Work Program

Every student at NMH participates in our work program.

That means they take on a four-hour-per-week "workjob" that usually changes each term. It could be baking cookies in the dining hall kitchen, giving campus tours to prospective students, managing a sports team, or doing chores on the farm. Older students are eligible for leadership jobs that last the entire school year, and day students are given the option of working over the summer.

Workjob supervisors assess each student’s attendance, enthusiasm, and productivity, and “passing” workjob is a graduation requirement. We take this seriously!

Schools across the country have started to adopt pieces of NMH's program, but it’s been going strong here since the school’s beginnings in 1879. Founder D.L. Moody wanted to build a community of people who respected and provided for one another, and we hold on to that value today.

Each workjob that a student performs is a vital part of the school’s operation. We believe that preparing meals, keeping classrooms clean, or organizing school events are important hands-on lessons. And while some schools only ask students who receive financial aid to work, we insist that all our students participate. (Yes, Saudi princes have washed dishes in our kitchen.)

It’s true that some students grumble at first. But in the words of a recent graduate who spoke at Commencement: “We should believe the little voice inside each of us that says, 'I can do this. NMH prepared me for anything.’ Seven a.m. workjob? Yeah, that’s what that was for.”

Got an idea for a cool workjob that matches your interests? Students can suggest ideas to the director of work and service learning.

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