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Work Program

Every student at NMH participates in our work program.

That means they take on a four-hour-per-week "workjob" that usually changes each term. It could be baking cookies in the dining hall kitchen, giving campus tours to prospective students, managing a sports team, or doing chores on the farm. Older students are eligible for leadership jobs that last the entire school year, and day students are given the option of working over the summer.

Workjob supervisors assess each student’s attendance, enthusiasm, and productivity, and “passing” workjob is a graduation requirement. We take this seriously!

Schools across the country have started to adopt pieces of NMH's program, but it’s been going strong here since the school’s beginnings in 1879. Founder D.L. Moody wanted to build a community of people who respected and provided for one another, and we hold on to that value today.

Each workjob that a student performs is a vital part of the school’s operation. We believe that preparing meals, keeping classrooms clean, or organizing school events are important hands-on lessons. And while some schools only ask students who receive financial aid to work, we insist that all our students participate.

It’s true that some students grumble at first. But in the words of a recent graduate who spoke at Commencement: “We should believe the little voice inside each of us that says, 'I can do this. NMH prepared me for anything.’ Seven a.m. workjob? Yeah, that’s what that was for.”

Got an idea for a cool workjob that matches your interests? Students can suggest ideas to the director of work and service learning.

Nhu Hoang

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

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

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

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."