The White Mountain School

371 West Farm Road
Bethlehem, NH 03574-0357
Tel: (603)444-2928
Grades: 9-12 | 125 students
Is the classroom the only place in which to learn? We don't think so. WMS Students immerse themselves in a week-long, off-campus Field Course each semester. These unique experiences allow in-depth, academic exploration of a specific topic in an authentic setting. Each Course provides an incomparable opportunity for students to explore and develop interests and passions beyond the classroom.
Is the classroom the only place in which to learn? We don't think so. WMS Students immerse themselves in a week-long, off-campus Field Course each semester. These unique experiences allow in-depth, academic exploration of a specific topic in an authentic setting. Each Course provides an incomparable opportunity for students to explore and develop interests and passions beyond the classroom.
All students complete an independent project through our L.A.S.R. program. L.A.S.R. 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 focus.
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.
Through our partnership with Creative Edge Dance Studio, we are able to offer numerous and varied dance opportunities for a WMS student to explore or further their interest in dance. Our offerings include academic courses as well as technique and performance-based classes for a number of different dance styles and dancer ability levels.
We believe that athletics and healthy outdoor activities are essential parts of the development of all our students. Teams and activities are open to all, and everyone has the opportunity to participate. We take pride in our ability to build strong bonds, help students gain individual and group strengths, skills, and confidence.
As a college preparatory school, the college process begins as soon as students set foot on campus.  Our faculty and Academic Dean have college preparation in mind as they plan their courses and as they advise students in their course sign-ups.  While welcome to work with our College Counselor at any time, students begin formal work during their Junior year.
Students can join any number of clubs or be engaged with formal activities in areas of interest to them. There are great opportunities for all students to participate and to lead a huge variety of clubs and activities. In recent years we have had a number of new successfully launched and run student clubs and organizations.
Living intentionally in a small supportive community allows students to truly feel like WMS is a home away from home. Boarding students live in one of four dorms with their peers, faculty members and faculty families. Faculty doors are very often open and their apartments can feel like an extension of the dorm.
The Great Hall is the heart of campus, where the entire community gathers for morning meetings, presentations, and special events. Our dining hall and student center are right off The Great Hall. Hang out with friends, play foosball, ping pong or shoot a game of pool.
In these mountains we are 'surrounded by things greater than ourselves.' We connect with a purpose beyond ourselves. Our mountain setting inspires us to explore more broadly, to think more deeply, and to experience the fullness of life. Our setting also allows our students to explore and excel in unique outdoor sports offerings.
We are a school of inquiry and engagement, valuing curiosity and dedicated passion in our students.
We believe in open dialogue between students and teachers to foster authentic relationships and enthusiasm for intellectual discourse.
We offer a variety of alternative outdoor sports such as rock climbing, skiing, and whitewater kayaking.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported We serve mild to moderate learning differences including ADHD and Executive Functioning deficits, academic anxiety, and diagnosed Learning Disabilities (e.g. reading disorder, math disorder).
Year Founded 1886

Student Body

Total Students 125 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade The White Mountain School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 10 courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish Language, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting,
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost $57,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $34,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Sarah Catlin
Admissions Associate Joshua Pelkey


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, SoccerBasketballClimbing,
Cross CountryCycling,
DanceFreestyle Skiing,
Mountain BikingNordic Skiing,
Rock ClimbingSki Jumping,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. ACappella, Art, Astronomy, Chess, CitizensOfTheWorld, Citizenship, CommunityService, DigitalArtAndGraphicDesign, Electronics, Environmental, FarmAndForest, HikingAndFitness, IndoorSoccer, InkAndPaper(LiteraryMagazine), International, Multi-Cultural, NHS, Photography, Robotics, Running, Social, SpectrumAlliance, Step, StudentCouncil, Sustainability, Theater, Ultimate, Yearbook, Yoga ACappella, Art, Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, Electronics, Environmental, FarmAndForest, IndoorSoccer, International, Multi-Cultural, NHS, Photography, Robotics, Running, Social, Step, StudentCouncil, Sustainability, Theater, Ultimate, Yearbook, Yoga, CitizensOfTheWorld,

School Notes

  • We are a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in our Episcopal heritage, we prepare and inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage and compassion.
  • Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Since our founding in 1886, we have remained true to the original focus of New England boarding schools: the development of mind, body and spirit. We develop the mind through our college preparatory curriculum and through a campus-wide ethos of inquiry and engagement in learning. We develop the body through sports and other physical activities, making full use of our spectacular natural setting. We develop the spirit through reflection, exploration of meaning and purpose, and service in the broader world. In the context of a traditional liberal arts curriculum, we engage students in authentic inquiry asking and pursuing questions that matter to them. This inquiry process not only leads to enduring learning, it helps students develop the skills and habits essential for academic success. Our students learn how to frame a question, how to find and evaluate research resources, how to synthesize information, and how to formulate an argument. They develop habits of curiosity, collaboration, and persistence. In short, they become great learners.
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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   05/17/16
Small size allows the diverse and international community a chance to appreciate various perspectives- excellent leadership and faculty take advantage of the spectacular mountain setting with sports and art courses inspired by the schools close ties with the natural environment. A college prep program, the school supports academically driven students with learning differences, and helps students find their passions through field courses and the senior L.ASR project. Great science and arts facilities. Classes emphasize discussions and critical thinking- the small size facilitates the student's active participation. Great small school.
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