Summer Session FAQs – Northfield Mount Hermon Best Private Boarding and Day Schools

If a student chooses to fly to another airport, parents must make their own arrangements for their son’s/daughter’s transportation to NMH. (See next section.) Please keep in mind that Logan Airport (Boston, Massachusetts) is more than two hours’ drive from our campus, and JFK Airport (New York) is more than four hours’ drive from our campus. Remember to allow time to get through baggage claim and security!

Closing day, when NMH Summer Session ends and all students depart, is Saturday, August 4. Final classes take place on Friday, August 3, and there are special farewell events for students that evening. (Students can, in fact, depart after classes end after 3 pm on Friday, August 3, although most will wish to remain for the farewell activities on Friday evening and then depart on Saturday morning).


Families are invited to join us for dinner, student performances, and an opportunity to speak with individual teachers on Friday, August 3, between 6:15 and 7 pm or on Saturday, August 4, between 8:30 and 9:30 am. (We understand that many families will be unable to attend, particularly since half of our students come to us from other countries.)

We have six dorms of various sizes on campus. Rising Scholars students are housed in our smaller dorms. Each dorm is managed by a house director and several college interns (from four or five in the smaller dorms to eight or nine in the larger dorms). Each dorm staff member has advisees with whom they keep in close contact throughout the summer, helping them settle in, and with homework and any issues or questions they may have. Your child’s advisor should be your primary contact to address any problems. Your advisor’s contact information will be given to you at registration on the first day. Read more about the dorms.

Well-trained, uniformed campus safety officers are on duty, keeping school residents safe and facilities secure at all times. Exterior dormitory doors are always locked, requiring those entering to have a key card that is individually programmed to permit entrance into specified buildings. Safety officers and the health center staff are equipped and trained to deal with medical emergencies. All house directors and house staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Safety officers also respond to any other type of emergency and coordinate with local fire and police departments as necessary.

• Our sports facilities include full gymnasium (with badminton courts, three basketball courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, two volleyball courts, a state-of-the-art fitness gym, and dance studio), track, seven soccer fields (including one turf field), 12 tennis courts, two baseball fields, one softball field, a boathouse on the Connecticut River, and canoeing on Shadow Lake.

Although NMH Summer Session does not provide a clothing list, students usually wear T-shirts and jeans or shorts. Clothes must be presentable, non-revealing, properly fitted, and in good repair. While evenings are often cool (60F/15.5C), days can become quite hot (80F/27C). For off-campus trips to the theater or worship services, students are expected to dress appropriately.

Students — especially those taking courses that involve writing — should bring a laptop computer, tablet, or Chromebook. It should have Google Chrome installed as a web browser, as this works best with the NMH Google account. Many teachers assign both in-class work and homework that requires writing and submission of work via the Google drive. NMH does not provide computers for students to use during class, and although there are a limited number of computers for use in the library and computer labs, these will not satisfy students’ in-class needs.

Due to health and safety/fire regulations the following items are not permitted: cloth wall, curtain, or ceiling hangings; Matches, lighters, or fireworks; dry floral arrangements or evergreens; electric blankets; foam padding, including foam mattress pads; electrical items such as air conditioners, televisions, coffee or tea-makers, hot plates, popcorn poppers, toaster ovens, irons, etc; candles; incense burners; high-intensity lamps (especially halogen lamps), strings of decorative lights; pets of any kind; large furniture; upholstered, stuffed, or beanbag chairs; wicker furniture; weapons or knives (including Swiss Army knives); and plastic, straw, shag, or rubber-backed rugs.

Parents must complete online medical information, including student medical history and immunization records, prior to a student’s arrival at NMH. Please note that all students are required to provide documentation of a doctor’s physical completed within 12 months of Summer Session’s start date, so you may need to book this appointment ahead of time.

The school physician is available every week day at the health center and after hours when necessary. If a student becomes ill at hours other than the posted outpatient hours, his/her advisor and dorm head should be notified. Inpatient services are provided by the nursing staff as required. School nurses are on duty during posted hours and on call at all other times; 24-hour emergency care is provided at the local hospital.

Parents must inform NMH Health Services about any medications taken by students. Prescription medications from home—including those that fall under the category of psychotropic (anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, stimulants for ADD or ADHD, and some sleep aids)—must be shipped or hand-delivered by the parent/guardian to NMH Health Services. Medications may not be given to the student to bring with him/her if not accompanied by a parent/guardian, and may not be mailed to the student. Allergy medications and a schedule for dispensing them must be given to the NMH health center. Antibiotics, allergy and cold preparations, and nutritional supplements are dispensed as needed. All medications are held at the health center and dispensed to students. Students may not keep any prescription medications in their rooms.

All absences must be approved by the Summer Session office. Attendance is required at all classes, sports, and work assignments. Students should not request to be excused except in cases of illness. In such cases, they may be excused only by the school physician or nurses. Students who miss an excessive number of classes are liable for dismissal.