Clubs & Organizations

Students in computer science club

Maybe you want to send a weather balloon into space, or bake cupcakes, or play the piano.

Maybe you're a singer, or concerned with animal welfare, or interested in sports journalism. Or maybe you want to explore your spiritual side, be it Muslim, Catholic, or Jewish. There are clubs and organizations doing all of these things at Northfield Mount Hermon. Our annual Activities Fair offers almost as many intriguing choices as our course catalog.

Not only are student clubs a great way to pursue an interest you already have, they’re a great way to try something totally new with people who want to see you succeed. Maybe you've never spoken a single word into a microphone; you'll get all the training you need to work at the NMH radio station. Or theater may be completely alien to you, but we'll find you the perfect role, onstage or behind the scenes. And anybody can run for Student Congress.

NMH faculty get involved, too; they're enthusiastic, supportive collaborators. And even if you take a leap and start your own group, you'll be sure to find other students ready to join you.

Current student clubs, affinity groups, and other organizations


  • A Cappella Ensembles: The Nellies, a female group; Hogappella, a male group; and Northfield Mount Harmony, a coed group; all perform at on- and off-campus events. Membership is by audition.
  • Chamber Orchestra: selected symphony orchestra string players augmented occasionally by solo winds. Members are also part of the symphony orchestra.
  • Chamber Music Club: Brings together instrumentalists and vocalists to play in groups of three or four.
  • Concert Band: large ensemble open to any wind, brass, or percussion player. The group performs standard concert band repertoire, marches, and popular arrangements.
  • Concert Choir: 100+ member, mixed-voice choir open to all students; no experience necessary. The choir sings a wide variety of literature, including folk, classical, and multicultural.
  • Jazz Ensemble: advanced music group that plays a standard repertoire of big band, jazz rock, and modern jazz such as Ellington, Goodman, Hancock, and Marsalis. All members of the Jazz Ensemble must be in Concert Band or Symphony Orchestra.
  • NMH Pianists: students who perform across on and off campus throughout the year. Membership is by audition.
  • NMH Singers: selected singers who are also members of Concert Choir. The NMH Singers perform a broad repertoire and have several off-campus performances each year, including Family Days and Vespers.
  • Select Women’s Ensemble (SWE): selected female singers who are also members of Concert Choir. SWE performs a broad repertoire and has several off-campus performances each year, including during Family Days, Vespers, and Sacred Concert. This group works on building repertoire, vocal technique, sight reading, and choral skills.
  • Senior and Junior Dance Companies: coed, auditioned groups whose dancers learn modern, ballet, improvisation, and jazz. Three productions are held each year in the Rhodes Arts Center.
  • Symphony Orchestra: NMH's largest instrument ensemble, open to all string players and selected wind, brass, and percussion players. The orchestra performs in three special events each year: Family Days Concert, Pops Concert, and Sacred Concert.
  • Theater Lab Board: aspires to increase student involvement in on-campus theater by offering low time-commitment activities such as the 24-hour play project, staged readings, and improv. nights.
  • Theater Program: Major productions are presented at least twice a year, in addition to smaller-scale performances. Students perform at the Rhodes Arts Center.
  • World Music Combo is a small ensemble that studies and performs a variety of world music styles. This group performs several times a year both on and off campus, including at Family Days and the fall World Music Combo workshop.


  • The Bridge, one of two student newspapers, covers school events, activities, and issues, and presents views on local, national, and world issues. The Bridge has positions for news, sports, and feature writers; photographers; reviewers of books, films, recordings, and concerts; editorial writers; satirists; columnists; artists and cartoonists; layout people; and circulation and advertising staffers.
  • Gemini: The school yearbook is compiled and edited by students in the fall and winter terms and distributed in the spring. The new staff does a spring-term supplement for fall distribution.
  • The Hermonite is a student-run, biweekly publication originally established in 1888 as the student newspaper of the Mount Hermon School for Boys and resurrected in 2010. The hybrid newspaper-magazine provides news, commentary, and satire about the issues of the NMH community and beyond. The Hermonite reflects the views of its student contributors, not Northfield Mount Hermon as an institution.
  • Mandala: The NMH art and literary magazine showcases a variety of quality visual art forms as well as an equal variety of written expression. All students, faculty, and other members of the NMH community are invited to submit material. Staff positions are filled by students who possess sound critical judgment, work well to reach consensus, and who are dedicated to seeking the best work possible. The staff conducts its evaluation of material according to stated criteria.


  • Asian American Students Association (AASA) is an affinity group for students who identify as Asian American, providing a space for conversation and community.
  • The Brothers is focused on developing leadership, solidarity, and support networks for male students of color.
  • Chinese Student Association (CSA) is mostly made up of NMH Chinese students from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan. An important goal of the CSA is to arrange activities and events, celebrate important Chinese festivals, and provide mutual support and a friendly exchange of information and assistance, and share their culture with the NMH community.
  • Circle of Sisters (COS) This affinity group for women who identify as multicultural aims to promote diversity by educating and supporting women of color.
  • The Girl Effect works with girls and those around them to create active champions of a world in which all girls reach their full potential and the cycle of poverty is broken.
  • Indonesian Students Association is an affinity group for students from Indonesia or with Indonesian heritage.
  • Korean Student Association is an affinity group that meets monthly to have a great time together. Any student with a cultural and/or ethnic Korean background is welcome.
  • South Asian Student Association (SASA) members celebrate South Asian culture through food, movies, music, etc.
  • Spanish and Latino/a Students Association (SaLSA) promotes awareness of Latino/a and Hispanic cultures. Students gather to share personal stories and take on issues that they may face as individuals and as a community. They also organize social events that are representative of the diverse cultures within the Latino/a communities.
  • Student Diversity Committee helps plan events to promote intercultural respect and acceptance, including several diversity "summits" every year and an annual campus-wide Diversity Day of workshops and performances.
  • Third-Culture Kid Affinity Group aims to create and enforce a supportive community for third-culture kids, and give students with complicated cultural backgrounds an environment in which to connect, communicate with, and understand others who have had similar experiences.
  • Vietnamese Student Association aims to provide a supportive and welcoming space for students with Vietnamese heritage and/or interest in Vietnam to maintain and promote Vietnamese culture and tradition within NMH.
  • Youth Initiative, an Asian American advocacy group, increases dialogue on Asian American issues and raises awareness of the challenges Asian Americans face.


  • Amnesty International works to promote and protect the rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Animal Activist Club, through fundraising and volunteering, aims to raise awareness for the humane treatment of animals, cultivate empathy amongst the student body, and give back to the greater community.
  • Cancer Support Team strives to raise both awareness about the many types of cancer and money for cancer research.
  • End the Silence of Relationship Violence Advocacy Group: Aims to educate the community about relationship violence and toxic relationships through dialogue and events to raise awareness.
  • Found Threads: Aims to create an community based around adoption to raise awareness in the NMH community and to provide support for other adoptees.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) aims to create a safe space for students to meet, socialize, and discuss issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, the GSA seeks to raise both an international and domestic awareness by providing resources, support, and events.
  • Getting Ahead of Global Epidemics (GAGE) aims to raise awareness about epidemics around the world, from ones that hit close to home (like diabetes) to others that affect millions of people around the globe (like malaria).
  • Green Cup Challenge: builds community involvement around February’s inter-dorm competition to reduce carbon use, through events, education and creative motivation.
  • Me to We Club: this group’s stated goal is nothing less than to change the world, in ways that students can manage.
  • Operation Happy Birthday: Members spread happiness by helping low-income community residents celebrate their birthdays.
  • NMH Outreach participants volunteer in a variety of community projects and programs that range from long-term commitments—such as working with small children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program—to programs like Community Meals that occur once per term. Students also participate in special one-day events.
  • The Prejudice Project: aims to reduce prejudice, especially Islamophobia, by educating local elementary school students about the importance of acceptance.
  • Project Joybells: Members provide education and resources for, and raise awareness about, the children of Joybells Orphanage in India. (NMH also organizes regular community service trips to Joybells.)


  • Atheist/Secular Humanist Students Association Provides a place for students who identify as atheist, agnostic, or secular humanist to gather, talk about experiences, and plan events.
  • Breakaway: This independent Christian student happening welcomes all students regardless of their beliefs.
  • Interfaith Student Council: strives to raise awareness about religious and spiritual diversity on campus and to encourage interfaith conversations and interfaith-based service projects.
  • Jewish Students Alliance: Aims to create a space for Jewish identification and discussion through holiday celebrations and meetings.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: This group practices mindfulness meditation to bring more stillness, balance, and peace to our lives. Sessions include gentle yoga stretches followed by silent meditation and deep relaxation.
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA): Members gather to read the Quran, pray, connect with one another, educate others about Islam, and share the experience of being Muslim.
  • Nature-Centered Beliefs Group: gathers to appreciate the spiritual power and creative force that is particularly present in nature.
  • St. Edmund Campion League of Catholic Students: is a diverse group of students who identify as Roman Catholics, and those who wish to be affiliated with Catholic students.


  • Aerial Photography and Videography Club This group films in the sky, presenting the NMH campus, sport teams, and events artistically by using a drone to capture pictures and film.
  • Student Congress has a mission to improve academic and residential life at school by integrating student perspectives into the administrative process. Members are elected by their class; day student representatives are also elected.
  • Debate Society: The group trains members in the art of public speaking. Debaters test their skills against one another and in interscholastic competition.
  • The F Word: this club promotes feminism and gender equality/equity for both men and women.
  • The NMH Math Team strives to provide a place where anyone, regardless of skill level, can do math for the sheer joy of playing with numbers. It also provides a supportive competition environment, fielding very strong teams in a number of venues every year.
  • Model United Nations: The Model UN offers participants a taste of diplomacy. Students discuss present-day global issues while developing speaking and negotiation skills. NMH sends student delegates to conferences in Qatar, Jordan, and Greece, among other locations.
  • NMH Anglers Club: Members enjoy the natural beauty of the area while learning or fine-tuning their fishing skills.
  • NMH Investment Club: The group strives to teach students the benefits and art of investing.
  • Peer Educators receive training in health education to help their peers make healthy and safe choices. As Peer Eds, students serve as a resource for others and develop informative and interactive workshops.
  • Pokémon Trainers Association of NMH: aims to create a community of Pokémon enthusiasts who play the classic video games, play Pokemon Go, watch the show, collect the cards, etc.
  • Quiz Bowl: In this competitive, academic, interscholastic, trivia-style activity, players practice and may compete in tournaments.
  • Room to Read: members aim to raise awareness about literacy issues and provide financial assistance to the Room to Read international organization.
  • Science Club: In NMH’s makerspace, Science Club members collaborate on ideas they are passionate about in a supervised workshop atmosphere. Students can make anything they can dream up (except weapons).
  • Shark Club: Members work to protect and conserve the oceans and the life within them.
  • Stream News: aims to raise campus global awareness by providing students with daily one-sentence news summaries of important international affairs.
  • Student Alumni Association: members help build pride in the NMH student body through connecting current students with alumni, educating the community about philanthropy at NMH, and enhancing the student experience by providing ways to strengthen service and lifelong loyalty to NMH.
  • Super Smash Brothers Club: Members gather to play the game together.
  • WNMH Radio 106.7 FM: The school’s FM radio station broadcasts across campus and the tri-state area, with student DJs.
  • VVar: This group discusses the ethics, health, and environmental impact of a plant based/vegan diet, and cooks vegan food together.
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