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.

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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

Ryan Chilcote ’91

From coal miners in Ukraine to President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, this journalist will ask anyone anything.

Paul Haagen ’68

He helps young athletes from college to the pros, but he’s not a coach. He’s a lawyer.

Rob Werner ’79

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

Nhu Hoang

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

Tabatha Collins

Struggling in a class doesn't mean that you are not good at it.

Camryn Crocker

I ask myself, “What would I want if I were a student here?”

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

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

Hugh Silbaugh

"I’m a teacher and a dean. Teaching always comes first."

Becca Malloy

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

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!’”