Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at NMH is one of the federally funded TRIO programs (Department of Education) designed to provide low-income students with the skills and motivation they need to succeed in high school and in college.

Summer Academy (mid-June to early August)

87 students from Holyoke, Springfield, and Franklin County attend the six-week Summer Academy on the NMH campus. Students take a challenging course of study (30 hours of classes per week) designed to develop and strengthen English, math, science, and world language skills.

Students learn study, test taking, and college application strategies. They participate in athletic and cultural trips and activities. Our curriculum and activities have a strong social justice focus. Students live in dorms, preparing them for college life. All services are free and most transportation is provided. Fee waivers are provided for college and financial aid applications. Parents/guardians support the program through involvement in activities and meetings, and at fundraising events.

Academic-Year Program (September–May)

Weekly academic advising is provided to students at their schools. Tutoring is provided twice a week in each school. Classes on SAT prep, critical thinking, college search, college visits, interviewing skills, and financial aid are offered throughout the year. Intensive assistance is provided to students and parents throughout the college and financial aid application process. Students participate in 50 hours of community service each year.

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Camryn Crocker

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

Hugh Silbaugh

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Becca Malloy

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Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Eugene

“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 

Connor

“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."

Taneyah

“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 

Anna

“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”

Miles

"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."

Leighlani

"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."

Noah

"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”

Ayleen

“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 

Tayhee

“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”

Marissa

"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”

Olivia

"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”

Aksorn

“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."

Maggie

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.”

Abby

"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."

Ngone

“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”

Eli
Eli

“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 

Kevin

“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”

Isabella

“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”

Melvin

“There is a community here that cares about you.”