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Classroom from Boarding High School in Western MA


The Northfield Mount Hermon humanities program has three dimensions.

The three-dimension approach includes a core program for the first two grade levels, consisting of required interdisciplinary courses that integrate English, history, and religious studies; an elective program offering interdisciplinary courses for upper-level students; and discipline-specific courses. All humanities courses emphasize the mastery and application of critical-thinking skills and effective writing.

In the ninth and tenth grades, students explore the humanities through paired courses that are taught collaboratively by a teacher from each discipline. The teachers coordinate the curriculum to create an interdisciplinary learning experience that transcends the individual classroom. Ninth-grade students take a two-credit interdisciplinary program consisting of Ninth-Grade English and Introduction to Religious Studies. In the sophomore year, students take a two-credit interdisciplinary program consisting of Topics in World History and Religions of the World. This sophomore program is required of new sophomores.

For more information and to see course descriptions, see the Curriculum Guide.

Nhu Hoang

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

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

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

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."