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.

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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