The White Mountain School is nestled in the mountains on 250 acres of woodlands and fields in the historic town of Bethlehem, NH. All dorms, classrooms, the fitness center and indoor climbing wall, athletic fields, theater, and other school buildings are within easy walking distance of each other. The beautiful campus has miles of wooded trails and beautiful views of the Presidential Range as well as a fully functioning organic farm, a small pond and remote campsite.
The White Mountain School’s amazing location provides immediate access to one of the premier 4-season outdoor recreation areas in the country. The School is in close proximity to nearly 1 million acres of undeveloped land in the White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park, providing a wealth of amazing opportunities for recreation, relaxation, sport and challenge.
|Dorothy “Aunt Dot” McLane Academic and Administration Building|
Named in honor of the visionary headmistress who moved our School from Concord to the beautiful White Mountains and who inspired a generation of St. Mary’s girls, McLane is the true hub of campus. Known more colloquially as the Main Building, McLane houses the Main Office, Administrative Offices, the Great Hall, Dining Room, McGoldrick Library, Music Room, Art and Photography Studios, the Multi-media Center, and the Student Lounge. Directly through the glass link, you will also find the Humanities Wing and the Learning Center.
The current site of the McLane Building was originally the main house of the Seven Springs Estate where the school was located upon its move from Concord in 1935 (after one year in Sugar Hill). Sadly, the original structure burned down in January of 1964 and the current building was rebuilt and opened the next year.
|The Great Hall|
The Great Hall is the inside hub of campus where the entire community gathers each morning for morning meeting and throughout the year for special events. Ringing the Great Hall is a diverse collection of state and national flags that represent our current community. The floor to ceiling windows and expansive balcony provide beautiful views of the farm and the mountains beyond. On weeknights, it can be an open place to relax and study, while on weekends it is a common spot for a Big Screen Movie Night or simply a cozy fire in the fireplace. The Great Hall also plays host to our locally-known Cultural Event Series. This arts series was started in the 1970s and continues today. WMS brings outside performers to the School, opening our doors to the broader community on performance nights.
Located next to the Great Hall, the Dining Room is where daily buffet, family-style meals and formal community dinners bring our entire School together. Much of the food served is locally sourced, including many pounds of produce and eggs from our own organic farm. A creative and talented kitchen staff prepares healthy and tasty meals each day. Students are actively involved in the dining services from kitchen crew to menu choice.
|Linda Clark McGoldrick '55 Library|
The library is open daily for study and research, with more than 7,000 volumes, periodicals, local and national newspapers, magazines, CDs, videos, online catalog, and numerous databases. The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) program loans books and resources for specific research from the libraries at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. Students are encouraged to use the library during the academic day and during evening study hall. The current library space was created, in large part, through donations by the Class of 1955 in memory of alumna, past parent, former trustee and former employee, Linda Clark McGoldrick '55.
Home to the English, History, ESL and Foreign Language Departments, the Humanities Wing boasts 9 classrooms, a college counseling area, and student work spaces. Students can also easily access offices for the Dean of Studies, Learning Center Director, International Student Coordinator and the SAP Director in this area. The classrooms here are perfectly sized for our average class size of 10 students and almost exclusively set-up to facilitate lively student discussion and involvement.
This area boasts new, highly energy efficient lighting and windows thanks to generous donations from sustainability-minded alumnae/i and friends of the School.
|The Learning Center|
Home to offices, student work space and tutorial rooms, The Learning Center provides individual and group support to a broad range of students. It is a hub of academic activity during the day, but can also provide a quiet structured place to study in the evening.
|Visual and Performing Arts Studios|
McLane also provides great space for a vast array of WMS Art programs. There is a naturally lit, and busy painting and drawing studio as well as a ceramics studio where students can use one of seven potter’s wheels and have access to both a traditional and a Raku kiln to fire their pieces. WMS hosts a photography lab as well as a digital arts studio, equipped with top of the line equipment and software. The Music Room provides a great space for music classes as well as for practice and jamming during down time. Our music also boasts high quality recording and mixing equipment.
WMS offers three major computer labs on campus. The Academic Wing and Linda McGoldrick '55 Library are equipped with several computer work stations. The Multimedia Center, adjacent to the library, is fully equipped with the latest computers and software for web-based and peer editing projects. Digital photography students may also access software and a high-resolution, large-format photo printer. Students with personal laptop computers can use the network through a secure campus-wide WiFi connection.
|Student Lounge |
WMS provides some great spots for hanging out with friends. The Student Lounge is often full of students (and faculty) playing foosball, ping pong, or darts; shooting a game of pool; or just kicking back and watching TV. The Student Lounge, decorated with student designed and created artwork, also hosts the student store and serves as a location for student run dances and other functions.
|Fred Steele Science Center|
Opened in October of 2006, the Fred Steele Science Center was built using environmentally friendly technology, including an integrated solar electric system - the first of its kind in the State of New Hampshire. The Center preserves and perpetuates the memory of Fred Steele, devoted White Mountain School science teacher, conservationist, and renowned botanist. Affectionately known as 'Mr. Chips', Mr. Steele instilled in his students a love of science and a concern for preserving our natural world. The Steele Center provides an amazing space for in-depth science instruction, with four state-of-the-art, fully-equipped classroom laboratories which facilitate expanded experimental capability and emphasize original scientific work and personal discovery.
|Black Box Theater |
Home to The White Mountain School Theater Program, the Black Box theater is a center of creativity for students. From short one acts to full length plays and musicals, this unique and inspiring space produces some amazing student work and experiences each year. The Black Box also serves as the home of the WMS Dance program and the location of Dance classes.
|Indoor Climbing Wall and Fitness Center|
The White Mountain School's Fitness Center is home to our renowned indoor climbing facility. This amazing resource covers over 3,000 square feet including 500 square feet of steep terrain for bouldering. Peaking at 38 feet, it features ropes set with mechanical belay devices, bolts for lead climbing, intricate corner systems and real crack systems. The wall’s surface, an epoxy-based cement, uses granite, marble dust, and sand to give it the look and texture of real granite rock. This facility is a central point for many Outdoor Education Program activities and regularly hosts regional sport climbing competitions.
Our Fitness Center also includes free weights, Nautilus equipment, treadmills and other cardio equipment. The fitness center also contains a small multi-purpose court that is used for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and dodgeball, etc.
Also located within the Fitness Center is our "Equipment cage". It is here that we can outfit groups with all necessary equipment for any outdoor excursion imaginable. The cage is home to sleeping bags, backpacks, backcountry skis, snowshoes, nordic ski equipment, cooking stoves, etc. This is also where the climbing program stocks its program equipment. Items like ropes, helmets, ice tools and mountaineering boots can be found here for instructors to utilize for sports, Field Courses or weekend activities. Adjacent to the Fitness Center is our boat shed which houses a rolling stock of the newest Jackson whitewater kayaks, a top of the line AIRE 16 foot self-bailing raft, paddles, helmets, PFDs and other essentials for navigating the rivers and lakes of the region. The school also maintains a fleet 11 Mad River canoes.
The White Mountain School has an active and well-run residential life structure. When the focus of the day shifts from the classroom to the ‘home’, WMS students have a lot to look forward to. Boarding students at WMS live in one of five dormitories in either single or double rooms. Each of the dorms also houses at least two faculty apartments and one common room. All of the dorms at WMS provide wireless internet for students. Faculty apartment doors are often open to students and the comfortable, familial feeling you get in WMS dorms just doesn’t seem to happen in other places.
|Organic Farm and Garden|
The student-run farm at The White Mountain School includes a one-half-acre organic vegetable garden, young apple orchard, maple sugaring house, berry bushes, garden shed, chicken coop, hoop-house greenhouse (48’ x 14’), set of compost bins, and some 250+ acres of woodland. Faculty and staff share space in a second garden to raise produce in their own plots. Many of the farm activities take place on adjacent land kindly lent by trustee and long-time friend of the School, Henry Vaillant. The WMS farm continues to run in the summer with the recent creation of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.
|Edge and Solar Fields|
At the east and west end of campus respectively, Edge and Solar Fields provide a home for The White Mountain School’s soccer and lacrosse programs. The only problem with these fields is that it is sometimes difficult to stay focused on the games and not be distracted by the amazing mountain vistas.