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Distinctive Programs

NMH students are challenged in the classroom — that’s a given.

Our teachers are experts in their fields, and our campus is a comfortable, collaborative place to live and learn — those are givens, too. But look closer. Consider what sets us apart from other top New England prep schools.

NMH’s Distinctive Programs

College-Model Academic Program (CMAP)

Our academic philosophy  and structure are designed to give you an intellectual edge. 

Longer Class Periods

NMH classes last 80 minutes. That’s nearly twice as long as classes at most other high schools, both public and private. Our schedule gives faculty the time and flexibility to create the richest possible educational experience for students. So there’s time for small- and large-group work, discussions and debates, peer-review, lab work, hands-on projects, and applying academic theories to real-world issues.

Take More Major Courses per Year

You will take six major courses each year — rather than the typical five at most other schools. That means more possibility, more choice. You’ll get strong preparation in math, English, science, history, and world languages — and have the space to explore visual and performing arts, religious studies and philosophy, and more advanced studies in the areas you’re passionate about.

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Innovative International Programs

Some of NMH’s most exciting opportunities are nowhere near our New England campus. They’re in Brazil, China, France, South Africa, Ghana, India, Uruguay, and New Zealand. Our philosophy is that if you study the language, history, literature, and culture of another country, you’ll understand it much better if you actually go there. Some of our international programs are incorporated into academic-year courses; others are stand-alone trips that take place during spring break or summer. Either way, these journeys are life-changing.

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Partnership of 12: Your Support System

The Partnership of 12 is a unique program among boarding schools. We developed it to support students better — with more connection and compassion. You can stand strong because you know the NMH community has got your back. You will have at least 12 adults supporting your learning and growth — that’s the “Partnership of 12.” They are classroom teachers, coaches, deans, advisors, campus-work supervisors, and dorm parents. This constellation of adults works together to support you in all aspects of your life at NMH.

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Campus Work Program

Our holistic goal of educating students’ heads, hearts, and hands means we expect you to do more than show up for class and do your homework. The work program gets all students involved in the actual operation of the campus. There are dozens of different jobs to do: office work, kitchen cleanup, farm chores, or managing a sports team, among others. At NMH, everyone pitches in.

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The NMH Farm

On our working farm, students can stroke a horse’s fuzzy nose; pick strawberries; plant, tend, and harvest vegetables; or maybe make apple cider or ice cream. During “sugaring” season in March, there are gallons of sap to collect and plenty of fresh maple syrup to taste-test. You’ll eat some of what you raise, since many of the farm’s fresh herbs and vegetables are used in dining-hall meals.

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Upward Bound

NMH’s commitment to opportunity education began with the founding of the school. Since the 1960s, that ideal lives on, in part, through the Upward Bound Program. This federally funded program gives students the strong academic skills and motivation they need to succeed in high school and go on to college. 

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