Northfield Mount Hermon School
USA - NEW ENGLAND
1 Lamplighter Way, Gill, Massachusetts 01354
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BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) is a secular coed boarding and day school on the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts. Our 1,565-acre campus is home to 650 students in grades nine through 12 and postgraduate. We offer young people a stimulating, supportive academic experience, encouraging them to think critically, act with humanity, and discover within themselves a sense of purpose.
An NMH education is rigorous, relevant, and taught by faculty who happily devote an extraordinary amount of time and energy to fostering their students’ success. Classes are small (the teacher-student ratio is 1:7) and extended to allow students to explore subjects in greater depth. Students take three major college-preparatory courses each semester—six per year. We combine the traditional demands of a highly challenging curriculum with our commitment to be flexible in meeting the evolving individual interests and needs of each student. NMH focuses on the whole student; our goal is to provide education for the head, heart, and hand.
To that end, the school offers an extensive array of activities to complement what goes on inside the classroom. Students may choose from dozens of sports teams, performing arts ensembles, and affinity groups and clubs. They may elect to study abroad; volunteer in outreach activities, both on and off campus; or help run the school’s working farm, which began operating when the school was founded in 1879. Each student participates in the school’s work program by holding down a campus job for four hours a week, which could mean leading tours of the campus for visitors, caring for animals on the farm, or a variety of other responsibilities. All this helps students stay invested in the NMH community.
NMH is located near Northampton, Massachusetts, close to the Vermont and New Hampshire borders. Boston lies two hours east; New York City is less than four hours south. From the bucolic campus, students look out over rolling wooded hills; looking in, they see the state-of-the-art facilities in which they learn and live.
Northfield Mount Hermon is a different kind of place. It’s a place that has no preconceived notion of who students ought to be, but does have great expectations of what they can do. NMH is a world where students can learn to make cheddar cheese, do multivariable calculus, study Buddhism, play lacrosse, chart planetary motion, and improvise jazz. At NMH, students are academically challenged, socially engaged, and constantly surprised by both themselves and the world.