Summer Reading

Welcome to the NMH Summer Reading Program.

Summer reading expectations at NMH are divided into two categories: reading students do for their English courses, and reading students do to participate in a discussion group early in the academic year.

The books required for English courses are designed to introduce students to and help them prepare for the academic challenges they will face in each course. These readings are integral to the classroom experience, and it is important that students read with intention, take meaningful notes, and think about the important characteristics of the work on their own before they return to school.

The books for the discussion groups were selected by the members of the NMH faculty and staff. Students have a limited choice of what they read, except for members of the incoming ninth-grade class, who read a book in common.

The goal of the book groups is to get people with common interests in a room to discuss a book at length. It is no less important for students to read with close attention to detail. Students will be evaluated based on thoughtful participation in the discussion group. In order to keep the discussion groups small, book choices will be eliminated as the groups fill.

The reading assignments, both for English and the school-wide book initiative, are based on grade level. Please see the link below for more information.

10th Grade through Postgraduate Summer Reading

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