Center for Academic Strategies & Achievement

The mission of the Center for Academic Strategies and Achievement (CASA) is to nurture self-knowledge, self-advocacy, and self-efficacy in order to increase academic confidence and efficiency.

Students work individually with an academic coach for 60 minutes per week, free of charge.

CASA’s academic coaching model revolves around strategy instruction to boost test preparation, note taking, reading comprehension, and written expression; particular attention is paid to executive skills including time management, organization, and goal setting. Through this work, CASA helps students understand better how they learn and what they need in order to be more efficient, successful scholars. For more information or to make a self-referral, interested students should contact CASA director, Margaret van Baaren.

For subject-specific help, students are encouraged to meet with their teachers for extra help and attend the writing, math, and science help centers that are open in the evenings during study hall. If a student needs support beyond this, a subject-specific tutor can be put in place for a cost. Students can access the tutor lists through their advisors.

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

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


“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.”


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


"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." 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.”


"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!’”


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


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


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


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

Student Profiles