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

Amy Domini '68

A socially-responsible investor before the world knew what that meant.

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
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