Northfield Mount Hermon School

Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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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.

One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, USA 01354
413-498-3000 ext.3227

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Director of Admission: Claude Anderson
Admissions Phone:413-498-3227Fax:413-498-3152
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1879
  • Campus Size: 1565 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     246 66 312
Boys     291 47 338
Total     537 113 650

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,200
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $35,700
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $42,210

Summary: At Northfield Mount Hermon, we like to say that we educate the head, heart, and hand. Our academic program is both whole and wholesome: it pushes you to explore your intellectual boundaries, awakens you to the needs and opportunities of the world, and prepares you for a more meaningful life. Our teachers are the heart of the NMH experience. As credentialed scholars, they’re the equal of any boarding school faculty in the country. As dedicated, passionate educators, they have no equal. They’ll know how to inspire you, nurture you, and push you to excel. Our College Model Academic Program (CMAP) not only helps teachers provide the richest possible educational experience, it also gives you a glimpse of what college will look like. By taking three major courses each semester, you'll spend more time in class with your teachers, which allows for deeper discussion and hands-on projects and increases your understanding of the course material. Our wide range of courses in all our academic departments are tough, fascinating, meaningful, and yes, often downright fun. Combined with our informed, personal college counseling, an NMH education will not only prepare you for college, it will also challenge you to broaden your view of the world while ever refining your image of yourself. Of course, the classroom is just the beginning at NMH. Our international programs can take you to study Spanish in Uruguay or literature in Ireland. Our working farm, is a living laboratory where you can conduct college-level experiments in plant biology and soil ecology, learn to make lavender soap and maple syrup, and grow organic vegetables for the dining hall. You can dig deeper into your favorite subjects through student organizations like Model UN and the Math Club, or get creative in the amazing new Rhodes Arts Center.

Department Director: Ellen Turner

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 95

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 66.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 24

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
  • multidisciplinar y studies, war, foreign policy,
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Arabic
  • The Bible
  • Ethics
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Health
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Multivariable calculus, Number Theory
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Electronic Music
  • History of Jazz
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Principles of Arranging
  • Recording
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • digital and film photography with wet darkroom
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Study Abroad:
  • farm program, model UN
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science AB
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

Summary: Daily life at NMH includes classes, homework, sports practices and games, performing arts rehearsals, "workjob", and extracurricular activities. It's a busy schedule, but all those activities contribute to the self-discovery that each student is engaged in. And every individual student journey is part of a whole—a vibrant community of teenagers and adults living, learning, and working together. Each NMH student has a constellation of at least a dozen adults supporting his or her growth—we call it the Partnership of Twelve. Classroom teachers, coaches, deans, advisors, workjob supervisors, and dorm parents, these adults work together to guide students in their academic, social, and athletic lives. And those lives typically start in the dorms. Dorms are more than the places students lay their heads at night; each one is a vital social hub and a welcome home base. Day students are assigned specific dorms, too; they frequently spend the night on weekends. Eating at NMH is pretty out of the ordinary: There's stir-fry Tuesdays, Mexican Thursdays, and the soft-serve ice cream machine that uses NMH farm milk. Mmmm. It's a good thing the dining hall is open almost all day for grazing! Beyond food and shelter, students discover that everything they need to lead a healthy, productive life is close at hand—whether that's a fun weekend activity, a volunteer gig, a spiritual practice, or simply health and wellness resources.

Department Director: Nicole Hager

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 15

Average Students Per Dorm: 36

No. of Girls Dorms: 7

No. of Boys Dorms: 8

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Welcome to NMH! You've discovered one of the most exciting, distinctive boarding schools you could hope to find. I say that with some authority, having worked in boarding schools for 14 years. When I arrived at NMH in 2002, I joined a vibrant, diverse community where individual development, community standards, and high expectations form the core of the academic and student life experience. As dean of students, my job is to challenge and support students outside the classroom. Although classrooms provide a rich learning environment, students spend a lot of time outside the walls of our academic buildings, and we offer amazing opportunities to acquire knowledge and experience and contribute to the community through clubs, organizations, and volunteer groups. We also have a student life curriculum that promotes self-responsibility, integrity, and moral leadership. Whether it's serving as a class officer, starting a program to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, or working on campus sustainability projects, students discover passions they didn't know they had and commit themselves to ideas bigger than themselves. Many schools profess to educate the whole child. At NMH, we live and breathe our founder's motto to educate the heads, hearts, and hands of young people. I came to NMH—as perhaps you will, too—because part of the school's mission is to encourage students to live with purpose and to make a difference in the world. Nicole Hager Dean of Students


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Sexualities Club
  • Solar Car Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

Arts Department Director: Phil Calabria

Athletics Department Director: Tom Pratt

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Cycling

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

William R. Rhodes (Class of 1953) Chairman of Citicorp

Frank Shorter (Class of 1965) Founding chairman of US Anti-Doping Agency; TV sports commentator; earned gold medal in 1972 Olympic marathon and silver in 1976

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Class of 1937) Poet

S. Prestley Blake (Class of 1934) Cofounder, Friendly Ice Cream

Natalie Cole (Class of 1968) Grammy Award-winning vocalist

Arn Chorn-Pond (Class of 1986) Founder of Children of War, Peacemakers, and Cambodia Master performers Program; winner of Reebok Human Rights Award

Anna Diggs Taylor (Class of 1950) Chief judge, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (first black woman appointed to that role)

J. Stapleton Roy (Class of 1952) Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center; former US ambassador to Singapore, Indonesia, and People’s Republic of China

Valerie Jarrett (Class of 1974) White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison and head of president's panel on women and children

Buster Onley (Class of 1982) Sports Writer

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SUMMER SESSION offers programs for students wishing to enrich or accelerate their school-year education. We have a comprehensive program that has existed in various forms for more than 100 years. *** Each summer, we gather as a community to engage in academic work and to learn from each other in many ways. Our population is diverse and worldly – each summer, we typically enroll students from 35-40 different countries and 20-30 U.S. states. Our talented faculty is assisted by 35 teaching interns to provide an outstanding experience for our students. *** In 2014, we offer four programs: College Prep, Middle School, English as a Second Language, and Community Service in India. Our College Prep Program is unique in that students engage in study of one subject and can complete the equivalent of a year-long course, and possibly earn credit, in just five weeks. ESL students take one major course, while Middle School students enroll in two courses. In addition to opportunities to learn here on campus, students may choose to experience the fun and delight of teaching young children as part of our program in India. *** Our goal is to provide a valuable, life-changing experience for each student who joins us. For some, NMH Summer Session provides their first taste of a rigorous academic experience and challenges them to a new level. Other students use their summer here as an opportunity to further build academic skills, advance in their coursework, and prepare for college. *** Our exceptional student diversity ensures that everyone leaves with new friends from all over the world. One of the measures of our success each year is how difficult it is for so many of the students to leave at the end of the summer – they build a powerful connection to our summer community and make lifelong friends.

Department Director: Gregory Leeds