At Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), our motto is education for the head, heart, and hand. We offer a balanced and multidimensional learning and living experience, resulting in a purposeful education that prepares students for our 21st-century world.
What constitutes a purposeful education? At NMH, we interpret that as having three main elements: Knowledge, Opportunities, and Citizenship. Through our distinctive College Model Academic Program (CMAP), we help students develop not only a knowledge base, but also a true love of learning that will serve them well across a lifetime. Within small classes (teacher-student ratio of 1:7), the CMAP system makes way for extended learning sessions that allow for in-depth exploration of subject matter. Students take three major courses each semester—adding up to six challenging college-preparatory courses per year.
Learning is also achieved through the diverse and extensive network of out-of-classroom opportunities we offer our students. Through these opportunities, you will develop skills, confidence, and a solid sense of citizenship. To foster this development, you will take advantage of a constellation of at least a dozen adults who will always be there for you. This model is called the Partnership of Twelve.
NMH is a nondenominational coed boarding and day school serving 650 students in grades nine through 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, hone the ones they already possess, and locate a sense of purpose that lends meaning to life.
Our 61 sports teams and more than a dozen performing-arts groups keep students busy after classes, as do a multitude of student-led clubs and organizations and volunteer-service projects. All students participate in the school’s work program, which could mean they do chores on the farm, lead tours of the campus for visitors, clean up in the dining hall, or help out in campus offices. This aspect of life at NMH helps students stay invested in the community, deepens their educational experience, and confirms the dignity of honest work.
After NMH, students move on to college—including some of the finest in the nation—and into the world with academic confidence and, again, a sense of purpose. They are curious, inspired, motivated. They are ready.