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Northfield Mount Hermon School

School rating 4.2 / 5 by

One Lamplighter Way Mount Hermon MA 01354 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Northfield Mount Hermon follows a college block schedule by semester. This means, students take 3 classes in the fall and a different 3 in the spring. Each class is 80 minutes long with APs going 120 minutes once a week. The school offers a wide variety of classes in science, mathematics, arts(visual and performing), English, foreign language(Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, and Latin), physical education, religion, social sciences, as core classes. They also offer many electives in fields such as newspaper writing, java script, and singing. The school has a strength in the arts and mathematics. The general atmosphere of the student body is friendly but also driven and ambitious. People are competitive in their achievements and try to excel. The school's teaching philosophy was largely discussion based and wanted students to explore and question. This has influenced me to look deeper into things, beyond their surface level purpose or meaning. I found the class size perfect as the classes weren't too small or too big, they were about 10-12 people on average. Teachers were always available for help if one asked to schedule a time that would be convenient for both. The workload was quite large with about 3-5 hours of homework per night excluding weekends which could be upwards of 6 hours. There was writing help, science help, and math help every night during the week.

College Counseling

College counseling was helpful for me because my counselor helped me figure out the type....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Application is really based on grades, personality and interests, and test scores. Other factors....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The quality of the student life is good the only downside is the rural area. There are supportive dorm staff and people in the community in general are always willing to help. The dining hall is amazing with a huge variety of food. They have a deli bar, panini machines, salad bar, vegetarian bar as well as rotated noodle bar, stirfry, mac and cheese bar, and mexican bar. That on top of weekly ethnic night and meatless monday. The school is 30% international, and 25% black. There are large populations of asians, latinos, and african....

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