Visitor's Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find a series of questions commonly asked when families consider Belmont Hill. If you have a
question that's not addressed here, please give us a call at (617-993-5220). Our Admission staff would be pleased to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the advantages of an all-boys' school?

    A. As a school for boys, we focus on what makes boys tick, both individually and together. We believe that boys' schools can support boys particularly well. Here boys study, think, achieve in the classroom without embarrassment or apology. They captain teams and star in plays, score goals and write musical scores, win debates and win games.

    We work hard to ensure that students leave Belmont Hill as ethical young men of integrity who will become responsible citizens — who will have a passion for learning and a willingness to work hard, take risks, and make a difference.

    Many educators believe that single-sex education offers students significant benefits. We endorse that which is positive about boys' schools, while striving to make certain that our students are sensitive to and well prepared for the world in which they live.

    Here are links to some resources that affirm the value of single-sex education:

    International Boys' School Coalition

    About.Com: Private Schools

    Boston Globe: The Wonders of a Single-Sex Education

    National Association for Single Sex Public Education

    While Belmont Hill is an all boys' school and has been since 1923, we interact with girls' schools in many different ways. Our students benefit from long-term relationships with two girls' schools in particular: The Winsor School in Boston and Dana Hall School in Wellesley.
  • Q. Are school related expenses other than tuition covered by financial aid?

    A. Yes! Depending on the amount of financial aid you receive, your son may be eligible for aid for books, transportation, technology needs (computer, graphing calculator), school trips (both global and domestic), and many other things. When in doubt, ask the Director of Financial Aid.
  • Q. Does Belmont Hill offer AP courses?

    A. Students throughout the Upper School take Advanced Placement tests in 14 different subjects. In May of 2017, 169 of the 178 students that completed 326 AP exams, earned a score of 3 or better (95%).​
  • Q. Is there financial aid available?

    A. Belmont Hill has a long history of socio-economic diversity, and is committed to bringing the best boys in the metro Boston area to its campus regardless of a family's ability to pay. Currently, Belmont Hill provides almost $5.1 million in aid and 32% of the boys enrolled receive some financial assistance. Families may request financial aid information and must submit applications by January 15. For more information on Belmont Hill's commitment to financial aid visit the financial aid homepage.
  • Q. Where do students go after graduating from Belmont Hill?

    Colleges Accepting Members of the Class of 2018

    Amherst College
    Babson College
    Bates College
    Bentley University
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Bowdoin College
    Brown University
    Bryant University
    Bucknell University
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Carnegie Mellon University
    College of Charleston
    University of Chicago
    Colby College
    Colgate University
    University of Colorado
    Colorado College
    Connecticut College
    University of Connecticut
    Cornell University
    Dartmouth College
    Davidson College
    DePaul University
    Dickinson College
    Duke University
    Elon University
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Fairfield University
    Fordham University
    Furman University
    George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Grinnell College
    Hamilton College
    Harvard University
    Haverford College
    Hillsdale College
    Hobart and William Smith
    College of the Holy Cross
    Howard University
    Indiana University
    Kenyon College
    Lafayette College
    Lehigh University
    Loyola Marymount University
    Macalester College
    UMass Amherst
    UMass Dartmouth
    UMass Lowell
    McGill University
    University of Miami
    Middlebury College
    New York University
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    University of Notre Dame
    Oberlin College
    Penn State University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Pomona College
    Princeton University
    Providence College
    Purdue University
    University of Richmond
    University of Rochester
    College of Saint Elizabeth
    University of San Francisco
    Santa Clara University
    Skidmore College
    University of Southern California
    Stanford University
    Syracuse University
    The Ohio State University
    University of Toronto
    Trinity College
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    Union College
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Vermont
    Villanova University
    University of Virginia
    Wake Forest University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Wesleyan University
    Whittier College
    College of William & Mary
    Williams College
    University of Wisconsin
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Yale University
  • Q. Does Belmont Hill have a bus service?

    Belmont Hill runs six different bus routes through the city of Boston and the surrounding metropolitan area. Please follow this link for more information.
  • Q. What languages can I take at Belmont Hill School?

    A. For a small school we are fortunate to offer a fairly wide range of languages. All seventh and eighth grade students are required to take Latin, and then have the option to take any of our modern language offerings, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. New ninth grade students have the option of taking any of the four language offerings mentioned previously. Students who complete Latin 4 and take the Latin AP exam have the option of taking Ancient Greek.
  • Q. How many spaces are available in each grade?

    A. Our two largest matriculation years are the 7th and 9th grade (Form I and Form III). In the seventh grade we generally seek a class of roughly 50 boys while in the ninth grade we have about 20 spaces. We also have 10 openings in our 8th grade (Form II) and 2-4 openings in grades 10 and 11 (Forms IV and V).
  • Q. Are there opportunities for Belmont Hill students to interact with girls at nearby schools?

    While Belmont Hill is an all-boys' school, we interact with girls' schools in many different ways. Boys benefit from our long term relationships with two girls' schools in particular, The Winsor School in Boston and Dana Hall School in Wellesley:
    The Winsor School Connection
    Since 1973, Belmont Hill and Winsor, an all-girls’ school in Boston, have collaborated on a number of projects, most notably in drama and choral music. Middle Schoolers perform together in fall and spring plays, and Upper Schoolers perform together in fall and winter plays. The two schools also share a school newspaper (called The Panel), a boathouse, and a track program. Annual “Coordination Days” have brought students together for a mixture of service projects and the examination of current issues. The schools plan dances together, including Junior and Senior Proms. An annual holiday concert, held in early December, brings together the two schools’ choruses and a cappella singing groups. The seventh grades of both schools also spend a day together at the “We Lead Conference,” a program facilitated mostly by the schools’ Peer Leaders (seniors) which tackles relevant social and health issues.
    The Dana Hall School Connection
    Belmont Hill and Dana Hall enjoy a variety of joint activities, including dances that bring together girls from Dana Hall and boys from Belmont Hill. The schools combine efforts for a spring musical and collaborate on community service projects. Last year, students from both schools traveled to Selma, Alabama during spring break to help with the construction of homes and to do outdoor work for individuals and churches. Some years, the schools combine forces to create a Haunted House at the Watertown Mall during Halloween to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Q. Why is the ninth grade a part of the Middle School?

    A. One of the things that makes Belmont Hill distinctive is that our 9th grade is a part of our Middle School. Whereas in many environments "freshmen" are relegated to the periphery, our 9th graders are expected to be leaders. For new students, this means that they will enter our school able to take an active role in many extra curricular activities while still receiving the nurturing academic support that our younger boys receive. Ninth grade students attend one proctored study hall a day and learn valuable study and organizational skills as they learn the valuable lessons of time management that is necessary for success in the Upper School.
  • Q. What is the most important part of the application?

    A. While no one piece of the application process is more important than another, boys must demonstrate that they can excel in a rigorous academic program. Thus, a boy's transcript, recommendations and test scores are carefully reviewed by the admission committee. Though a strong academic record is important, we seek to enroll boys with widespread interests and talents. As a school we ask boys to take part in a whole host of academic, athletic, and extra-curricular activities, and boys who have the energy and interest to challenge themselves in different ways can have an outstanding impact on our campus. Finally, Belmont Hill faculty and students pride themselves on being a "character School" and the admission office is always aware of boys who demonstrate both leadership and outstanding character development.
  • Q. What standardized tests do I need to take?

    A. All seventh and eighth grade (Forms I and II) applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). All ninth and tenth grade applicants (Forms III and IV) are expected to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

    Test Dates on Campus:

    ISEE (Code: 220120)
    Saturday, November 23, 2019
    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    SSAT: (Code 1564)
    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Saturday, January 2, 2020

  • Q. Why do you have a dress code?

    A. A dress code is one of the most valued traditions at Belmont Hill, but it is not without purpose. We feel that a dress code has a democratizing effect on our student body. Here, one cannot define or separate himself from the community by the manner in which he dresses. We are all one community, sharing similar goals, purposes, and even attire. However, this does not keep students from expressing themselves, as a quick visit to our campus will show boys wearing a vide variety of jacket styles and colors, wild ties, and interestingly matched shirts. Although the majority of our students wear khaki pants and blue blazers, boys are free to wear any colored or patterned slacks and jackets of their choosing.
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Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning.