Academics
Are you curious? Do you wish you had more input into what you are learning? Well, we are a school that asks questions. We embrace student-driven inquiry as the driving philosophy behind our approach to teaching and learning. We know students learn best when they are invested and find purpose in what they are studying and when their work has an authentic audience. We believe that each student has strengths that, when identified, can be harnessed, allowing each student to engage and find success in work that matters to them. We encourage students to boldly pursue new and interesting lines of thinking, pushing and inspiring them to live and grow into their creative and intellectual potential. We do this in many ways. Most importantly, we do this through relationships.

The White Mountain School is a school built on relationships. We know -- from experience and research-- that students who have strong relationships with their teachers are more likely to succeed. With 130 students, we value the teacher and student relationships through absolute numbers rather than ratios; our students are known, and known well, by everyone in the community. Teachers and students intersect throughout the day in multiple dimensions; from dorm life to work jobs, from the extra-curricular programs to the classroom. Through building a caring and intentional community, The White Mountain School has created a student culture that is healthy and joyful, curious and kind. This cultural piece matters; when students feel safe and known, and when they are grounded and feel joyful, they are better poised to think and learn with creativity, clarity and confidence.  Furthermore, when teachers know their students -- and students know themselves -- learning can become authentically student-driven.

I look forward to getting to know you, to exploring and asking questions with you; I look forward to celebrating the beauty of our campus with you; and I look forward to enjoying the kindness and openness of the White Mountain community with you.

Michael Peller
Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
 
 




“One of the most valuable lessons I've learned

is that we, as individuals, are responsible for enacting the change in which we believe. You are never too small, too inexperienced, or too young to champion a cause. If you have convictions about the environment, social movements, equal rights, or global injustice, follow those beliefs. As a member of The White Mountain School community, I am proud to say that those principles were fostered and encouraged by my experience as a WMS student.” — Kelly Cornell '04

THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

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.