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, inspirational place to live and learn — those are givens, too. But look more closely and consider what sets us apart from other schools.

College-Model Academic Program (CMAP)

Our schedule gives faculty the time and flexibility to provide the richest possible educational experience. Students take three major courses each semester, spending more time in class with teachers and peers, which allows for more meaningful discussion and hands-on projects. Not only do students better understand course material, they also get a glimpse of what a college schedule will feel like.

International Programs

Some of NMH’s most exciting opportunities are nowhere near campus; they’re in Brazil, China, France, Morocco, Ghana, India, Uruguay, and New Zealand. Our philosophy is that if you study the language, history, literature, or 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 and summer. Either way, these journeys are life-changing.

Partnership of 12

Each NMH student has at least 12 adults supporting their learning and growth — it's called the Partnership of 12. Made up of classroom teachers, coaches, deans, advisors, "workjob" supervisors, and dorm parents, this constellation of adults works together to support students in their academic, social, and athletic lives at NMH.

Work Program

Our goal of educating students’ heads, hearts, and hands means we expect them to do more than show up for class and do their homework. The work program gets students involved in the actual operation of the campus, and 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.

The NMH Farm

On our working farm, students can stroke the fuzzy nose of a horse, pick raspberries, or maybe milk a cow and make ice cream. During "sugaring" season in March, there are gallons of sap to collect and plenty of fresh maple syrup to taste-test!

Upward Bound

NMH's commitment to opportunity education began with the founding of the school. Since the 1960s, that ideal has been embodied here through the Upward Bound Program, which prepares talented low-income students for college.

A bird's eye view

Ryan Chilcote ’91

From coal miners in Ukraine to President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, this journalist will ask anyone anything.

Paul Haagen ’68

He helps young athletes from college to the pros, but he’s not a coach. He’s a lawyer.

Rob Werner ’79

This environmental lobbyist wants to talk to you about climate change.

Nhu Hoang

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

Tabatha Collins

Struggling in a class doesn't mean that you are not good at it.

Camryn Crocker

I ask myself, “What would I want if I were a student here?”

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

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

Hugh Silbaugh

"I’m a teacher and a dean. Teaching always comes first."

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

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!’”