The Williston Northampton School

  • 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.

Top Placements

The Williston Northampton School places among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1841

Student Body

Total Students450 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Williston Northampton School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Advanced CoursesAP 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

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Admissions DirectorChris Dietrich

Sports

Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsAlpine 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.Amnesty International, ARETE (Senior Tutors), 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)

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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Deerfield
    Grades: 9-12 | 648 students
    19.5 miles
    7 Boyden Lane
    Deerfield, MA 01342
    (413) 774-1400
    19.5 9-12
    648
  • Suffield
    Grades: 9-12 | 413 students
    19.4 miles
    185 North Main Street
    Suffield, CT 06078
    (860) 386-4440
    19.4 9-12
    413
  • Gill
    Grades: 9-12 | 650 students
    29.6 miles
    One Lamplighter Way
    Gill, MA 01354
    (413) 498-3227
    29.6 9-12
    650
  • Worcester
    Grades: 6-12 | 609 students
    45 miles
    81 Providence Street
    Worcester, MA 01604
    (508) 459-5440
    45 6-12
    609
  • Ashburnham
    Grades: 9-12 | 400 students
    46.1 miles
    39 School Street
    Ashburnham, MA 01430
    (978) 827-7000
    46.1 9-12
    400

School Reviews

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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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