Northfield Mount Hermon School is a large coed boarding school
in Northfield, MA
. It has about 1125 students
, two campuses, and is 25% international. It’s known for it’s large size, small classes, block schedule, diversity
, large financial aid awards, and international student body. Originally, it was two schools
, the Northfield Seminary for Girls
and the Mount Hermon School for Boys
. Northfield was founded in 1879 and Mount Hermon in 1881, both by the Christian
evangelist D.L. Moody
for the purpose of providing the children of the middle class with an education equal to that of the upper class prep schools
. The schools merged in 1971 and both campuses became coed
For it's educational program, NMH uses a block schedule involving two major classes per trimester. Over 200 major classes are offered, including 22 AP classes. The student-teacher ratio is 1 to 6. Each student is required to take a certain number of "minor" classes which range from musical groups to book binding to Chinese cooking. Over 100 minor classes are offered and playing on one of the 65 sports teams, 2 dance teams, or performing with one of the 8 musical groups can count for minor course credit. The school also boasts over 35 student clubs from a literary magazine to amnesty international.
Mission Statement (Approved by the Board of Trustees May 1, 1992):
Education of the Head, the Hand, and the Heart
Northfield Mount Hermon School prepares its students for college and for life. The school serves young people with good minds and high aims, from all cultures, races, and means. In all areas of life at the school, the faculty sets high standards and holds students accountable, leading them to aspirations and achievements that exceed their previous expectations and accomplishments. Here students find individual care and support in a community that promotes academic excellence.
Northfield Mount Hermon educates the Head, the Hand, and the Heart. Its curriculum is broad, deep, and inclusive, and challenges students to know and value the life of the mind. All students participate equally in the daily work of the school so that they may cultivate a respect for the dignity of labor and service to the community, both within and beyond the school. Northfield Mount Hermon values spiritual life and growth, and encourages in each student the desire to live with purpose and to make a difference in the world.