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    White Mountain School ::: Bethlehem, New Hampshire ::: Northeast U.S.

    White Mountain School, Bethlehem, New Hampshire


    • A rural community nestled among the majestic White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, 150 miles (241 km) from Boston
    • 125 students; average class size 12 students; student/faculty ratio 5:1
    • Special, innovative programs include Outdoor Learning Expeditions, Field Studies , LASR (Leadership, Arts, Service & Research) and Sustainability Studies
    • University placements include Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University, among others
    • ESL Program




    4 seasons, snow in winter

    Student Body

    125 students (grades 9-12); 18% international 

    Average Class Size

    12 students


    28 faculty; 70% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placements include Bates College, Mt. Holyoke College, Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University, University of California-Berkeley among others.

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Calculus AB & BC, Computer Science, English Literature, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Spanish, Studio Art: Drawing/Painting, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3D Design

    Honors:  All core courses are offered at the honors level

    Special Programs

    LASR - Leadership, Arts, Service and Research. LASR projects are designed to add value to the world in some form:WMS student work to make a positive contribution to society through reseach, time management and communication by research papers and school presentations.

    Field Courses: Students immerse themselves in a week-long, off campus Field Course each semester.  This in-depth, academic exploration on a specific topic in an authentic setting allowing student to explore and develop interests and passions beyond the walls of the traditonal classroom.

    Sustainability Studies emphasizes relationships between well-being, social equity, the environment and economics.  Sustainability Studies involves: Cradle-to-grave thinking; systems studies; seventh generation thinking; sustainability studies is both academic and action-based.

    Outdoor Learning Expeditions: Utilizing experiential methods,WMS equip students with the knowledge skills and sensitivity required for facilitation of safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences in a variety of topographic settings.

    Marking System

    WMS utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; grades below 60 indicate failure and no credit is granted.  Grades are issued at the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters and at their midpoints.

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 4 credits
    Social Studies/History - 2.5 credits
      (Modern World History, American History)
    Mathematics - 3 credits
      (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
    Science - 3 credits
      ( Biology and Chemistry or Physics)
    World Languages - 2 credits
      (One language)
    Visual and Performing Arts - 1 credits
    Philosophy and Religious Studies - 0.5 credits
    Sustainability Studies - 0.5 credits
    Field Courses - successful completion of 2 per year
    Independent Project - successful completion of requirements

    World Languages offered: French, Spanish

    SAT/ACT Scores:  Average SAT score = 1150 (Reading & Math); Average ACT score = 27 


    The White Mountain School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges


    Sports: Back-country Skiing and Snowboarding, Basketball, Cross-country, Dance, Free-style Skiing, Hiking & Fitness, Ice Climbing, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Sports Climbing, White Water Kayaking, Yoga


    Studio Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Choreography, Dance, Music History, Music Theory, Photography, Theater, Vocal Ensemble

    Extracurricular Activities

    Clubs and Activities: A Cappella, Art Club, Astronomy Club, Chess Club, China Care, Citizens of the World, Citizenship Committee, Electronics Club, Indoor Soccer Club, Ink and Paper (Literary & Arts Magazine), International Student Mentors and Translators, Multi-Cultural Diverstiy Club, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Robotics Club, Running Club, Social Committee, Spectrum Alliance, Step Club, Student Council, Sustainability Club, Theater Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Yearbook

    Campus Features: 

    The WMS is located on 250 acres (101 hectares) within a thriving community of artists, musicians, actors and filmmakers.  Features include: Academic Buildings, Science Center, Arts Center, Black Box Theater, 4 Dormitories, Gym Climbing Wall, Playing Fields, Dining Hall, Formal Garden, Farm, Sugar Shack, Recycling Center.


    ESL I: ESL I, English, History

    ESL II: History, Literature, Literature & Composition, Writing

    ESL III: Literature, Foundations Humanities, TOEFL Preparation, Writing & Language Support