Transportation to and from NMH Summer Session

Arrival and Departure Dates

On registration day, Saturday, June 29, all students must arrive between 10 am and 4 pm. NMH Summer Session is not able to accommodate students in the dormitories before 10 am, and all students must arrive before 4 pm.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, NMH Summer Session ends and all students must leave campus. Final classes take place on Friday, Aug. 2, and there are special farewell events for students that evening. (Students may leave after classes end — after 3 pm on Aug. 2 — although most will wish to remain for the farewell activities on Friday evening and leave on Saturday morning.)

Families are invited to join us the evening of Aug. 2 for dinner, student performances, and to speak with teachers. Teachers will also be available to speak with parents on the morning of Aug. 3. (We understand that many families will be unable to attend, particularly since half of our students come to us from other countries.) 

When making departure travel plans, remember that students must leave campus before noon on Aug. 3. NMH Summer Session is not able to provide meals, lodging, or supervision for students after that time.

Special Notes
Full transportation details — as well as a form detailing students’ travel plans to and from NMH Summer Session — will be sent to students after they enroll. 

Because of space limitations, our buses are for students only. If family members accompany students, they must make their own travel arrangements. (See “Private Ground Transportation” section.) Also, family members cannot stay in our dormitories, nor can we provide transportation between our campus and area hotels/motels and restaurants. (There are none within walking distance). 

Transportation Options

By Car

Northfield Mount Hermon is easily accessible from Interstate 91 and Route 2.

  • From Interstate 91 in Massachusetts: Follow US Interstate 91 North to exit 28A. From this exit, follow Route 10 North for about three miles. The sign and main entrance to the campus are on the right. Turn right and proceed up the road to the campus, where signs will direct you to registration.
  • From eastern Massachusetts: Follow Route 2 West to Route 63 North. Turn right onto Route 63 and travel north approximately eight miles. Turn left onto Route 10 South and travel about 1.5 miles. The sign and main entrance to the campus are on the left. Turn left and proceed up the road to the campus, where signs will direct you to registration.

By Public Bus or Train

The local bus terminal/train station is in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Representatives of NMH Summer Session will be in Greenfield to meet public buses and trains on registration day. On closing day, students traveling by public bus or train will be transported to the Greenfield terminal.

By Plane

Students should fly into Bradley International Airport, in Hartford, Connecticut. NMH will provide charter buses from Bradley to our campus. There is no fee for students to ride these buses. If a student chooses to fly to another airport, parents must make their own arrangements for transportation to and from NMH. (See “Private Ground Transportation” section) Keep in mind that, after a student’s plane arrives, he/she still must go through baggage claim (and customs for international flights). Also allow sufficient time to reach NMH from other airports. The drive from Logan Airport (Boston, Massachusetts) to our campus is more than two hours, and JFK Airport (New York) is at least a four-hour drive from our campus. As noted above, all students must arrive on campus before 4 pm on Saturday, June 29; no exceptions. 

Private Ground Transportation

The following car services provide transportation to and from airports (and can provide unaccompanied minor escorts if needed). Contact these services directly for rates and reservations.

BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We will have charter buses at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Connecticut—approximately one hour’s drive from our campus—on Saturday, June 29. Please note: we do not provide buses or chaperones to and from airports in Boston or New York.

Because of the number of students requiring transportation to and from Bradley Airport, NMH Summer Session is not able to provide any special arrangements. Flight reservations must be made with the following times in mind.

Arrival

  • Students flying to Bradley Airport on Saturday, June 29, must arrange flights that arrive at the airport before 2 pm. The last NMH charter bus leaves Bradley Airport promptly at 3 pm that day. All students are required to arrive on the NMH campus before 4 pm.
  • If a flight cannot be arranged that will arrive at Bradley Airport before 2 pm on Saturday, June 29, the student must take a flight that arrives on the afternoon or evening of Friday, June 28, and stay overnight at the Bradley Sheraton Hotel. 
  • NMH Summer Session teachers will be at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley Airport from noon on June 28 through 3 pm on June 29 to assist students taking our charter buses. They will have all students’ names and flight information, so they will know when students are scheduled to arrive.
  • One of our teachers will meet—at their arrival gate—students whose parents have made special arrangements with airlines to have them travel as unaccompanied minors. The teacher’s name will be provided to parents after the student has enrolled so that the name can be given to the airlines. There is no fee for this service.
  • All other students, upon arrival, must check in with our teachers at the Bradley Sheraton Hotel (The meeting room number will be emailed to families in June.) The Sheraton Hotel is inside the airport, a short walk down the hall from where flights arrive; students don’t need to go outside. Students will not be individually supervised by NMH teachers on Friday, June 28, but they will be required to check in periodically with our teachers throughout the evening. 
  • It is best if June 28 flights arrive in the afternoon or early evening. However, for students with flights arriving very late on June 28 or very early on June 29, our teachers will remain in the meeting room until all students check in (or will meet at their arrival gate students whose parents have made special arrangements with airlines to have them travel as unaccompanied minors). 
  • NMH Summer Session has been using this arrangement successfully for many years. Each summer, more than 50 of our students stay overnight at the airport hotel and take our charter buses the next day.
  • Hotel reservations for the night of June 28 must be made only through a Sheraton website link that the hotel will establish for our families. Parents must not make reservations through any other agency. This link will be emailed to families after students enroll. NMH Summer Session has a special arrangement with the Bradley Sheraton Hotel, allowing our students who are under 18 years old to stay overnight on June 28 without parents (since our teachers will be staying there). Please note that NMH Summer Session cannot make reservations for students.
  • There will be an NMH bus leaving Bradley Airport at 9 am on June 29 so that students who stayed overnight do not have to wait for the 3 pm bus. Students who stay overnight must take the 9 am bus.

Departure

  • On Saturday, Aug. 3, our buses will leave NMH for Bradley Airport at several times, with the first bus arriving at the airport by 8:30 am and the last bus arriving at the airport by 1 pm. There is no fee for these buses.
  • Flights should be scheduled to depart Bradley Airport at 10 am or later. If students have flights departing in the late afternoon or evening, they must plan for time spent waiting at the airport. As noted above, our last bus will arrive at the airport by 1 pm. NMH does not provide any supervision of students whose flights leave later in the day unless parents make special arrangements with us. (See below.) Children travelling as unaccompanied minors must be supervised by an adult.
  • Some airlines require that an adult escort a student right up until actual boarding and flight take-off. If a student’s age, or parents’ personal preference, requires that the student be accompanied by an adult until flight departure on Aug. 3, parents must make arrangements either with NMH Summer Session or with another provider. If parents wish to arrange for this service with NMH Summer Session, there is a form to complete (sent after students enroll) and a fee of $100 per child.
  • If a student has a flight departing from Bradley Airport before 10 am on Aug. 3 — or any flight departing from another airport — parents must make their own arrangements for the student’s transportation to the airport and for an adult escort if the student is traveling as an unaccompanied minor. (See “Private Ground Transportation” section).
  • Do not make flight reservations for Sunday, Aug. 4, because students cannot stay overnight at NMH on Aug. 3, and students under 18 years old cannot stay overnight at the Bradley Sheraton Hotel on Aug. 3 because NMH Summer Session will not have overnight adult chaperones at Bradley Airport. If you are unable to book an Aug. 3 flight, you must book a Friday, Aug. 2, flight.

 

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