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Cut corners? No, thanks.

Gaelin Kingston remembers exactly what got him excited about attending NMH. On a visit to campus a few years ago, he sat in on a World Religions class, and marveled at how happy and relaxed the students were as they discussed what seemed like “really big concepts” — and also at how interested the teacher was in everything the students had to say. “It felt like they were a team, and she was the...More

New Northfield Campus Owners Share Plans

 Preservation of buildings and Moody’s legacy are top priorities for the new owners of NMH’s former Northfield campus. June 21, 2017 — During a celebratory event held on May 2, the new owners of Northfield Mount Hermon’s former Northfield campus expressed deep appreciation for the historic significance of the property while sharing publicly details about their plans for the campus. The event,...More

Meet a Student: Isabella DeHerdt

Isabella DeHerdt arrived at NMH rocking red combat boots. Determined, she says, to be “unapologetically myself,” she also secretly wondered whether she would fit in. Four years later, she says, “You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.” At age 4, Isabella started playing violin. At 8, she was taking vocal and guitar lessons. At 11, she started the indie trio Kalliope Jones...More

Xiaoxian “Lily” Lin: Learning to Think Independently

Before Xiaoxian “Lily” Lin arrived at NMH, she’d been a high-achieving middle-schooler in Guangzhou, China, where she did lots of memorizing. “With the education at home, there was almost always a correct answer, even when we were learning about literature,” she says. So at NMH, in her ninth-grade Humanities class, she found her first essay assignment a struggle. “My teachers told me to use my...More

Meet an NMH Student: Melvin Mercado

Melvin Mercado came to NMH from the hustle-and-bustle Bronx, so it was a big transition when he traded the Big Apple for NMH, “where sometimes the only thing you can hear is the wind,” he says. Melvin admits that it was a hard adjustment, though now he sees that rural areas have their own benefits. “Yesterday I spent three hours doing homework sitting in the sun, and there’s a lot of free space...More

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