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Gann / Bentley

Beautiful Greater Boston Campus


Founded in 1997, Gann Academy is a top preparatory school.  The sleek modern building is architecturally beautiful. Inside, cherry woodwork, lovely handcrafted art on walls and in alcoves, and impeccably maintained facilities welcome students. Gann’s laboratories look out onto its beautiful campus through many windows, creating a sun-filled and inviting place to learn from our wonderful teachers. Classrooms are oversized with state-of-the-art features including smartboards and WIFI access.

Immediately adjoining Gann Academy are patios and grassy open spaces replete with lounge chairs that students enjoy during their lunch period. Outdoor areas are perfect for recreational use during breaks. Equipment for outdoor games is available. Students in many of our programs utilize the welcoming outdoor space. Forensics students, for example, set up mock crime scenes on the fields outside. Vet Medicine instructors brought a horse to the grassy space by the forest. Engineering students set up a pond in back to test the performance of boats they programmed to operate under various challenge conditions.

Gann Academy is enveloped by forests, the upper campus of Bentley University and Town of Waltham recreational playing fields, creating beautiful views. Gann Academy is ideally located in suburban Boston in Waltham, MA, bordering Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, and Belmont. Gann Academy is easily accessible from 95/128 and from Route 2. Gann Academy is a 20 to 30 minute walk from the MBTA train station for those connecting though North Station or coming directly from Boston, Cambridge, Belmont, Weston, Lincoln, or Concord. Gann Academy is just a short walk down the street from our summer location at the main campus of Bentley University, which will be used for lunch several days a week, extended day activities, and housing our residential students.

Bentley is one of the top-ranked business schools in the country. On certain days, at lunch time, students will be accompanied by staff members on their walk to nearby Bentley campus for lunch. The Bentley cafeteria features stunning cathedral height windows with woodland views.

When classes end at 3:30 pm, students may head home or stay for our extended day program until 5:00 pm at no extra charge. Students can participate in organized, counselor-led outdoor activities such as ultimate frisbee, soccer, and sand volleyball.

Inside Bentley’s student center, extended day students may play ping pong, foosball, or pool. A wide variety of board games and card games may be checked out. WIFI is available. Students enjoy socializing with their new friends as they wait for their parents or train. (In extreme weather conditions, extended day students may stay at the Gann Academy and enjoy indoor games.)

On a typical day at the Bentley cafeteria, students may choose selections from a salad bar, pasta station, pizza stand, comfort food rack, stir-fry station, sandwich bar, and grill offering burgers and chicken. Lunch is provided at no additional charge.


Dormitories at Bentley feature suites designed for five students. Each apartment has a mix of single and double bedrooms with a few triples and its own bathroom. A central living room with a couch opens into a small dining area with table and chairs. The refrigerator in the kitchenette is available to students for storing food. The dorm last year contained a central lounge and laundry facilities. Sweeping vista views from the hill on which our dorm was perched were visible from the interior.

Down the hill from the dorm is the cafeteria and student activity center. Residential students have breakfast and dinner several days a week in the cafeteria. Other days, they eat in the dorm or outside. A typical breakfast in the cafeteria might feature hot options such as eggs and bacon or pancakes, an array of cold cereals, fruit, and yogurt.  The breakfast offered at the dorm typically includes an array of cold cereals, fruit, and additional featured items for that day such as: bagels, donuts, or pastries. For dinner in the cafeteria (similar to lunch), students may make selections from a salad bar, pasta station, pizza stand, comfort food rack, stir-fry station, sandwich bar, and grill offering burgers and chicken. On nights where students eat at the dorm, featured items might be pizza, Chinese take-out, or a burrito bar. All meals are included in the residential fee. Students are responsible for snacks.

Exercise room in Bentley University gym

Residential students may choose to join the organized extended day activities described on the day student page. Residential students have the freedom to opt out of the organized activity and head back to the dorm or engage in non-structured activities. Grassy green open space next to the dorms is perfect for sun-bathing or informal sports. 

There is also an exercise area complete with a variety of exercise equipment.  Counselors have also organized sports on the expansive outdoor playing fields.

Are you located out of state and worried about getting your student to our programs? Don’t worry, getting to our Waltham location is easy! Looking for summer STEM programs in Philadelphia? Take the Amtrak train into North Station and hop on the commuter rail Fitchburg Line to Waltham Center. Unable to find summer STEM opportunities for your student in New Jersey? We’re practically in your backyard! Bentley University is only a few miles off of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Worried about your student flying into our summer STEM programs from Texas? We offer a ground transportation package to and from Boston Logan airport!

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