If English is not your native language, coming to Northfield Mount Hermon is an excellent way to perfect your skills while participating in a demanding academic curriculum.

Our English as a Second Language courses give you the tools you need to read novels, write papers, and excel at taking tests; all in English. Our ESL courses combine traditional forms of instruction with communicative activities that will challenge and engage you. There will be class discussions, skits, role playing, and videotaped performances. You'll have cultural lessons and go on field trips. The learning is interesting and designed to help you gain confidence quickly.

With our incredibly diverse student body, you'll have lots of opportunities to use your English, not just with native speakers, but with classmates from all over the world. And you can join international and multicultural groups that are involved in plenty of social, political, and educational activities.

The ESL teachers at NMH are experienced and energetic. Their main goal is to help you make the transition to our mainstream classes and become successful with your English. They're happy to take the time to go over your writing, review some grammar, or just talk to you. That's because at NMH, our instructors feel that they (and the world!) shouldn't just understand what you're saying. They want to understand who you are.

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

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