College Prep Program

Our College Prep Program is all about focus. You’ll choose one subject, then dig deeply into it. Exploring. Questioning. Learning. And enjoying. Some courses cover a full academic-year's content, so you may earn credits and get a jump-start on college.

For students entering grades 10–12
June 27 to August 1, 2020



Inspiring teachers. Small classes. Real progress. It’s a learning environment that will draw you in and let your mind soar. You’ll have the time to embrace your chosen major-class subject, working with similarly motivated students who share your passion for the topic and supported by teachers who are truly there for you.

Each major class averages 10 students, and most have two teachers. The lead teacher brings experience at the secondary or college level, thorough knowledge of the subject, and the ability to work well with high-school students. The teaching intern is a college senior or recent graduate who knows the field and has demonstrated an interest in teaching. They work together to make the classroom a lively, challenging place where your mind matters.

By early August, you’ll likely be amazed by all you’ve accomplished in five weeks, and be excited about learning even more. You’ll have worked hard, learned a surprising amount, stretched your imagination, and experienced what a difference guidance from expert teachers can make in how and what you learn.

Our summer courses — such as U.S. history, the sciences, or mathematics — frequently satisfy the requirements for full-year courses at other schools! You can also build a firm foundation for further study or explore a topic for which there is no course offered at your academic-year school.

And the academic benefits are only part of the NMH Summer Session experience.


If you will enter grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall, and want to have a transformative educational experience, you are encouraged to apply for this program


Like all students in the College Prep Program, you’ll take one major course that meets for three hours on Monday through Saturday mornings. Major courses for which you may earn credit have an additional 1.5-hour session during the first half of the afternoon, four days per week. 

If you take a morning-only major course, you’ll also take a minor course during the first half of the afternoon, four days each week. 

You’ll also participate in a sport during the second half of the afternoon, four days per week. There are lots of choices, including mountain biking, Ultimate Frisbee, dance, and basketball.

Everyone spends a short period of time for a few days participating in the work program, doing chores that benefit the community. 

Each evening except Saturday, you’ll have a supervised study period in the dorms and the library to help you develop or reinforce good study habits. 

See the detailed daily schedule here.


Playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, country roads for cycling, and a natural environment give you lots of recreational opportunities. 

In your free time between dinner and the evening study period, you can play sports, join in other organized campus activities, or just relax. 

Weekend activities include dances, movies, and trips to Six Flags amusement park, whitewater rafting, Boston, New York City, and other places of interest.

Interested but need more information?

Get in touch! Our staff is here to help.

The New York Times visited NMH Summer Session


Summer Session Viewbook