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Bethlehem, New Hampshire, USA
Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Since our founding in 1886, we have remained true to the original focus of New England boarding schools: the development of mind, body and spirit. We develop the mind through our college preparatory curriculum and through a campus-wide ethos of inquiry and engagement in learning. We develop the body through sports and other physical activities, making full use of our spectacular natural setting. We develop the spirit through reflection, exploration of meaning and purpose, and service in the broader world.
In the context of a traditional liberal arts curriculum, we engage students in authentic inquiry– asking and pursuing questions that matter to them. This inquiry process not only leads to enduring learning, it helps students develop the skills and habits essential for academic success. Our students learn how to frame a question, how to find and evaluate research resources, how to synthesize information, and how to formulate an argument. They develop habits of curiosity, collaboration, and persistence. In short, they become great learners.
371 West Farm RoadBethlehem, New Hampshire, USA
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Admissions Phone:(603) 444-2928 ext. 226Fax:603-444-5568
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Summary: The White Mountain School has a traditional college preparatory curriculum. However, it is the intellectual engagement and development of the student that is our ultimate focus. Every class is an opportunity to practice the skills, virtues and habits of mind necessary for success in the 21st century. Within each discipline we offer a range of courses from introductory-level to Advanced Placement, Honors, or student-designed independent studies. But whether a class is labeled as history, science, world languages or visual arts, it serves to further The White Mountain School’s focus on curiosity, critical thinking and communication.Curiosity- We work to nurture our students’ curiosity. We ask them to identify and examine phenomena that spark big questions. Our curriculum serves to guide and inspire students in discovering their passions.Critical Thinking- Because we encourage students to pose their own questions, we also teach them to identify and ask the right questions. We seek to instill an inquisitive spirit, one that challenges assumptions and dares always to ask the most important questions of all: “Why?” and “How do I know?”Communication- The ability to communicate well, to speak and write with clarity and grace, is and will remain a skill essential for success in schools, colleges, the workplace and the civic arena. Responsible and effective communication is practiced and honed with every discipline and subject area, whether through participation in discussions, essay writing or the creation and delivery of presentations.
Department Director: Shane MacElhiney
Average Class Size: 10
Full Time Teachers: 24
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 67.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1
Academic Schedule: Semester
Saturday Classes: Some
Number of AP Courses Offered: 8
Summary: Living intentionally in a small supportive community allows students to truly feel like WMS is a home away from home. Boarding students live in one of four dorms with their peers, faculty members and faculty families. Each dorm has common space with couches, a TV and a microwave. Faculty doors are very often open and their apartments can feel like an extension of the dorm. This accessibility is one of the hallmarks of what makes the WMS community special.Evening study hall provides a quiet time for students to do their homework. After study hall is often when dorm jobs are completed, rooms cleaned, and dorms may have meetings. Students may also hang out in the student lounge or use the fitness center before check-in.The dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is available for drinks and light snacks all day. Students also have the option of having a mini-refrigerator in their room for handy access to snacks.
Department Director: Nate Snow
Number of Dorms: 4
Average Students Per Dorm: 23
No. of Girls Dorms: 2
No. of Boys Dorms: 2
Dress Code: Casual
Summary: On weekends, faculty offer a range of activities that students can sign up for. Activities include outdoor outings such as moonlight hikes, ski trips or mountain bike riding; shopping trips to outlet centers, Burlington, or the local towns; art excursions to movies, plays, and art exhibits; campus sponsored cultural events, cookie baking in faculty kitchens and games etc.
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Summary: With the idea that ‘everyone plays’, all students are required to participate in afternoon activities each of the three seasons. Our extracurricular options are diverse and range from Community Service, Farm and Forest and theater to Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, and Cycling.
Arts Department Director: Rachel VanWylen
Athletics Department Director: Nate Snow
Summary: Our college counseling program mirrors the rest of our school program in its respect for each student's interests, talents, and values. We strive to help students ask questions and find answers that will lead them to meaningful post-secondary experiences.
Department Director: Lawrence Alexander
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Summary: White Mountain Climbing Camp provides a safe and challenging climbing experience for beginner to advanced climbers. Taught by instructors trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), this camp delivers the finest climbing in New England and engages students in the development of a progression of skills tailored to their specific climbing goals.
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