ESOL - Rising Scholars

If you want to improve your English skills, spend this summer in the USA, where everyone speaks the language. You’ll learn quickly, and have fun.

English for Speakers of Other Languages—Rising Scholars
For students entering grades 7–9
June 27 to August 1, 2020.


A Life-Changing Experience

NMH Summer Session offers a life-changing experience for international students like you. For five weeks, you’ll live, study, and have fun with others your age from all over the United States and around the world. This is your chance to sample life in America at a great boarding school. The atmosphere is like a summer camp, but with challenging academic courses.

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program will help you improve your English-language skills, whether you’re currently a beginner or already speak the language well. 

And, although you may be far away from your country and family, NMH’s friendly and supportive community will help you feel right at home.


You’ll take an English-language test when you arrive at NMH, so we can assign you to an ESOL class that will challenge, but not overwhelm, your current English skills. Classes are designed to give you practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. Group discussions, skits, role playing, and video complement traditional forms of instruction. 

Our ESOL teachers are experienced instructors, and small classes provide personal attention. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to practice your growing knowledge of English in a supportive environment.

Each ESOL class has an average of 10 students, and most have two teachers. The “lead teacher” has experience at the high-school or college level, a thorough knowledge of the subject, and the ability to work well students your age. The “teaching intern” is a college senior or recent graduate who knows the field and has demonstrated an interest in teaching.

You’ll also enjoy many class trips to nearby points of interest where you can learn about local and U.S. culture, and practice speaking English outside of the classroom. And all ESOL students take special off-campus “field trips” together, for more fun learning experiences.


If you will enter grade 7, 8, or 9 in the fall, and have a record of solid academic performance and good citizenship, you are what we call a “rising scholar,” and are encouraged to apply for this program.

You will be studying English with other international students, but this is a boarding-school experience, so you’ll be living and having fun with lots of American students too.


Your major course, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), meets for three hours on Monday through Saturday mornings. In the afternoon, you may also take a minor course and a sport; these meet four days per week. 

Everyone at NMH 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.

Fun and Recreation

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