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Welcome From the Head

 
            As I begin my tenure as the ninth Head of School at Belmont Hill, it is with a great sense of excitement that I welcome you to our website. Whether you are new to our community or an old friend, I hope that this virtual window offers you a useful glimpse into all that makes our mission of developing young men of character through mind, body, and spirit a reality. I have come to know Belmont Hill as a place that stands for excellence in all that it does. We seek to balance the proven traditions of the Belmont Hill experience with a desire to remain forward-thinking in terms of best practices for boys’ education in a global context of unprecedented opportunity and change.
 
            Belmont Hill is blessed with a remarkable campus and exceptional programs to catalyze transformational experiences for our boys. However, it is the people and the relationships formed here that forge the true magic of a Belmont Hill education. We adhere to an unwavering belief in the power of a teacher/coach model where boys are taught and coached by committed faculty who come to know them in multiple learning arenas. Boys are challenged, known, and celebrated here. We cherish traditions like family-style lunches and milk and cookies, and yet we offer rigorous and innovative academic experiences like our Advanced Science Research program. While we are proud to work with academically gifted boys from all backgrounds, we are even more proud of the work ethic and values they develop during their Belmont Hill experience.
 
            Outside of the classroom, Belmont Hill seeks the same level of excellence. The School enjoys a rich athletic tradition and is inspired by the creativity and individual expression fostered by our arts programs. We currently serve 80 communities as a day school that is augmented by a five-day residential program for approximately 30 boys. We are committed to inclusion and openness, grounded by a belief that empathy and dialogue are essential foundations to learning. All of these beliefs flow from our fundamental commitment to character development as our central purpose. All that we do here ties back to this aim of not merely creating good scholars, good athletes, or good artists: We seek to develop good men.
 
            It has been a humbling honor to become a leader at such an impressive educational community. I look forward to continuing this school’s tradition of excellence as we approach our Centennial in the years ahead. At Belmont Hill, we are constantly reminded of belonging to something larger than our selves. Please peruse this site as a way to come to know us from afar, but I hope that you might have an opportunity to experience this community in person in the near future.   
 
                                                                                                Sincerely yours,
 
 
                                                                                                Gregory J. Schneider
                                                                                                Head of School


    • Gregory J. Schneider

      Gregory J. Schneider

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).
  • Sits on the Board of Directors and serves 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.
  • Regular presenter at regional and national conferences on topics including financial aid, governance, and cultural competency. Member of the NAIS think tank to assist planning for the 2015 NAIS Conference in Boston.
 
Education
 
  • (1999-2000) Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed. M.
  • (1992-1996) Amherst College, B.A. in English and Economics.
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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.