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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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Taylor King

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

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

Mary Hefner

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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!’”