Head of School's Welcome

Portrait of Peter FayroianOn behalf of my colleagues and the students of Northfield Mount Hermon, I'm happy to welcome you to our website.

While it serves only as a window into the wondrous teaching and learning that occurs here at NMH, I'm confident that this glimpse will portray a community that "engages the intellect, compassion, and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose."

Our commitment to this mission is as evident now as it was more than 130 years ago, when D.L. Moody founded two schools in these beautiful hills to educate young men and women from this country and around the world. How we go about educating our students has, appropriately, changed over the past century to meet the needs of students in an ever-shifting educational climate. The reason we exist as a school has not.

We educate the heads, hearts, and hands of our students. The stories they tell of their experiences, as Northfield alumnae, Mount Hermon alumni, as NMH graduates of two campuses or as residents of our current consolidated campus, resonate in and between these proud buildings above the Connecticut River.

I hope you enjoy meandering through our website, and I invite you to step onto campus to see the real work and joy of teaching and learning. What happens inside our classrooms and gymnasiums, across the fields and on our stages, on our farm and out in the world, is as unique and magical as our campus setting. I look forward to seeing you here.

Peter B. Fayroian
Head of School

A bird's eye view

Taylor King

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

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

Mary Hefner

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


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


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


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