For Parents

   

Your Children are Scholars

BELL believes all children can excel.  We have high expectations for children, and provide high-quality learning opportunities that help them fulfill their potential while meeting the needs of parents and families.  BELL's programs expand learning time, increase children's academic skills and self-esteem, provide healthy snacks and meals, and keep kids safe, active, and learning when school is not in session. 

We encourage parents to be involved in their children's education, because their support is more important than any other factor in their child's success.  BELL creates opportunities to be involved throughout the course of its programs through orientation activities, educational parent workshops, volunteer opportunities, and special events.  We share data about scholar progress, and strengthen the connection between the home and the school. 

If you live in one of BELL's communities, visit your principal's office to learn about enrollment opportunities at your school or in your school district.  

  

PARENT FAQs

What is BELL?

How do BELL programs help my child?

Why does BELL call children "scholars?"

What makes BELL different from other educational programs in my community?

When do BELL programs start and end and what are the hours?

Is transportation included?

Is food included?

What is expected of me if my scholar participates in a BELL program?

How can my child become a scholar?

How can I find out if it is offered at my child's school?

What is the fee?

What is the enrollment process?

How can I enroll or get more information?

Contact Us

How can I get in touch with BELL?

  
  

 

PARENT FAQs

What is BELL?

BELL provides summer and after school programs to help your children do better in school. We serve children in grades K-8 in 21 cities in 14 states.

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How do BELL programs help my child?

BELL's summer and after school programs boost student achievement, strengthen their social skills and self-confidence, and help them do better in school.

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Why does BELL call children "scholars?"

BELL calls children in its programs "scholars" because we believe in their ability to excel in the classroom and beyond.

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What makes BELL different from other educational programs in my community?

BELL's programs combine research-based strategies for boosting academic achievement, such as small-group instruction, research-based curricula, and highly trained teachers, with the fun and engaging enrichment activities ranging from creative arts to sports, science, and leadership development. The results speak for themselves -- BELL's programs boost scholars' reading and math skills, help scholars gain self-confidence, and improve scholars' attitude toward school and learning. You can also read about a few of the scholars who have found success by participating in BELL programs.

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When do BELL programs start and end and what are the hours?

BELL's summer learning programs generally begin in June or July and operate for six to eight hours per day, five days per week, for six weeks. The actual program schedule varies by school and community.

The BELL After School program generally begins in the fall and operates up to three hours per day, three to five days per week, during the school year, right after school. The actual program schedule varies by school and community.

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Is transportation included?

Some of BELL's school and school district partners provide bus transportation to and from the program. If transportation is available for your scholar, you will be notified when enrolling in the program.

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Is food included?

In general, the BELL Summer program includes breakfast and lunch for participating scholars. The BELL After School program includes a snack.

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What is expected of me if my scholar participates in a BELL program?

Parent involvement increases scholar success. Parents of BELL scholars are encouraged to participate in an orientation session at the beginning of each BELL program, at least one parent-teacher meeting, and  the Closing Ceremonies.  Parents are also asked to encourage high attendance and program completion rates for scholars to ensure they get the most value from the program.

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How can my child become a BELL scholar?

BELL partners with schools and school districts to deliver its expanded learning programs. Principals and district officials in BELL communities set enrollment eligibility for participation in BELL programs at most locations. Check with you child’s Principal about the availability of a program in your community. If a program is available, you must apply to be enrolled.

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How can I find out if it is offered at my child's school?

If you live in one of BELL's communities, talk to your principal about enrollment opportunities at your school or in your school district. Encourage your principal to visit our website, learn more about our impact, and partner with BELL.

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What is the fee?

BELL's programs are often free for parents, as schools, school districts, and donors pay for program costs.

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What is the enrollment process?

The enrollment process for BELL programs can vary across schools and communities. Generally, parents submit enrollment forms and attend an orientation session prior to their child starting a BELL program. Enrollment usually takes place from April through June for summer learning programs and from August through November for school-year programs.

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How can I enroll or get more information?

The best source of information about BELL's programs in your school or community is your principal's office.

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Contact us

How can I get in touch with BELL?

The best way to get in touch is to contact BELL's team in the community closest to you or check with your child's principal.

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