The Williston Northampton School

19 Payson Avenue
Easthampton, MA 01027-0102
Tel: (413)529-3241
Grades: 7-12 | 529 students
Williston is an exceptionally well-balanced educational community in the Five College - Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, & UMASS - area of Western Massachusetts.
Our academic program will provide you every opportunity to challenge yourself, develop new interests and encounter traditional subject matter taught in innovative ways.
The school integrates core college preparatory curriculum with exciting electives and a unique relationship with the Five Colleges while all classes emphasize mastery of language, clarity of thought and academic integrity.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Grades Offered Grades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1841

Student Body

Total Students 529 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade The Williston Northampton School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 22 courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP French Language, AP Latin:Vergil, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, BC & Multivariable Calculus,
Average SAT score 1775
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $47,900
% on Financial Aid
43%
Average Financial Aid Grant $29,220
Acceptance Rate
43%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Ann Pickrell

Sports

Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCrew,
Cross CountryDiving,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water PoloWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. ARETE (Senior Tutors), Amnesty International, Community Service, Dance, Film Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Gold Key (Student Tour Guides), Green Team, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project International, International Club, Janus (Literary Magazine), Jazz Band, Orchestra, Peer Educators, Political Forum, Spanish Club, String Ensemble, Student Alumni Organization, Student Council, The Log (Yearbook), Ultimate Frisbee, Willistonian (Student Newspaper) Dance, Film Club, French Club, Green Team, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Peer Educators, Spanish Club, ARETE (Senior Tutors),
Amnesty International,
Community Service,
Gay Straight Alliance,
Gold Key (Student Tour Guides),
Habitat for Humanity,
Heifer Project International,
International Club,
Janus (Literary Magazine),
Political Forum,
String Ensemble,
Student Alumni Organization,
Student Council,
The Log (Yearbook),
Ultimate Frisbee,
Willistonian (Student Newspaper),

School Notes

  • Members of the Class of 2009 were accepted at 46 of Barron's 75 Most Competitive colleges & universities in the counntry.
  • Offers a unique program: The Writer's Workshop series. In its twelfth year, the fall 2009 series will feature Martin Espada ("The Republic of Poetry") and Sebastian Stuart ("The Hour Between"). Previous speakers include Pulitizer Prize winners Richard Russo and James Tate, writers Arthur Golden, Anita Shreve, Augusten Burroughs, Curtis Sittenfeld, Gregory Maguire, Jodi Picoult, and screenwriter Chic Eglee '70.
  • Ninth Grade Program designed to ease the transition from middle school to secondary school and to build camaraderie in the entering class.
  • New Ninth Grade boys dorm opened in September 2008 featuring geothermal wells for heating and cooling.
  • Completed successful $36 million dollar Campaign for Legacy & Vision in June 2008 raising funds for endowment, faculty support and financial aid.

Profile last updated: 09/11/2015

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School Reviews

5.0  4/23/2013
There are many things to love about Williston. Just to start somewhere, this is a place where students are encouraged to be authentic and this usually means that they are not cut-throat like some of the students at the more well-known prep schools. It is a caring community at every level. Top students will be challenged, but students who come needing some extra help will get that too. The teachers are outstanding by any measure, and are more caring than any place we''ve seen. The location, though, is fantastic. Being a part of Easthampton and near Northampton add so much to climate. Finally, the athletic facilities are great!!!
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