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NMH Mission

Education for the Head, Heart, and Hand

Northfield Mount Hermon engages the intellect, compassion, and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose.

Creating an Innovative, Compassionate School Culture

At Northfield Mount Hermon, our mission is to “engage the intellect, compassion, and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose.” The NMH Board of Trustees developed and approved that statement in 2009, and it still guides us today.

This mission statement isn’t just words on paper. It’s part of everything we do. Every single day. We embrace NMH students for who they are today and we challenge them to do more tomorrow. 

On our coed, private prep school campus, creativity and intellectual curiosity flourish. Hard work is rewarded. And students graduate understanding the importance of their contributions, both in their own communities and out in the larger world. 

In short, NMH’s well-grounded education lays the foundation for a purposeful life.

Living Our Mission

Education for the Head, Heart, and Hand

NMH has a holistic teaching and learning culture that helps students become hands-on problem-solvers, compassionate thinkers, and effective communicators. We think of it as education for the head, heart, and hand.

Rigorous College-Prep Academics

Our innovative academic curriculum offers a wide range of more than 200 courses to choose from, the support of excellent teachers, and unlimited intellectual challenge.

Explore and Enjoy

It’s not all work at NMH. There’s also fun, thanks to our extensive roster of dynamic, creative student life activities and volunteer opportunities.

Room to Grow

Students leave NMH with new knowledge and skills, and much more. Transformative experiences and responsibilities include the work program, social-justice programs, global study journeys, and sustainability projects.

Discover New Ways of Thinking

NMH provides opportunities for and encouragement of spiritual development through exploring religious traditions, the varied experiences of the diverse student community, and the natural world surrounding our Massachusetts campus.

Core Values

Students, faculty, and staff at NMH look to a set of core values for guidance and inspiration: excellence, respect, integrity, persistence, creativity, and teamwork. We practice egalitarian ideals, especially honesty, civility, hopefulness, curiosity, and tenacity.

Learn, Then Act

NMH has cultivated a community of individuals who are willing and able to be meaningful contributors rather than mere consumers. That’s the “act with humanity and purpose” part of our mission statement. 

We’re All in This Together

The NMH community embraces diversity in all its forms. We challenge attitudes that are in conflict with genuine multiculturalism, equity, and social justice.