Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to The White Mountain School!

Are you looking to join a school community that is committed to equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability, a place that is not just discussing but actively pursuing new approaches to education, a place with a small enough scale that the word community can have profound meaning? If the answer is yes, I hope you will come visit us to see for yourself all the good things happening here. I am thrilled to lead a school with these qualities.

The White Mountain School offers you the opportunity to search for and build common ground with your peers while you pursue an education that feels relevant to you. The opportunities and challenges that you’ll experience in the coming years will almost certainly require bravery and kindness as much as intellectual accomplishment. The White Mountain School will help you grow those qualities — the main reason I wanted to come to this school.

School communities don’t simply exist by habit or tradition, though The White Mountain School’s connection to its heritage is important. Communities are created each day, each new year through the efforts of the students and adults working together. In that sense, institutions like The White Mountain School are both strong and fragile -- they require constant effort and care, and stand for something important and positive when they deliver on their mission. That’s something worth being part of.

So come see all that is going on here -- see a school where you can pursue projects you design, get outside in a beautiful place surrounded by nature to try some new activities, and work with others who are excited and curious to learn more about themselves and the world. This is a school of inquiry and engagement, and we want you to ask questions and become involved.

John A. Drew
Head of School

About the Head of School

A career-long environmental science teacher and track coach, John comes to The White Mountain School most recently as the former Assistant Head at Concord Academy. There he worked with the leadership team to secure endowed support of academic innovation, was involved in two campus sustainability projects, revamped academic support, and worked to provide access to educational testing for any student who needed it. He held varied roles at Concord Academy, teaching science, coaching cross country and girls’ varsity basketball, and serving as a house faculty member.

John began his teaching career at the Field School in Washington D.C., where he worked with the science department to offer one of D.C.’s first high school HIV/AIDS education programs. He then taught and coached at the Potomac School in McLean, VA, where he directed the Summer Academic program and served as a founding advisor for the school’s first multicultural affinity group. 

He earned his master’s degree at Smith College, and while there coached cross country, indoor and outdoor track. He then served as a health educator and coach of cross country and track and field at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College before moving to Concord Academy.

He lives on campus in Dickey House with his wife Gianna, who is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Gianna served as Nurse in Concord Academy’s health center before returning to school. They have two children, Sophie, 22 and Nate,18.


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.

Specific questions regarding Title IX should be directed to the School's Title IX coordinator at TitleIX@whitemountain.org. Specific questions regarding Section 504 should be addressed to the School's Section 504 coordinator at Section504@whitemountain.org.