Close-knit Community

The White Mountain School is a tightly-knit community. In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell explores the importance of community size. Research shows that once a community extends beyond approximately 150 members, it becomes more bureaucratic and the relationships become more shallow. Because of our size, teachers and students forge deep relationships that often last a lifetime. In our community, no student is invisible, and each one contributes to the well-being of the group. At The White Mountain School everyone matters. Everyone.
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College Preparation

As a college preparatory school, we follow a traditional liberal arts curriculum. We believe that a broad approach to human understanding of our world and its interconnections is essential to success in college and life. Our classes focus more on discussion than lecture because we know that students must explore ideas on their own to truly learn. Our curriculum offers a breadth and depth that is unique in a small school setting, and we work to engage each student by linking the curriculum to current issues and personal interests. WMS students graduate prepared to succeed because they know how to think analytically and critically, how to communicate their ideas with clarity and precision, and how to apply their skills and knowledge as engaged citizens.

Episcopal Heritage

As an Episcopal school, we honor and celebrate the unique worth of each individual. We welcome students of all faiths and encourage them to grow in their own understanding of spirituality. While our formal practice of religion is modest (our Chaplain leads an ecumenical Morning Reading once a week), our informal practice is expansive. We are guided by the New Hampshire Episcopal Diocese's phrase, “Infinite respect for one another...radical hospitality for the world.” Our Episcopal heritage inspires our commitment to community service (local and international), it informs our relationship to the natural world and it is why we have always been a school that respects each student as an individual with unique talents and passions.

Mountain Setting

Seventy-five years ago, our visionary headmistress “Aunt Dot” McLane moved the School to these mountains. Our mountain location has had a wonderful effect on our program. It has also had a profound influence on who we are and how we learn together. Aunt Dot moved the School here because she knew that the mountain setting would help students develop both humility and vision. In these mountains we are “surrounded by things greater than ourselves.” We connect with a purpose beyond ourselves. In these mountains we see new vistas, we expand our vision. Our mountain setting inspires us to explore more broadly, to think more deeply, and to experience the fullness of life. Our mountain setting also allows our students to explore and excel in unique outdoor sports offerings. Learn more about our athletic program here.


371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
The White Mountain School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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