating an individual sense of belonging for all community members by seeing and leveraging the difference that exists here. We now serve over 87 towns and communities, including approximately 25 five-day boarding students each year. Approximately one third of our students identify as people of color, and we have a remarkable Multicultural Alumni Partnership program supporting our diversity efforts across the institution. We seek to create and foster a diverse community that will prepare our boys for the world of higher education and a global economy. We work to create graduates who are empathetic and self-aware; they are expected to work and laugh with those who are different from themselves. To learn more about our comprehensive efforts in fostering belonging at Belmont Hill, please click here.
This community harbors deep gratitude for our sense of tradition while continuing to believe that we can always become a better version of ourselves. Traditions like chapel, dress code, and family-style lunches each day all foster a sense of accountability and resilience for our boys. Our faculty and remarkable support staff, including multiple counselors and a Director of Health and Wellness, ensure that we always put the mental well being of our boys as our first priority. We even break every morning to connect and share milk and cookies as an entire School community to pause and support one another in a daily way. Finally, academic partnership programs, our speaker series in Hamilton Chapel, and our Makerspace all speak to a sense of evolution and new ideas. We offer our boys an exceptional liberal arts education grounded in the classical tradition alongside innovative new opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Our recent centennial celebration brought together alumni, parents, former and current faculty and staff, and other friends to honor a community that truly changes lives. Whether you are a prospective student, parent, or employee, know that you will become a part of something larger than your own experience at Belmont Hill. There is no more important driver of our success than our people. As such, we are eager to find the best and brightest boys in our area to join our quest; this effort is grounded by a robust need-based financial aid program. We hope that you might choose to reach out to our Admission Office to begin your Belmont Hill journey. We are eager to learn how you will make our community even stronger.
- (1999-2000) Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed. M.
- (1992-1996) Amherst College, B.A. in English and Economics.
About Gregory J. Schneider
- 2007-2018 Head of School, Berwick Academy
- 2000-2007 Assistant Head of School for External Affairs at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. Also served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Upper School English Teacher, and Head Varsity Football Coach.
- Awarded Klingenstein Head of School Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University (2013).
- Served on the Board of Directors and served as treasurer of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE).
- Served on the Board of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE).
- Served on and chaired various New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation teams.
- Form VI advisor and teacher of Ethics to all Form III (grade nine) boys
- Member of the Heads and Principals Association
- Member of the Heads Collegiate Forum
- Father of three adolescent daughters
- Board Member of the International Boys School Coalition (IBSC)
- Board President of SPARC research collaborative affiliate with the UPenn Graduate School of Education
- Belmont Hill will host the IBSC International Boys School Conference in the Spring of 2025