Message from Our Head of School
At Northfield Mount Hermon, we celebrate our tradition of student achievement in and outside the classroom. We focus on our mission to empower students to act with humanity and purpose in all endeavors. We center on our values: inclusivity, learning for life, and service. And as we invest in each student’s exploration of their best selves, we ask them to honor our mission and values at every step in their journey.
Our longstanding commitment to scholar-athletes reflects our belief in nurturing the whole person and giving our students every opportunity to be their best selves. For some students, this means pursuing athletic passions right alongside our rigorous academic program. We support this path, and our record of individual and team achievements reflects this commitment.
We respect that many students want to focus — or specialize — in a sport of their choice. While we compete in 17 varsity sports and encourage students to participate in more than one sport, we provide scholar-athletes the ability to focus their interest, with more than half of our sports offering substantial training and development during the school year. Students also benefit from the flexibility offered in a boarding school program, with free periods for individual workouts and time with our strength and fitness coach in the Calagione Fitness Center. We also provide numerous in-season opportunities for students to compete in tournaments and showcases. Finally, many of our teams compete at the highest levels of competition in NEPSAC league play and in tournament play against schools from around the country.
Being a scholar-athlete at NMH requires a great deal of our students, too. We ask all students to engage deeply in our academic program and contribute as full community members. Our College Model Academic Program challenges students to strive for academic excellence as they embrace experiential learning, collaboration, and deep engagement in and out of structured time in class. We also require all students to hold an NMH Workjob every term and encourage interested students to pursue service and leadership opportunities across campus. Quite simply, the pursuit of academic excellence and community engagement stand as hallmarks for all NMH students.
At Northfield Mount Hermon, we accept our shared responsibility to be a collective force for good in the world. We equip our students with the tools and knowledge to solve emerging problems. And we ground our students with the understanding that they have a responsibility to serve and lead in their communities around the world.
Brian H. Hargrove