The White Mountain School

Bethlehem, New Hampshire, USA view map
Co-Ed, Episcopal

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Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding & day school for students in grades 9-12 (and PG). Since our founding in 1886, we have maintained a clear focus on educating each student as an individual. The 4 characteristics that define WMS are:
As a college preparatory school, we follow a traditional liberal arts curriculum. Our classes focus more on discussion than lecture because we know that students must explore ideas on their own to truly learn. WMS students graduate are prepared to succeed because they know how to think analytically and critically, how to communicate their ideas with clarity and precision, and how to apply their skills and knowledge as engaged citizens.
We are intentionally small because we know that only in a small school can we treat each student as an individual. Because of our size, teachers and students forge deep relationships that often last a lifetime. In our community, no student is invisible, and each one contributes to the well-being of the group. At The White Mountain School everyone matters. Everyone.
As an Episcopal school, we honor and celebrate the unique worth of each individual. We are guided by the New Hampshire Episcopal Diocese's phrase, “Infinite respect for one another...radical hospitality for the world.” Our Episcopal heritage inspires our commitment to community service (local and international) it informs our relationship to the natural world and it is why we have always been a school that respects each student as an individual with unique talents and passions.
Our mountain location has had a wonderful effect on our program and it inspires us to explore more broadly, to think more deeply, and to experience the fullness of life. Our mountain setting also allows our students to explore and excel in unique outdoor sports offerings.

371 West Farm Road, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, USA 03574

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Director of Admission: Brad D'Arco
Admissions Phone:603-444-2928 ext.26Toll-Free Admissions:800-545-7813Fax:603-444-5568
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 05
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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New Arts Center - construction to begin in Spring 2013

Posted on April 12, 2013
Read more about our exciting new arts center with inspiring facilities for music, painting & drawing, and dance.

  • Founded: 1886
  • Campus Size: 250 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     38 13 51
Boys     58 3 61
Total     96 16 112

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,200
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $23,600
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 50.00%
  • Average Awarded: $18,000

Department Director: Shane MacElhiney

Average Class Size: 10

Full Time Teachers: 18

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 56.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 7

Notable Achievements: Sustainability Studies program

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Creative Writing
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Recording
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Printmaking
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Sustainability Studies

AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • Human Geography
  • Spanish Language

Summary: The three-part ecology of self, community, and Earth permeates all that WMS students learn and do. This awareness of being part of something larger than oneself helps students to form an outwardly-focused perspective and to begin asking the "big questions."

Department Director: Nate Snow

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 4

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts Department Director: Kate Renner

Athletics Department Director: Nate Snow

  • A Cappella Group
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Rock Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Our college counseling program mirrors the rest of our school program in its respect for each student's interests, talents, and values. We strive to help students ask questions and find answers that will lead them to meaningful post-secondary experiences.

Department Director: Ryan Aldrich

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Cornell University 1 graduates
Boston University 1 graduates
Carnegie Mellon 1 graduates
Mount Holyoke College 1 graduates
Syracuse University 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: WHITE MOUNTAIN CLIMBING CAMP provides a safe and challenging climbing experience for beginner to advanced climbers. Taught by instructors trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), this camp delivers the finest climbing in New England and engages students in the development of a progression of skills tailored to their specific climbing goals. The White Mountain School is an AMGA accredited rock climbing program with trained climbing instructors who adhere to a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio to ensure the correct level of challenge, guidance, and safety for all participants. LEARN THE SPORT OF ROCK CLIMBING AT LEGENDARY CLIFFS IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE WHILE HAVING A BLAST!

Department Director: Ben Mirkin

White Mountain Climbing Camp

July 07, 2012 to July 15, 2012

White Mountain Climbing Camp focuses on the fundamentals of rock climbing through a low student-to-instructor ratio. Students ages 12-16 learn the basics and then embark on adventures at large cliffs. Ultimately, students experience the freedom of climbing rock in the mountains and have a blast!

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2012
Tuition: $1,650
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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White Mountain Climbing Camp

July 15, 2012 to July 21, 2012

White Mountain Climbing Camp focuses on the fundamentals of rock climbing through a low student-to-instructor ratio. Students ages 12-16 learn the basics and then embark on adventures at large cliffs. Ultimately, students experience the freedom of climbing rock in the mountains and have a blast!

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2012
Tuition: $1,295
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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