At Northfield Mount Hermon, we want you to fall in love with the written word.

We want you to be hungry for reading and passionate about writing. So our English courses serve up an incredibly vast array of voices, styles, and assignments.

Whether you are reading ancient epics, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey or studying Langston Hughes and the works of the Harlem Renaissance, you'll learn to interpret texts skillfully through written analysis. These assignments, as well as essays, short stories, news articles, research papers, and poems, will hone your technical, critical, and creative skills.

Your English classes will also develop you as a thinker and as a member of the community. Through discussion and debate, you'll be asked to articulate your thoughts and reactions to readings. And, perhaps most importantly, you'll be asked to listen—thoughtfully and responsively. That's because at NMH, we believe it's absolutely vital to be exposed to a variety of opinions and perspectives, whether it comes from a world-famous author or the student sitting next to you.

Our English faculty is highly experienced. In fact, many of our teachers have lived and taught in other countries, which comes in handy for the international studies classes, in which you might read Turkish poetry or Irish short stories before heading off to Istanbul or Dublin. Our instructors also love what they teach, and their passions are fueled even further by the fact that they choose the readings they assign. Yes, it's a small thing and, after a time, you might even think it doesn't matter, that your teachers simply love reading everything. And hopefully by that point, so will you.

For more information, and to see course descriptions, see the English section of the online Curriculum Guide.

Gretel Schatz

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

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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
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