Northfield Mount Hermon

5.00 5 1 (12 reviews)
Tel: 413-498-3227
One Lamplighter Way
Mount Hermon, MA 01354
The NMH farm is a small, diversified New England farm. Maple sugaring is our largest single agricultural endeavor. Our 2,200 taps produce about 24,000 gallons of sap, which boils down to approximately 600 gallons of syrup. We also make ice cream, milk and cheese from our dairy cows;  produce apple cider, syrup, and jelly; and raise pigs and chickens.
The NMH farm is a small, diversified New England farm. Maple sugaring is our largest single agricultural endeavor. Our 2,200 taps produce about 24,000 gallons of sap, which boils down to approximately 600 gallons of syrup. We also make ice cream, milk and cheese from our dairy cows;  produce apple cider, syrup, and jelly; and raise pigs and chickens.
The arts curriculum at NMH is expansive - dance, music, theater, and, in the visual arts department, painting, drawing, ceramics, digital design, photography, and video. We emphasize the creative process as much as the final product or production. We're all about deepening your understanding of inspiration and context. Helping you acquire critical-thinking skills. Translating concepts into myriad forms of expression.
The intense, immersive learning that NMH offers is a chance to go further. And do more. It starts in small classes with some of the most dedicated and horizon-broadening teachers you`ll ever meet. From there, things exponentially expand. Borders start to break down: between math and science, social justice and sustainability, the campus community and the world at large.
Every student here - throughout 67 interscholastic teams, 19 varsity sports, and an extensive outdoor education program - is encouraged to think of athletics as yet another arena in which they can challenge themselves to dig a little deeper and aim a little higher. And they`re more than just skilled athletes. Our students are good sports and great teammates.
Our Partnership of 12  ensures that at least a dozen adults - advisors, teachers, coaches, dorm parents - have got your back. They're your own personal support network, helping you figure out and work toward your individual goals. We take on community issues, too, in small-group conversations about health and wellness, diversity and social justice, and other important topics.
If you`re like most of our students, you`ll find that the best way to balance our intense academics is by embracing all sorts of other experiences.  With 67 sports teams, 60 arts performances and scores of clubs, organizations and volunteer activities, it's an experience of self-discovery, happening within a incredibly dynamic community.
NMH is a coed boarding school serving 650 students in grades 9-12. We also offer a postgraduate year. Our wooded campus borders the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, and in this beautiful setting, we challenge young people to think hard, work hard, discover new talents, and hone the ones they already possess.
With students from 57 countries and 33 states NMH students have diverse backgrounds, and are treated as an individuals, with their own unique combination of talents, passions and ambitions. They are reminded that individuality is meaningless without community, and that membership in a community comes with the responsibility to be informed and to be engaged.
  • We offer education for the head, heart, and hand Northfield Mount Hermon engages the intellect, compassion, and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose.
  • NMH looks to these core values for guidance and inspiration: excellence, respect, integrity, persistence, creativity, and teamwork.
  • These fundamental values are manifested in our community through: A teaching and learning culture that helps students become versatile problem-solvers, compassionate thinkers, and effective communicators; an innovative academic curriculum that offers choice and challenge; vibrant, engaging, and expansive co-curricular programming; transformative responsibilities and experiences, including the work program, social justice programs, global study, and sustainability initiatives; an opportunity for and encouragement of spiritual development through religious traditions, exploration of the human experience, and appreciation of the natural world; the expectation and practice of egalitarian ideals, especially honesty, civility, hopefulness, curiosity, and tenacity; a commitment to cultivate a community of individuals who are willing and able to be meaningful contributors rather than mere consumers; and embracing diversity in all its forms and challenging attitudes in conflict with genuine multiculturalism, equity, and social justice.

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  • University of Rochester
    This school was different from a lot of other boarding schools in the area because it fostered an environment where everyone wanted everyone else to achieve. Unlike other schools where every student made sure that. . .
  • MCPHS University
    NMH is unique because of the strong sense of community built in the short or long time you are at NMH. Since I have graduated, I have talked to at least one if not more. . .
  • Columbia University
    Well, if you have read the other reviews below, you will probably have read enough about NMH's work job program. However I can't stress enough how much the work job program has prepared me for. . .
  • University of Durham
    NMH is a small but diverse community of passionate, curious, and very busy students, faculty and staff. The school has a deep commitment to awareness of global issues, social justice, service, sustainability, understanding of religion. . .
  • Amherst College
    NMH requires each student to do a workjob: four hours of some sort of work (kitchen, dorm cleaner, student leader etc.) each week. Service to the community is one of the principles NMH was founded. . .
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2017 School Data
Northfield MountBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18791909
Campus Size1353 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment655 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2817
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$139 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant52024$22,700
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT73%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsClaude Anderson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2817
CoursesAP 3-D Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chemistry B, AP Chinese Language, AP Computer Science, AP Drawing, AP Economics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, Culture and Civilization, AP Latin: Vergil, AP Modern European History, AP Music Theory and Harmony, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Two-Dimensional Design, AP U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1914
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations5623
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
AASA: Asian American Students Association, Activities Programming Board, AIMS: Association in the Interest of a Multicultural School, American Indian Students Association, Amnesty International Club, Animal Rights Club, Artists Activists Alliance, Astronomy Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Campus Republicans, Chinese Review, Christian Fellowship Club, Circle of Sisters, Community Meals, Courthouse Volunteers, Deacons of the Church of Christ, Debate Club, Environment Club, GEECS: Guild of Electrical Engineers, Gemini: yearbook, HBH: Homo-Hetero-Bisexual Alliance, Interfaith Club, International Student Club, Jazz Club, Jewish Student Alliance, Mandala, MOCA: Men of Color Alliance, Muslim Student Association, NMH Outreach, NMH Political Board, Operation Happy Birthday, Quaker Student Association, Roman Catholic Community, SALSA: Spanish & Latin American Students Association, Student Congress, The Echo: student newspaper, The Gamers Guild, The Globe: international student magazine, Unitarian Universalist Student Association, WNMH Radio

Arts and Music Programs:
African and Latin American Hand Drumming, Chamber, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Concert Club, Dance Club, NMH Pianists, NMH Singers, Select Women's Ensemble, Stage Band, Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Program, World Music Combo

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Ultimate Frisbee

College Matriculation

Year: 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University12
New York University12
George Washington University5
Northwestern University5
Skidmore College4
Bates College3
Brown University3
Columbia University3
Emory University3
Yale University2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) is an independent coeducational boarding and day school for 650 students in grades 912 and a postgraduate year. NMH`s mission is to provide an exceptional, well-grounded education for the "head, heart, and hand" of each student.
  • Located in western Massachusetts on the Connecticut River, NMH balances academic excellence and a challenging, innovative college-preparatory curriculum with extensive opportunities in international studies, athletics, the arts, and service work. Supported and guided by expert faculty and staff, students are encouraged to pursue their passions and discover new ones, and to make their own unique contribution to the NMH community.
  • NMH`s mission is to encourage students to think critically, act with humanity, and discover within themselves a sense of purpose. To that end, our faculty devote an extraordinary amount of time and energy to fostering students` accomplishment and success, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Our distinctive "College Model Academic Program" (CMAP) is centered around class periods that are longer than a typical high school class (80 minutes). This allows students to explore subjects in greater depth and spend more time with their teachers. Students take three major courses each semester - six per year, which is one more than at schools that have traditional schedules. The average class size is 11 students, and NMH`s overall studentteacher ratio is 6 to 1.NMH combines academic demands with a commitment to life balance. We focus on the whole student, and aim to be flexible in meeting individual needs while also integrating students into a diverse, busy community. Our "Partnership of 12" initiative is a network of adults (at least a dozen every semester) who support each student every day, including teachers, coaches, dorm staff, and work supervisors. Students choose from dozens of sports teams, performing arts ensembles, and affinity groups and clubs. They have the opportunity to study abroad on academic trips led by NMH faculty, volunteer for outreach and service activities, or help on the school`s working farm. Each student contributes to the community by holding down a four-hour weekly job in the school`s work program. Jobs include giving tours for prospective students, doing chores on the farm, or washing dishes in the dining hall, doing administrative tasks in one of the school`s many offices, and a variety of other responsibilities.NMH has made serious commitments to multiculturalism throughout its 136-year history. Currently, 25 percent of the student body is international, and the school focuses extensively on racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and gender diversity in extracurricular workshops and events throughout the year. NMH is located two hours west of Boston; New York City is less than four hours south. The rural location is balanced with facilities such as a recently built $34 million arts center. A new science, math, and technology facility is is the design stage.NMH has no preconceived notion of who students ought to be, but great expectations of what they can be. At NMH, students are academically challenged, socially engaged, and constantly surprised by both themselves and the world.
  • School accreditations: Institute for Independent Education; National Independent Private School Association; New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Lawrence Ferlinghetti '37 - Beat-generation poet; co-owner of City Lights Bookstore and publishing house
    • Laura Linney ’82 - Academy Award-nominated actress; films include The Savages, The Nanny Diaries, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me
    • Uma Thurman ’88 - Academy Award-nominated actress; films include The Producers, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Liaisons
    • S. Prestley Blake ’34 - Cofounder, Friendly Ice Cream
    • Amy Domini ’68 - Founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments; creator of the Domini 400 Social Index; author of Socially Responsible Investing and The Challenges of Wealth
    • William Rhodes ’53 - President, chairman, and CEO of Citibank, NA; senior vice chairman of Citigroup
    • Arn Chorn-Pond ’86 - Founder of Children of War, Peacemakers, and Cambodia Master performers Program; winner of Reebok Human Rights Award
    • Kimmie Weeks ’01 - Liberian child rights activist, UN advisor, director of Youth Action International/Peace for Kids
    • Dallas Baker ’02 - Wide receiver for University of Florida Gators (winner 2006–07 college football national championship)
    • Frank Shorter ’65 - Founding chairman of US Anti-Doping Agency; TV sports commentator; earned gold medal in 1972 Olympic marathon and silver in 1976
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