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White Mountain School Photo #1 - 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.
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White Mountain School Photo #1 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #2 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #3 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #4 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #5 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #6 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #7 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #8 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #9 - 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.
White Mountain School Photo #10 - 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.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a gender-inclusive, college-preparatory boarding and day school for 140 students grades 9-12/PG.
Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement.
Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 137 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $65,000
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

Top Rankings

White Mountain School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
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
137 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
43%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
White Mountain School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
67%
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
6 courses
List of Courses Offered
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
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$34,000
Acceptance Rate
47%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Allison Letourneau
Admissions Associate
Peter Wickman

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, CitizensOfTheWorld, CommunityService, Electronics, International, Multi-Cultural, NHS, Robotics, Social, SpectrumAlliance, StudentCouncil, Sustainability, Theater, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
ACappella, Art, DigitalArtAndGraphicDesign, Environmental, InkAndPaper(LiteraryMagazine), Photography, Step

Recreational Athletic Programs:
FarmAndForest, HikingAndFitness, IndoorSoccer, Running, Ultimate, Yoga

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.
  • HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY 
  • 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.
Profile last updated: 08/17/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
My daughters benefitted greatly from the small class size and individual attention she got. The outdoor focus was also great for her. She got excellent college counseling and was accepted to her first-choice college. I highly recommend WMS.
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 137 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $65,000
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

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