Campus Safety

Our students and faculty abide by a well-established set of community standards, which are spelled out in the student handbook and frequently discussed in dormitory and advisory-group meetings.

Every rule and expectation exists to ensure safety and a sense of well-being on the NMH campus, and we have zero tolerance for any behavior that could be perceived as a threat.

All dormitories are equipped with a key card security system. Only students, faculty, and staff have key cards to access the dormitories. Male students only have access to male dorms, and female students only have access to female dorms. Students are not permitted to gain entrance into the dorms between the hours of midnight and 6 am or during school vacations. All dormitory rooms are locked by key; each student is issued one key specific to their room. Tampering with a key card, or any security or fire safety measure, is grounds for significant discipline.

We conduct one lockdown drill each year. Three times a year, we conduct fire-safety drills in the dorms and academic classrooms and inspections of all student rooms. These room inspections are performed by local fire officials and associate deans. Students know these inspections will happen, but they are not informed of when they will happen; they understand that they will be subject to disciplinary action should any rule violation be discovered.

To ensure communication during a crisis, NMH has in place a school-wide siren system, as well as a school-wide communication system (Connect-Ed) to alert community members — via text message and/or voicemail — to emergencies that require immediate attention, such as a lockdown or shelter-in-place scenario.

Underlying all of these procedures is NMH’s strong support network that connects every student to adults who know him/her well. Advisors, dorm staff, teachers, coaches — if any one of these adults has a concern about a student, s/he shares it with others in the student’s circle, and involve the deans’ office and/or health center staff if necessary, to establish a wider base of support and provide the appropriate care.

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