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The White Mountain School
Coed, Boarding, College preparatory
371 West Farm Road, Bethlehem, NH 03574
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Basic information:
Founded Year: 1886
Campus Size: 240 acres
Grades Offered: 9-12,PG
Accredited by: NEASC , AISNE, TABS
Student #: Boarding #85, Day #40, Total# 125
International Students:25%


Academic related:
Average Class Size: 10      
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:5
Number of AP Courses: 8AP
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 67%
SAT Average:  1850 (TOP 50%)
ESL: offer


100% 4-year college acceptance!
College advising
SAT preparatory program


School highlights:
Only 2 hours drive to Boston
Small community, every student is able and expected to fulfill a leadership role in one area or another.
The White Mountain School was the first high school in the US to add Sustainability Studies as an academic department.
WMS's rock climbing program was the first high school program to earn accreditation from the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).
Special Program: LASR, outdoor education, Sustainability Studies

The school's 250-acre campus is located between the towns of Bethlehem and Littleton, New Hampshire on a hilltop providing views of the White Mountains. The nearest airport is Manchester, NH and Boston, MA.


Universities nearby:
Dartmouth College
University of New Hampshire


The McLane Academic Center houses the classroom wing, multimedia center and learning labs. The school library offers more than 7,000 volumes, an online catalog, several online databases, and an inter-library loan system with Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. The Fred Steele Science Center is equipped with SMART Board interactive technology and state-of-the-art labs which allow for a wide range of independent projects. The new Catherine Houghton Arts Center houses dance, visual arts, and music studios.


The school partners with Creative Edge Dance Studio to offer academic courses as well as technique and performance-based classes for students of all dance styles and levels. Students have access to these spaces and the practice studios and recording lab outside of class.


The 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) indoor Beverly S. Buder climbing wall is located inside an indoor sports center outfitted with Nautilus equipment, free weights and aerobic equipment. The campus also has two athletic fields, an extensive trail system, and a school farm, including a student-built post and beam shed; a chicken coop with hens; an organic vegetable and fruit garden; and composting bins. The student center is located in McLane.


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. Students who are happiest about the college process are those who have thought critically about their abilities, their goals and needs. Students and families who listen to their hearts and heads and let information and insight, rather than over-simplified college rankings guide them, will be happiest and the most successful. We look forward to working with your son or daughter and assisting them in navigating the college process.


College matriculation
Cornell university, Boston college, Boston university, Colby college, Colgate university, the University of Massachusetts, New Hampshire College, University of Vermont, American university, New York university, Duke university, the University of Michigan, Wesleyan University


Brief Introduction
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. White Mountain prepares young people for rigorous college studies and life beyond formal academics. The White Mountain School nurtures responsible and active young adults through student-focused, discussion-based classes. Performing and fine arts, outdoor/wilderness sports, as well as international and local community service are integral parts of the School’s robust curriculum.


School advantages
As a deliberately small learning community, White Mountain is able to monitor the progress-academic and personal- of every individual student very closely. We believe that our students are AIT’s-Adults In Training-and our expectations reflect that philosophy. Also because of the small community, every students is able and expected to fulfill a leadership role in one area or another.

Learning Center
Our Learning Center is designed first and foremost to help students develop their habits of seeking out academic support, to improve the way they study, and to improve the quality of their work. Learning Center support services are for students who are able to meet the academic demands of The White Mountain School but need additional attention in order to develop the skills our curriculum necessitates. The Learning Center is fully integrated into the academic and social life of the School. Additionally, the Learning Center staff members provide assistance to all members of the WMS community in identifying and assisting students who have different learning styles or minor learning disabilities.


LASR Program
At The White Mountain School all students complete an independent project through our LASR program. LASR stands for Leadership, Arts, Service, and Research. These general categories demonstrate the range of projects that students choose to undertake. This program is our way of saying that passion matters, and that we know each and every student has a spark that we want to help kindle, a fire we want to help focus.


LASR projects are designed to add value to the world in some form; WMS students work to make a positive contribution to society. Students also submit their original research in the form a paper. And finally, they present their findings publicly to our community.


Field Courses
Field Course is a week-long, academic exploration of a specific topic that occurs within an appropriate geographic setting. They occur in October and March for five days in length, although international Field Courses are longer. Recent courses have included Poverty, Homelessness and Hunger (Portland, Maine), Adirondack Art and Adventure (New York), Island Culture and Ecology (Acadia National Park, Maine), Avalanche Forecasting (Wyoming & Idaho), A Walk in Thoreau's Shoes (Massachusetts), Gender & Politics: Women's Rights in the US (Washington, DC), Desert Ecology of the Southwest (Tucson, Arizona), Community Service Odyssesy (Dominican Republic), Writing for Performance: Exploration of Performing Arts (New Hampshire), Buddhism (The Vermont Zen Center, Shelburne, Vermont), Green Living in the Urban World: Sustainability & Service (Montreal, Canada), Carving Up Equations to Carve the Slopes: The Math of Ski and Snowboard Design (Vermont & New Hampshire).


Sustainability Studies
At The White Mountain School students learn that economy, ecology, social equity and personal well-being are integral parts of global sustainability. The Sustainability Studies program helps students build an understanding of these interrelated parts by offering an array of courses as well as opportunities beyond the classroom walls. We believe it is important that students learn not just about the theory of sustainability but also how to take action within their own lives and the community in which they live. We are proud to have established the first dedicated Sustainability Studies department of any high school in the country.


Sustainability Club
Join the Sustainability Club and take action on campus and in our local community. Club members meet often to plan and implement school-wide sustainability strategies, fundraise for non-profit organizations, attend speeches and conventions, and view screenings of documentary films. This year sustainability students attended the annual Bioneers by the Bay Conference. WMS students also attended the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association's (MOFGA) Common Ground Fair, where they contributed 52 hours of community service on the composting and recycling team. WMS sustainability students have also supported programs like the Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, NY through fund raising projects in our school's community.


Farm and Forest Program
Interested students can participate in our "Farm and Forest" program after school. Students learn to care for and harvest organic fruit and vegetables from the School's garden, tend to the chickens, make apple cider and maple syrup, and learn composting techniques. We celebrate their efforts each fall at our annual Harvet Dinner during Family Weekend.


Alpine Skiing,Basketball,Cross Country,Cycling,Freestyle Skiing,Kayaking,Lacrosse, Mountain Biking,Nordic Skiing,Rock Climbing,Snowboarding,Soccer,Dance,Ice Climbing


The White Mountain School's rock climbing program was the first high school program to earn accreditation from the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). The sport climbing program partners with USA Climbing to provide multiple opportunities for competition. Students who choose to pursue outdoor sports learn the technical aspects of climbing and explore topics as minimum-impact travel, first aid, navigation, orienteering, trip planning, and natural history.


Clubs and Organizations:
A Capella, Ceramics, Community Service, Dance, Environmental Club, Hiking/Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Indoor Climbing Wall, International Club, Music, National Honor Society, Nautilus, Outing Club, Photography, Proctors (student leaders), Recreational Skiing, Snowboarding, Social Committee, Student Council, Theater, Ultimate Frisbee, Visual Arts, Yearbook


Tuition and Board for international students: $57,900(2016-2017)


Admission requirement:
Provide TOEFL and SSAT; or case by case

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