General Information

NMH Summer Session students walking on campus
Teacher helping students in an NMH Summer Session classroom
Happy NMH Summer Session students posing outside for a group photo

For more than a century, NMH Summer Session programs have helped people like you make the most of your summer months.



Boy waving "hello"If you’re a motivated student who wants a challenging academic experience, NMH Summer Session is for you. Students come to our campus from many places and backgrounds; in the more than 100 years since the Summer Session’s beginning, we have welcomed students from 125 countries and all 50 U.S. states. 

We believe strongly that understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect develop within this diverse student body. Living with people from various backgrounds is a deeply enriching experience. Many students say it’s among the most rewarding and exciting aspects of their time here.


individual attention during math classA staff of 75 adults works with you. Major courses have two teachers: an experienced lead teacher and a teaching intern. Lead teachers, drawn from Northfield Mount Hermon’s faculty as well as other secondary schools and universities, provide the superior instruction that makes our courses stimulating and fulfilling. Approximately 30 college seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates are chosen as teaching interns who assist in major and minor courses, sports, recreational activities, and dorm life.


the learning environment is idealYou’ll find that the learning environment here is ideal. Classes are small, averaging 10 students, and are excellent settings for individualized instruction. This personal attention is one reason you will enjoy courses that explore a particular subject in depth, increase your knowledge and enhance your skills, and expand self-confidence and motivation for further schoolwork. Students, teaching interns, and lead teachers work collaboratively in a productive and fun academic environment. All of this leads to an atmosphere that is both stimulating and relaxed.

You can choose traditional courses as well as enrichment courses not generally found in a middle-school or high-school curriculum. Students in the college prep program or in English for speakers of other languages have one full-morning course. Rising scholars program students take two half-morning courses or one full-morning course. Many college prep courses complete in one summer what an academic-year course would accomplish in an entire school year. These intensive and fast-moving classes are designed for students willing to commit themselves to challenging study during the summer. Half-morning courses allow rising scholars to pursue two subjects. All courses have daily homework to reinforce classroom learning.

Whether you choose to take a course for credit or enrichment, you’ll find the academic experience demanding and challenging. But you won’t be in class all the time; there are plenty of sports and other activities for you to enjoy in your free time.


If you live in a community nearby NMH, you can attend as a Summer Session day student. You can participate in all aspects of campus life and are welcome on campus from breakfast until 7:30 pm Sunday through Friday and until 11:30 pm on Saturday. Day students who occasionally wish to stay on campus after 7:30 pm, or overnight on a Saturday, may make special arrangements with the dorm heads.


fun fun fun!The daily schedule is busy, but you’ll also have opportunities for leisure time and recreational activities. During the evenings between dinner and study period, you can take part in student-versus-faculty soccer games, for example. The pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, fitness center, soccer fields, Frisbee golf course, and other facilities are also available.

You’ll also have free time on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm, and from 11:30 am Saturdays to 7:30 pm Sundays. On-campus activities such as dances and movies—are plentiful. There are also trips to Boston, New York City, Six Flags amusement park, museums, and shopping malls.


Start searching for your perfect college at our annual summer College Fair. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States come to campus to tell you about their schools. This year, the fair will be held July 9, 2020.


we have such a beautiful campusOur facilities include dormitories; classroom buildings; a language lab with modern multimedia stations; a library with 175,000 physical items, electronic publications, and databases; a computer center; a media resource center; a student center that houses a snack bar, school store, pool tables, and video games; a performing arts center with concert halls, a theater, music practice rooms, dance studios, and art classrooms and studios; a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, fitness center, and swimming pool; outdoor volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts; and a health center with inpatient and outpatient facilities.


The dorms Shea and McKinnon, seated in bright green grass

In most dorms, you’ll share a room with one other student. Rooms have a bed, bureau, desk, and chair for each student. Internet access is provided in each student room.


Well-trained, uniformed campus safety officers are on duty at all times, keeping school residents and facilities secure. Exterior dormitory doors are always locked, requiring those entering to have a key card that is individually programmed to permit them entrance into specified buildings. Safety officers and the health center staff are equipped and trained to deal with medical emergencies. All house directors and house staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Safety officers also respond to any other type of emergency and coordinate with local fire and police departments as necessary.


A resident physician or nurse practitioner and registered nurses operate our daily outpatient clinic and are available for emergency care on a 24-hour basis. Facilities for inpatient care are also offered. Students with minor illnesses or injuries are cared for at the school.


Clothes must be presentable, non-revealing, properly fitted, and in good repair. While evenings are often cool, days can become quite hot. Although NMH Summer Session does not provide a clothing list, students usually wear T-shirts and jeans or shorts. For off-campus trips to the theater or worship services, students are expected to dress appropriately.


NMH Summer Session students are expected to participate fully in the program and to show consideration for the needs and rights of others, conform to the laws of the state, and follow the rules of our boarding school community. Each student is expected to read the Summer Session Handbook, which is sent to all students upon enrollment. Failure to meet the stated standards will lead to restrictions or dismissal.


All students receive a transcript — which includes a letter grade and a written evaluation — at the end of the session. If you want academic credit, you should make arrangements in advance with your school. If the school requires more details about the content of a course being considered for credit, contact NMH Summer Session for the complete course description, which will include course hours, texts, etc. When you complete the course, NMH will send the transcript and course description to your school if you write to request this. Your school makes the final decision on whether or not to grant credit for NMH Summer School courses.

For NMH Credit
If you’re a current NMH student, you may choose a course you didn’t have time to take during the academic year or one that fulfills a requirement, provides room in your schedule for study abroad, or accelerates your academic progress toward advanced-placement courses. 

Satisfactory completion of one of the following NMH Summer Session offerings earns academic-year NMH credit. A maximum of one credit may be earned each summer, but there is no limit to the number of summers NMH students may earn credits by taking NMH Summer Session courses. Many current NMH students choose to attend each summer.

Subsequent academic-year course placement will be determined by the teacher, in consultation with the NMH department chair.

College Prep Program 
U.S. History – one NMH history and social science credit
Economics – one NMH history and social science credit
Psychology – one NMH history and social science credit
College Writing – one NMH English credit
Algebra I – one NMH math credit
Geometry – one NMH math credit
Algebra II – one NMH math credit
Precalculus – one NMH math credit
Biology – one NMH science credit
Chemistry – one NMH science credit
Physics – one NMH science credit
English for Speakers of Other Languages – testing earns placement and possible credit

For building skills or pursuing special interests 
The following can be important for future academic work or for general enrichment:
Academic Writing
Creative Writing
War in Film and Fiction
Beginning Chinese


Because personal growth includes assuming responsibility for yourself and the community, all students participate in the work program. You’ll be required to work for a short time doing a job that is essential to the operation of the school (for example, cleaning in the dorm, assisting in the library or mail center, or working on the NMH farm). Participation in the work program helps to build a feeling of community, concern for others, and respect for the work that must be done.

The New York Times visited NMH Summer Session


Summer Session Viewbook