Academics

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Student-Driven Inquiry

    At the White Mountain School, we pride ourselves in our approach to education – namely, our commitment to student driven inquiry.  Student Driven Inquiry incorporates a greater emphasis on problems and scenarios rather than the standard educational model of strictly presenting established facts.  Our curriculum and classroom standards are acutely designed to put students’ curiosity about a topic, about the world, at the center of what they are learning. We believe that this approach helps connect students to their world and to their curiosities and passions.
     
    We find that students who are interested in a topic and who take the time to go outside of the classroom and try to pursue answers to the questions they have are better able to internalize educational content. When students seek answers to their own questions, they are approaching their subjects not just from an academic standpoint, but because they are genuinely interested in the topic.  We learn throughout our lives by asking questions and pursuing an answer to those questions, and this notion does not start or end when we graduate high school. 
  • Q: Small Size

    At White Mountain, our student body consists of about 125 students, with 25-30 faculty members – creating a community of just over 150.  With a school of this size, every member gets to know each other in a unique, three dimensional way.  Students are not only known by name, but rather by their interests, passions, and contributions. No single member of the White Mountain community is invisible.
     
    With our intentionally small size, we are able to provide various opportunities to our students that larger schools cannot afford.  Our distinct Field Course classes send every student off campus twice a year for a week long, immersion based study experience.  Additionally, our Orientation trips allow for every member of our student body to explore an area of New England – via rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, or mountain biking, among others - for several days before classes begin in September.
     
    A community of our size allows us to treat and honor students as individuals. We don’t just push our students with a standard academic curriculum and co-curricular activities – we guide our students to push him or herself in their own unique way.  We ask, “what are you interested in and how can we help you pursue that in a rigorous and creative way?” 
  • Q: College Counseling

    The philosophy of the college counseling program is based in the principles that discovering good matches between students and post-secondary institutions is what the college admission process is all about, and that the colleges best suited for our students are the ones that will challenge and nurture their academic and social maturation. Our college counseling program offers distinctive and exciting programs for your child to explore.
    • A Junior College Counseling Class 
    • College Counseling Monthly Newsletter
    • Senior Application Night
    • 9th Grade College Day
    • Standardized Test Prep classes

    How does White Mountain prepare international students for College or University Admission?


    As soon as international students set foot on campus, they receive extensive support to improve their English-language proficiency to maximize their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) exam. They also engage with the college counselor before senior year to receive course advisement so that they take the most appropriately rigorous courses available to them. In the admissions process, they receive support in securing their certificate of finance and bank statements so that they can transfer their I-20 to their final attending college.
  • Q: Honors and AP Courses

    With help from their advisors and families, students can craft a schedule from our course offerings that will meet their academic goals and fulfill our graduation requirements. 

    We offer several AP courses: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Human Geography, AP English Literature, and AP Environmental Science among them.  Students in all upper level courses, whether the classes are designated as AP or not, are still encouraged to take the AP test if the student has demonstrated interest and ability in the course. Many of our Junior and Senior courses are also designed to reflect much of the content within the AP tests, providing ample opportunity for our students to take and excel in the AP tests without specifically participating in an AP designated course.

    Honors courses are available to students who have a strong desire to strengthen their depth of knowledge in a given subject. All year-long, non-AP courses are offered with an honors option. By designating a certain course as honors (with permission from the student’s faculty advisor and the Dean of Academics), the course instructor will provide extra homework and more difficult assessment criteria for the student.  

    Each term students may qualify for “Head’s List,” “Honor Roll,” or “Effort Honor Roll,” based on their term GPA. 

    WMS also boasts a chapter of the National Honor Society. New members are inducted each spring. Seniors may graduate with honors in disciplines.

Community Life

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Community Life

    Everyone says they have great community life. What does community life mean at WMS?
  • Q: Location

    Tourism and activities, easy to get to Boston, Portland, Burlington, Montreal, New York...
  • Q: Advisor Program

    Adult mentorship; program permeates through residential life and athletics...
  • Q: Athletics and Afternoon Activities

    everyone plays, no cuts

    traditional team sports plus activities like theater and community service

    we take advantage of our location

    work on self-confidence 

    individual investment versus team investment 

    We believe that athletics and healthy outdoor activities are an essential part of the development of our students. Our teams are open to all and everyone has the opportunity to participate. We take pride in our ability to build strong bonds, help individuals gain strengths, skills and confidence and maintain a healthy, supportive and safe atmosphere on the playing field and in the outdoors.

    We believe that active participation in a non-academic activity is vital to the development of a rich and balanced life. Therefore, a sport activity is required of all students four days a week during each of the three seasons.

    Our gym is open in the evenings and on weekends. We offer a number of different weekend activities, including a variety of athletic and outdoor-oriented options.

    We have a number of expert outdoor instructors and coaches. We offer opportunities for beginners and experts. It is not unusual for students to discover a passion for a sport or activity at WMS and work up to a high proficiency level by the time they graduate.
  • Q: Culture of Engagement

    Encourage diversity

Co-Curriculars

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Finding and Pursuing Your Passions and Interests

    Start your own club… independent study… robotics...
  • Q: Diversity

    WMS students cannot easily be type-cast. We pride ourselves on our diverse student body and our ability. We are a community that, first and foremost, honors respect: respect for self, respect for others and respect for community and the broader world. We are a safe and supportive community in which individuals are valued for who they are.

    We are a small school and that allows for a great deal of individuality, a deep sense of community and opportunities for students to become their best selves. At WMS, everyone has a voice, everyone plays and everyone matters.

    WMS has a geographically diverse school population. Approximately 30 percent of our students are international students, with 14 countries represented. Our domestic students hail from 14 different states and Washington, D.C.. Approximately 35 percent of our students receive some financial aid.

    WMS is commited to bringing diverse voices to campus through our Cultural Event Series.
  • Q: Weekend Activities

    Boarding school offers a full and rich life, requiring students to learn how to balance academics, sports and social commitments, while still getting the "down time" everyone needs.

    There is down time each day around dinner time and, until a student reaches a high enough academic standing, there is required study hall on school nights. The gym is open most evenings after study hall and before lights out.

    WMS also prides itself in offering a large number of diverse weekend activity options. Options range from low-key to high-energy, and from on-campus to far-afield. Examples of weekend activities include: movies and snacks in the dorm, cooking with a faculty member in their kitchen, trips to Hanover, N.H. or Burlington, Vt., and outdoor sports.
  • Q: Staying in Touch

    Although the day-to-day routine changes, families remain an integral part of a student's experience at WMS. You know your student best, and we invite open communication so that we may better serve your student and family.

    A student's advisor is the primary conduit through which communication travels from school to home. Advisors check in with their advisees at Morning Meeting. Advisors keep track of a student’s progress in all areas of school life and work with parents to help their student's maximize growth and enjoy a positive WMS experience.
     

Other

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Financial Aid

    Approximately 35 percent of WMS families receive some financial aid. Eligibility is based on information we receive from Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Q: Student Spending Account

    We try to communicate the cost of a White Mountain education as clearly as possible for prospective families. Students vary in how much they spend, so families are encouraged to have on-going conversations with their student about their spending habits.

    Families may choose to fund a Student Account through the Business Office. This account works like a debit account for a student’s school-related expenses, such as art supplies, ski passes, yearbook and prom.

    This account is not intended for personal expenses or spending money.

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.

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.