Choosing a School

The process of selecting an independent school can be challenging.

Researching schools, visiting your top choices, trying to imagine where you will be happiest (and most successful), and deciding where to enroll — it's all pretty daunting. That's why we're providing an insider's look at the process. Our experts offer advice on how to begin, what questions to ask, and how to find the right match. We work with teenagers like you and families like yours every day — and we love what we do. Feel free to contact us for even more insights, and let us help you find your future school.

Portrait of Claude Anderson, dean of enrollmentSteer the Interview Your Way with These 10 Tips.
Interviewing can make you feel nervous, but that's a good sign. It means you care about doing well. Your admission counselor is there to put you at ease. Take a deep breath and enjoy the conversation. Read more from Dean of Enrollment Claude Anderson.

Portrait of Dean of Faculty Hugh SilbaughChoosing a Boarding School? Weigh These 5 Factors. All boarding schools claim close student-faculty relationships and strong academic programs. To find a truly great match for a student, families should study what sets a school apart. Read more from Dean of Teaching and Learning Hugh Silbaugh.

Portrait of Dean of Students Nicole Hager Get the Big Picture: What Goes on Outside the Classroom? Boarding schools offer a wide variety of cocurricular activities. Make sure you ask the hard questions and press for honest answers. Read more from Dean of Students Nicole Hager.

A bird's eye view

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!’”

60 arts performances every year
1,353 campus acres
200 students volunteer each semester
67 sports teams
6:1 student-teacher ratio