About

Panoramic, aerial view of NMH campus

There are plenty of schools that teach “subjects.” Not many teach students to love learning. At Northfield Mount Hermon, we do.

We want students to think for fun. Indulge their curiosity. Collaborate and innovate. We want them to develop the kinds of creative minds they'll need to thrive in the 21st century.

At Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), we're proud of our motto:

Education for the head, heart, and hand.

We're proud to offer a balanced, multidimensional learning and living experience — a purposeful education that prepares students for today's world. And tomorrow's.

21 percent students of color

6:1 student-teacher ratio

23 percent international students

200 students volunteer each semester

67 sports teams

60 arts performances every year

1,353 campus acres

A purposeful education has three main elements: knowledge, opportunities, and citizenship. Through our distinctive College Model Academic Program (CMAP), we help students develop not only knowledge about the world, but also a love of learning that will serve them throughout their lifetimes. Our small classes (with a student-to-teacher ratio of six to one) allow the space and time for extended learning and in-depth exploration of subject matter. Students take three major courses each semester, which adds up to six challenging college-preparatory courses per year.

Learning continues outside the classroom, through an extensive array of athletic, artistic, and extracurricular opportunities. Students develop skills, confidence, and a sense of collaboration. Along the way, each and every student is supported by what we call the Partnership of 12 — a network of adults always ready to help.

A few nuts and bolts: We're a coed boarding 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, and hone the ones they already possess. We're a secular school that affirms religious diversity.

Our 60-plus 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 keeps students invested in the community and deepens their educational experience.

After NMH, students move on to college — including some of the finest in the nation — and into the world with confidence. They are curious, inspired, motivated. They are ready.

A bird's eye view

Rob Werner ‘79

This environmental lobbyist wants to talk to you about climate change.

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles
Mitike

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.

Ryan

“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”

Josh

In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.

David

"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 

Lila

"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."

Ismini

"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."

Noah

"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."

Isaac

"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."

Yvonne

 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."

David

“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”

Maggie

Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”

Abby

"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."

Ngone

“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”

Eli
Eli

“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 

Kevin

“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”

Isabella

“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”

Melvin

“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles