Rising Scholars Program

Our rising scholars program gives middle-school students a balance of challenge and support, inside and outside the classroom. You’ll leave with new skills and new friends, ready for what lies ahead in high school.

For students entering grades 7–9
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.

This Summer Session program will help you hone your academic skills and gain self-confidence. We offer courses most middle schools don’t, taught in small groups where you’ll get individual attention from expert teachers.

Our courses—such as 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.

This combination will help you learn more, faster, and build study skills that can pay benefits when you return to your academic-year school.

In each rising scholars program course you’ll be guided by both an experienced lead teacher and a teaching intern. Both are chosen for knowledge of their subject, of course, but also for their ability to understand and work effectively with students your age.

You’ll choose one or two major courses, a minor course, and a sport. Some rising scholars take a course in the college prep program.


If you will enter grade 7, 8 or 9 in the fall, and have a record of solid academic performance, you are encouraged to apply for the rising scholars program. NMH evaluates applicants on academic motivation, emotional maturity, good citizenship, and the desire to learn as well as previous academic record.


As a rising scholar, you’ll take either one full-morning major course or two half-morning major courses or, plus a minor course and sport in the afternoon. Monday through Saturday, half-morning major courses meet for 75 minutes and full-morning courses meet for three hours. For each major course, you’ll be responsible for spending at least one hour each day doing out-of-class preparation.

Each evening except Saturday, you’ll have a supervised study period in your dorm. You can prepare for your courses in your room or get special help in your dorm’s study area. Quiet study time is maintained to make it easy to develop good study habits. 

Minor courses and sports are scheduled four afternoons each week. There are lots of athletics choices, including soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and even pole vaulting.

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

See a more 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, study, 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