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Northfield Mount Hermon School

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One Lamplighter Way Mount Hermon MA 01354 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


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The academics definitely prepared me for the college atmosphere and the boarding aspect helped the college transition a ton easier. At NMH it was a mix in between lecture and discussion but mainly settled with discussion between peers and teachers which is quite different from the college lecture scene. The class sizes were very small compared to anything I had ever had in public school, I had a min of 6 people in a class and a max of 16. The teachers were always around for the students to talk to and were very helpful when you need help. The work load increases with age and depending on your classes you could have anywhere from 2-5 hours of homework per night. Tutors are always available for any need. The Learning Center helps a lot of people of every age at NMH and the teachers are very understanding of any learning problems students have.

College Counseling

I first made my college list early in my Junior year at NMH, but I....

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

I took the SSAT's before going to NMH and the score you need all depends....

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

NMH is a very liberal school and everyone is willing to help one another with anything at all. We're a tight-knit family at NMH. Everyone knows they're there for school and there's no negative energy about it. The student and faculty tutors both know what they're doing and are always available. Dorm Heads are there to be your parents and whatever you need they'll bend over backwards to help you. The Chaplin is the nicest guy you will ever meet and is very helpful. Discipline came into play when it was needed. Some people think that system is too harsh....

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