Recent Successes

NMH Upward Bound is celebrating 50 years of service to our local communities.

The program was awarded a five-year grant by the Department of Education in May of 2012 in an extremely competitive national grant process. Additional funding for the program comes from the Edwin S. Webster Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Upward Bound students have made impressive gains:

  • 100% of the 2015 seniors achieved proficiency in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessments (MCAS)
  • 95% of students showed an increase of at least 20 points on SAT verbal and math sections. Many students increased their combined scores by 150-200 points.
  • 94% of students served were retained or graduated from high school
  • 90% of seniors enrolled in a program of postsecondary education
  • 93% of participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.
  • Upward Bound Alumni are excelling in every field including engineering, computer sciences, transportation, law, education, politics, business, health careers, and social services.
  • Parents/guardians have helped raise more than $30,000 to help with unmet need. Last year each graduate was given a small scholarship to help with college costs.
  • Recent graduates (2006-2016) are attending many colleges including Wesleyan University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Wheaton College, Western New England University, Mount Holyoke College, Ithaca College, Bennington College, DePauw University, and UMass-Amherst, as well as many other Massachusetts state colleges, universities, and community colleges.

Every year we turn away up to 50 qualified students because of inadequate funding. Many eligible and motivated students who really need the services are excluded because of limited funding.

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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
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