The Williston Northampton School - Review #14

Read more details about The Williston Northampton School on their 2024 profile page.
The Williston Northampton School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
football captain, basketball, track. two year proctor. peer educator. member of community service club and T.R.I.B.E.
College Enrolled:
Rice University
Home Town, State:
Cambridge, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Most of the athletic facilities at Williston are superior to other boarding schools. The turf football field is only 4 years old and it is far better kept then any other schools that Williston plays. The eight-lane track is also only 4 years old and once again it is kept in better condition than other tracks that Williston competes at. The weight room was recently upgraded and expanded as well.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I met an incredible group of people. I now have friends from all over the country who I will probably have for the rest of my life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Get involved in as much as you can and try new things. Join a sports team, and a few clubs.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
It was my home in every sense of the word.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I would highly recommend applying to Williston. It's an experience that cannot be replicated at another boarding school. And get an ECB from the StuBop in the student center.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As you would find at any school, there were classes that I enjoyed and classes that I didn't as much based on what I was already interested in. However, in all classes and with all the teachers that I have had, there is a very serious and sincere effort to make the class interesting, enjoyable. There were a few subjects that I had gone to Williston hating, but after going through a class or two, I found that the subject was in fact interesting and it ended up being one of my favorite subjects. The most amazing thing about Williston's academics is the teachers. They are really there just for the kids. All of them have a passion for teaching and it shows.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Some of my favorite memories are from football games at Williston. I could go on for pages about the athletics, but to sum it up as much as possible, they are serious, but 100% open to anyone who wants to try something they haven't before. There is strong support from other students, faculty, parents, and people in the general community. Last and of course not least, they are fun. I'd strongly recommend getting involved in one every season.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Always a good time going to see one of the plays. There are always surprisingly amazing displays of acting given the ages of the actors.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite thing about the clubs at Williston is that you can make your own. There are already a huge number, but if you can't find something that you really want to join, you can make your own and other people can join it.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The rooms are much bigger and nicer than many other schools dorms that I have seen. The dorms are like a family. Even if most of the people you hang out with are in other dorms, it is a guarantee that you will have plenty of friends in your dorm. Generally everyone at Williston is supportive, but to have that support from faculty and peers in the dorm gives the family feel and makes you feel all the more comfortable.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I like how we don't have assigned seating or very formal meals. Some schools have everyone dress up in shirt and tie once a day for assigned seating meals, but that's a bit too forced. Williston is more relaxed than that, but we still have a few meals that we get dressed up for, but these are always fun since they have a theme and give you a chance to meet other people in other grades and dorms.

Social and Town Life:

2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is always something to do. Every weekend, there are trips as well as things on campus. You can go to the mall, paintball, Six Flags, NYC, Boston. You can stay on campus for dances, laser tag, video game tournaments. If you have an idea of something else that you might want to do, you just have to mention it and more than likely it will happen.

Daily Schedule:

1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Read more details about The Williston Northampton School on their 2024 profile page.

Alumni Reviews Review School

The Williston Northampton School Alumni #1
Class of 2016
5.00 12/29/2016
Elon University
Williston has a great balance of day students and boarding students, which allow students to know and learn more about the area. With a widespread campus in a safe neighborhood and numerous stores and restaurants. . .
The Williston Northampton School Alumni #2
Class of 2015
5.00 12/3/2016
University of Maine
Williston was the best community I could've ever established an identity with. My parents teach at the school, so we actually had a house on the campus. I developed close relationships with not only. . .
The Williston Northampton School Alumni #3
Class of 2011
5.00 8/7/2012
Harvard University
At a first glance, The Williston Northampton School appears similar to most college preparatory schools. It contains a beautiful New England campus, wonderful and caring teachers, and great athletic and artistic facilities. However, as many. . .
Show more reviews (14 reviews)

Recent Articles

5 Founders and Their Boarding Schools
5 Founders and Their Boarding Schools
What prompts somebody to start a boarding school? The motives range from idealism to munificence right on through to capitalism. The common thread seems to be ample capital and a vision of what education can do.
A Guide To Using Social Media In Boarding Schools
A Guide To Using Social Media In Boarding Schools
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
International Students: Visas and More
March 25, 2024
International Students: Visas and More
In addition to the usual admissions requirements, international students must also obtain a student visa. Here are five tips to help you navigate the admissions process as an international student.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $74,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $51,000
  • Acceptance rate: 33%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update