Why boarding schools in New England?

An inspiring setting and a place to find your passions

New England is well known for its charm and going to a boarding school in New Hampshire is as inspiring as it gets. With an inspirational setting that includes mountain views, fresh streams, clear lakes and incredible people, students at The White Mountain School have an opportunity to focus on finding their passions and exceling academically without the distractions of urban life.

Why The White Mountain School?

Find out why WMS was recently named one of eight superb small boarding schools! We’re proud of our defining characteristics, such as our:
  • Close-knit community for deeper learning
  • A highly individualized college counseling curriculum
  • Episcopal heritage
  • Mountain setting

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Head of School's Blog

  • Essential Skills and Habits

    We have many reasons for expanding opportunities for students to engage in authentic inquiry. We learn best when exploring answers to questions we truly hold, it is good for the soul to explore something you love, and it can be an important distinguishing aspect of a college application. But one of the most important reasons is this: by engaging in authentic inquiry students develop the skills and habits they need to succeed in college and beyond.
    For the past six months several of us at the school have been researching this in more detail. We have explored the research literature on correlates of academic success and have put together a summary. The skills fall in six categories: organization skills, classwork and homework skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, and mathematical thinking skills. The types of habits include curiosity, reflection, collaboration, and persistence. These – even more than content knowledge – are what students need to thrive as learners in college and beyond. And engaging in authentic academic inquiry is a great way to develop these skills.
    We consider our summary to still be in draft form (see it here) and are working to extend our research. Over the past few weeks, I have met with academic and admission leaders at colleges and universities to get their feedback on our summary so we can improve it. All of these leaders are very excited that we are focusing student learning in this way. In my next post I will share some details of those conversations.

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371 West Farm Road  .  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  . 
p. 603.444.2928  .  f. 603.444.1258
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational New England college preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG.