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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 excelling 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

Our Defining Programs

Interested in learning more? Schedule a call with an admissions counselor or visit our beautiful campus.

Head of School's Blog

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  • “But what about content coverage?”

     
    A couple of weeks ago we had a series of revisit days with admitted students and their families. These were fabulous visits – and very successful (85% of the students who revisited ended up enrolling). This was the tail end of a very successful admission season with record numbers of applications and an incredibly high yield. As part of revisit days I had a chance to talk with parents about our academic program. 
     
    These conversations focused primarily on Authentic Inquiry – our approach to teaching and learning that honors students’ own questions and helps them learn to explore these questions with rigor and creativity. I noted how well this approach aligns with research on learning and teaching, how it helps students develop the skills and habits that correlate with success at college, and how college admission and academic leaders are very supportive of this work. 
     
    A question often comes up in these discussions: “But what about content coverage? Isn’t that important?” And my answer is always: “Of course it is.” We engage students in broad and deep explorations of the liberal arts. This is our intellectual heritage – the ideas, philosophies, and values that scholars have developed and refined over many generations. A broad understanding of this heritage, this shared wisdom, grounds our students and gives them a place to stand as they think about their future. 
     
    But exploring the ideas of others is not enough. We must also invite students into the tradition of inquiry. To do this, we encourage students to develop and follow their own intellectual curiosity. We show them how their work can add value to the world. This helps them find purpose, direction, and passion in life.
     
    So is “content coverage” important? Yes, of course. But not as an end in itself. It is only important to the extent that it exposes students to beautiful ideas and helps them think anew about their own world – and their own questions.  
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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

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.