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Rising Scholars

For students entering grades 7–9

Five-week program: July 1– Aug. 5, 2023

Three-week program: July 1–22, 2023

Experienced and supportive teachers.
Small classes.
Opportunities to gain confidence and knowledge. 

The Rising Scholars program will help you hone your academic skills in courses that most middle schools don’t offer, in small groups where you’ll get individual attention from expert teachers. Living in a dorm, you’ll grow personally, develop lifelong friendships, and become more confident and socially aware. 

Our enrichment-based curriculum focuses on the development of social, emotional and cognitive skills that will prepare you to succeed and make valuable contributions to the world around you. Don’t miss this chance at a life-changing opportunity. 

Three program options available:

  • Option 1: You’ll take two non-credit major courses. Each class meets for 75 minutes, Monday through Friday mornings. 

  • Option 2: You’ll take one full-credit math course (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II), which frequently satisfies full-year requirements at other schools. Classes are five weeks long and meet six days a week, all morning and the first half of the afternoon, Monday through Saturday (excluding Wednesday and Saturday afternoons).

  • Option 3: You’ll choose a three-week workshop from The World Around Us, Exploration of Physical Sciences, or Journalism (also available online). Workshops meet Monday through Friday mornings.

Extensive student activities programming is available on Wednesday afternoons and weekends for all on-campus students. Personal development workshops, where you’ll focus on developing skills, social awareness, a sense of community, and self confidence, are offered on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

View the daily Rising Scholars schedule.


Rising Scholars Program Offerings

Five-week Program

Morning Major Courses

First Period (8:30–9:45 am)                                

  • Forensic Science

  • Heroes & Villains

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Skills in Literature

  • Social Psychology

  • Sustainable Solutions

  • The Art of Writing

  • Theater

Second Period (10:15–11:30 am)

  • Field Biology

  • Marine Biology

  • Medieval History

  • Pandemics & Plagues Through History

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Studio Art

  • The Art of Writing

  • World of the Short Story

OR  Math Credit Course (8:30–11:30 am, plus 1–2:30 pm. Available online or on campus)

  • Algebra 1*+

  • Algebra 2*+

  • Geometry*+

* credit course
+ also available online (Virtual Math Academy, ESOL and Journalism)

Three-week Program

Morning Workshops (8:30–11:30 am)

  • The World Around Us

  • Exploration of Physical Sciences - FULL

  • Journalism (online or on campus)


Afternoon Options for Both Five- and Three-week Programs

Afternoon Period 1: Sports (1–2:30 pm)

  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Dance

  • Fitness & Strength Training

  • Hiking

  • Running

  • Soccer

  • Swimming

  • Tennis                  

  • Ultimate 

  • Volleyball

  • Yoga

Alternative to Sports: Summer Session Singers (made up of students from both the Rising Scholars and College Prep programs) 

Afternoon Period 2: Minor Courses (3–4:30 pm)

  • Astronomy

  • Ceramics

  • Community Service

  • Digital Photography

  • Drama

  • Drawing & Painting 

  • Learning Skills & Strategies

  • Practical Economics

  • Public Speaking

  • Renewable Energy

  • Robotics

LEAD Outdoor Leadership Program:

Alternatively, you may opt to take the Leadership, Education, Adventure & Discovery (LEAD) outdoor leadership program in place of the afternoon minor course and sports. Open to all grades, LEAD takes place every day from 1 to 5 pm. On- and off-campus activities include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, wildlife tracking/observations, and wilderness first aid, along with goal setting, personal reflection, and leadership training. One day a week, NMH partners with Earthwork Programs for outdoor classes that immerse students in nature with hands-on wilderness survival skills — shelter building, edible plant foraging, fire-making, stone tool making, and wood carving  — that build confidence, leadership, and resilience. 

There is an additional charge for LEAD of $650 (for three-week students) or $995 (for five-week students).

Make! meets in the Guild Fabrication Lab in NMH’s Gilder Center, a dynamic learning laboratory that supports each student’s curiosity and puts their imagination to work. Students work on hands-on projects that are scaffolded to provide entry points for all levels of knowledge and skills. Interdisciplinary instruction guides individual progress while also emphasizing a collaborative atmosphere, where brainstorming and discussion help everyone to succeed.  Our “high-tech to no-tech” approach incorporates a wide range of materials and tools, allowing us to meet students where they are as they grow in competency and confidence. Students share all aspects of their creative process, with each “failure” embraced as a necessary, valuable step on the road to achievement. Projects include drawing, woodworking, small-motors robotics, digital design work using at Glowforge laser cutter, and 3-D modeling and printing. 

“This has been such a great experience for my child, and I believe it will truly change the way he looks at education going forward. Based on what he has gained over the past three weeks, I would highly recommend NMH Summer Session to anyone.”




Call 413-498-3290 or email us.




Our child really enjoyed his time at NMH this summer. He made a lot of great friends, truly enjoyed the teachers, and gained a lot from his classes. This has been such a great experience for him, and I believe will truly change the way he looks at education going forward.”