The Williston Northampton School

Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Williston provides superior college preparation through academic and cultural collaboration with the Five Colleges in Western Massachusetts. Students and faculty experience a unique learning environment that provides opportunities to engage and explore. In addition, Williston offers numerous opportunities in competitive athletics, the arts, and leadership. Our excellent campus facilities and the magnificent recreational and cultural offerings nearby provide an enriching setting for an outstanding education.

19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA 01027

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Director of Admission: Christopher Dietrich
Admissions Phone:413-529-3241Fax:413-527-9494
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $50
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Class of 2011 Enrollment Decisions

Posted on July 28, 2011
Williston students have diverse talents, interests, and goals, and they choose from a wide range of colleges and universities. See a list of the colleges in which members of the Class of 2011 have enrolled.

Alan Alda, Commencement Speaker, 2011

Posted on March 30, 2011
The Williston Northampton School’s 170th Commencement took place on Saturday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m. on the Williston quadrangle in front of the Reed Campus Center with 121 students graduating. Actor and writer Alan Alda, grandfather to a member of the Class of 2011, gave the 2011 Commencement address

  • Founded: 1841
  • Campus Size: 125 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     140 90 230
Boys     140 90 230
Total     280 180 460

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,900
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $34,800
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 40.00%
  • Average Awarded: $29,500

Summary: At Williston, a good education involves much more than passing knowledge from teacher to student. It's an educational journey, an interactive process shaped by faculty-student relationships. We offer an academic environment that respects your ability to think for yourself and gives you the right balance of structure and freedom to make the most of it.

Department Director: Gregory Tuleja

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 85

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 60.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:5

Saturday Classes: Yes

Number of AP Courses Offered: 23

Notable Achievements: Don Cheng'11 semi-finalist in U.S. Physics Olympia, Dr. Alan Lipp publishes third mathmatics book, Fiddler Sarah Hubbard'12 1st in national contest

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Five Williston Scholar Courses Offered in 2013-14
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Writer's Master Class
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • The Bible
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry Psycholog y
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Discrete Math; Multivariable Calculus
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Jazz
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Production
  • Silkscreen
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
  • School Year Abroad
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Williston Scholars:18th Century in the Connecticut River Valley
    Williston Scholars: Contemporary Art & Culture

AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

Summary: Our graduates tell us that their most important life-long friendships began right here at Williston. Students live in small dorms with a family atmosphere and in larger dorms in the center of campus. Dorm parents and other members of the faculty are always on hand for advice and friendship.

Department Director: Kathryn Noble

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 11

Average Students Per Dorm: 25

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 7

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Williston students take on leadership opportunities in over thirty active clubs on campus, participate in community service opportunities with their advisory, and enjoy outstanding weekend activities in the Five College region.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool
  • art gallery, game center, snack bar,dance studio

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • FCA
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • SADD
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Athletics are an integral part of our program with 61 teams in 32 sports competing in state-of-the-art facilities. Exciting and vibrant classes in visual and performing arts taught by professional artists.

Arts Department Director: Ben Demerath

Athletics Department Director: Mark Conroy

Notable Achievements: Girls' lacrosse won fifth straight champtionship, Bridget Instrum'12 named All-American in lacrosse, Annual Williston Film Festival every spring

  • A Cappella Group
  • Audiovisual 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
  • Musical, Williston Film Festival,Art Openings
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Through a highly individualized program, Williston's college counseling staff guides juniors and seniors through all facets of the college admissions process. Our ultimate aim is to encourage each student to explore colleges that will foster his or her unique talents and goals.

Department Director: Timothy Cheney

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

New York University 14 graduates
Northeastern University 13 graduates
Connecticut College 13 graduates
Boston University 10 graduates
Colby College 10 graduates
University of Vermont 10 graduates
Cornell University 6 graduates
Northwestern University 5 graduates
University of Pennsylvania 4 graduates
Harvard University 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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

Notable Alumni

Robert Samuelson (Class of 1963) Financial Columnist, Newsweek and Washington Post Editor

Brad Hall (Class of 1975) Actor, Producer, Writer. Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Anchor

Koyalee Chanda (Class of 1992) Emmy-nominated Director, directed episodes of Blue's Clues and Sesame Street

Winthrop Crane (Class of ) 40th Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Senator, Owner of the Crane Paper Company

Lawson Ramage (Class of 1926) Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Decorated with the Medal of Honor

Patrick Rissmiller (Class of 1997) Professional Hockey Player, NHL New York Rangers, Forward

Chic Eglee (Class of 1970) Screenwriter & Producer for Television

Edward Clark Potter (Class of ) Sculptor of New York Public Library lions

Victor H. Fazio (Class of 1961) California Congressman

Mitch Epstein (Class of 1970) Photographer, Cinematographer, and Production Designer

Quotes from Alumni

The experiences that I had at Williston helped me to ‘think on my own two feet.’It also helped me gain self-confidence.These qualities have helped me live an industrious & interesting life every day.

-Ron Diehl, Class of 1961, member of the Headquarters, Department of the Army Energy Policy Team


Williston has been a big turning point in my life. It's helped me find a passion that I didn't have before I came here.

-Rafael Cortina, Class of 2009, Occidental College


"I can't wait to get out there and help others experience what I have." (From her senior year)

-Olivia Moses, Class of 2009, Gettysburg College



Summary: During the summer our facilities are used by several outside organizations, such as nationally known sports camps and Suzuki Violin music classes. Our Summer Theater program offers children and teens the opportunity to rehearse and perform plays before a public audience. Find out more at

Department Director: Gina Tirell























Summary: Williston shares a home in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts with the Five Colleges: Amherst, Mt. Holyoke. Smith. UMASS, and Hampshire. Having the Five Colleges nearby allows students & faculty to take advantage of opportunities to engage and explore that are virtually unparalleled at any other independent school in the country.Find out more at