Summer Session

Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Session offers students opportunities to enrich, supplement, or accelerate their school-year education. We have an extensive, 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 student population is diverse and worldly; in the summer of 2014, 32 countries and 21 U.S. states were represented. Our talented faculty is assisted by 30 teaching interns to provide an outstanding experience for our students.
 
Through all aspects of our comprehensive program, our goal is to provide a valuable, life-changing experience for each student who joins us. For some students, 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 course work, 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.
 

2015 PROGRAMS

Middle School Program for students entering grades 7–9, College Prep Program for students entering grades 10–12, and English as a Second Language for students entering grades 7–12 offer credit and enrichment courses for approximately 270 students, boarding or day. Or students entering grades 9–12 may choose to experience the fun and delight of teaching young children as part of our Community Service in India program.

Our College Prep Program is unique in that students engage in intensive study of one major subject, six days per week, and thus can complete the work of a full-year course, and possibly earn credit, in just five weeks.

Middle School Program students take two half-morning major courses or one full-morning major course, six days per week.

English as a Second Language, with levels ranging from beginning to advanced, is for students who would like to spend the summer improving their English language skills. ESL classes meet for three hours, six mornings per week.

Classes in all three on-campus programs are small (10–12 students), with both a master teacher and a teaching intern. Students also have afternoon classes and sports, and there is required evening study time. Many on-campus activities and off-campus trips are offered during open times. More than 260 students (including 40 school-year NMH students) chose to participate last summer.
 

COURSE OFFERINGS

COLLEGE PREP MAJOR COURSES
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English
Academic Writing
Creative Writing
Literature and Composition*
Writing and the Outdoors

History and Social Sciences
U.S. History*
The Cold War
Economics*
Introduction to Psychology*

Mathematics
Algebra I*
Geometry*
Algebra II*
Precalculus*

Science
Biology*
Chemistry*
Physics*

The Arts
Theater* 

World Language
Beginning Chinese

* Each of these is the equivalent of a full-year, college-preparatory course. Because afternoon sessions are required for additional course work, students taking these courses do not take afternoon minor classes.
 

COLLEGE PREP MINOR COURSES
Ceramics
Community Service
Computer Programming
Digital Photography
Drama
Drawing and Painting 
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking
Renewable Energy
SAT Preparation
Summer Session Singers

COLLEGE PREP SPORTS
Badminton
Basketball
Dance
Mountain Biking
Running
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball
Weight Training and Fitness
 

MIDDLE SCHOOL MAJOR COURSES
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First Period
Writing
Skills in Literature
Heroes and Villains
Pre-Algebra
Field Biology
Beginning French
Theater

Second Period
Writing
The World of the Short Story
Pre-Algebra
Science Skills 
Geography
Beginning Spanish
Studio Art

Full Morning
Algebra I
Beginning Chinese
Writing and the Outdoors
 

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINOR COURSES
Ceramics
Community Service
Computer Skills
Digital Photography
Drama
Drawing and Painting
Renewable Energy
Robotics
SSAT Preparation

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
Dance
Sports