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Step boldly into your future at New Hampton School.
A boarding and day secondary school, New Hampton is a place where college prepara3on meets 21st-century innova3on. Going beyond the tradi3onal academic founda3on, we oďŹ€er a dynamic, globally focused curriculum and an exci3ng variety of learning experiences within a diverse school community. Itâ€™s an educa3on for today and tomorrow, one designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to ďŹ‚ourish in our rapidly changing global world.
The confines of your country or culture
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The superficial level
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Global perspectives are integrated into academic work and everyday life.
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New Hampton students come from nearly 20 diďŹ€erent countries. Can you name these mystery ďŹ‚ags?
Itâ€™s a big, complex world of interconnected
economies, ecosystems, countries, and cultures. This small school in rural New Hampshire will give you the tools to understand it.
Both academic and community life here are geared toward helping students to develop informed perspectives on todayâ€™s global world, along with the critical thinking, technological, communication, and social skills to solve problems and promote innovation wherever they go.
Science and sustainability classes u3lize Vernier LabQuest Datalogger technology for experiments on campus.
The Global Curriculum The academic curriculum at New Hampton is characterized by a spirit of inquiry, an appreciation for innovation, and an outward-looking perspective. We provide multiple avenues for students to experience, explore, and appreciate world cultures, languages, and histories, as well as environmental, social, and political issues. Students are encouraged to ponder: How do we know what we know? What are my cultural biases? How does what I know make sense in the greater context of today’s world?
He’d Rather Be Here
In search of a better educational experience, left his cool cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, Spain, for scenic New Hampshire and a small school with a lot to offer. Alex says, “I think that one of the best things about New Hampton is that you learn about so many other cultures by living with people from around the United States and the world. You learn how to respect other ways of thinking. I experienced this a lot with debates in class.” Alex calls the small class size at New Hampton “pretty awesome.” He notes, “I’m getting the individual attention I wouldn’t get in Spain.” Alex notes that New Hampton has given him insight into how he learns best. Overall, he enjoys the level of academics and the interest in sports here. His number-one favorite thing? “The way people make you feel a part of the school and the community.”
“I want to inspire my
students to expand their global perspec-ve. This country is becoming
more diverse than ever, and this diversity
is a significant asset to the strength of this na-on. Speaking a second language will enable our students to communicate, compete, and thrive in this society.”
Spanish and French teacher, soccer coach, and mentor, originally from Cape Verde, Africa
Learning and Doing Thinking globally is also a hallmark of our activities outside of the classroom. New Hampton students grapple with world issues at Model United Nations conferences and work toward real solutions through class service projects that address the United Nations Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2000. Students promote environmental awareness and sustainable practices as participants in such organizations as the Green Schools Alliance and as members of the school’s Husky Green Council. They’re even thinking globally when they’re catching lunch in-between classes: Our dining hall’s organic food is part of our school-wide commitment to going green. Throughout the school year, notable guest speakers inform and inspire students with talks that connect New Hampton to the global world. And annual events, such as Martin Luther King Day, provide opportunities for students to explore not only civil rights in America, but also such issues as world hunger, poverty, and social justice.
An Interna3onal Community of Teachers and Learners
The diverse New Hampton community includes students from nearly 20 nations and faculty members who have lived and worked all over the planet. Global and cross-cultural learning goes on every day whenever roommates, teammates, and classmates from various countries interact. It’s just an enjoyable part of life here. The Director of our International Support Program is dedicated to providing guidance and support for international students as they navigate new cultural and educational experiences. Many of our international students take on the role of ambassador, by participating in our annual International Day celebration, giving presentations at school meetings, and preparing ethnic food in the dining hall. Global learning can be as invigorating as American rock ‘n’ roll, as beautiful as traditional Chinese dance, and as delicious as Tom Yum Soup, Kalbi, and Ceviche de Pescaolo (from Thailand, Korea, and Ecuador, respectively).
New Hampton School hosts numerous camps and programs during the summer months, including the Accelerated English Learning Program (AELP), which prepares students linguis3cally and culturally for study in the United States. Husky Pride can be found everywhere on campus!
Signature Programs As part of our global curriculum, New Hampton offers special programs not found at every school:
Interna3onal Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate or IB is an organization with more than 2,800 authorized schools in 138 countries. New Hampton is the first New England boarding school sanctioned to award the prestigious IB diploma. Students who choose to pursue the rigorous program enjoy a two-year interdisciplinary diploma that draws on content from many cultures, requires learning a second language, and encourages students to be active learners and knowledgeable global citizens. Students typically enroll in IB courses in their 11th and 12th grade years. IB courses are taught by New Hampton’s own IB-trained faculty members, but student achievement is ultimately assessed by outside evaluators whose job is to maintain the IB curriculum’s world-class standards. Students who wish to participate in the IB experience without pursuing the two-year curriculum can earn IB certificates for taking individual IB classes.
China Exchange Program
Where do Chinese teenagers live and go to school? How do they experience the world and view the similarities and differences between Chinese society and that of Western cultures? New Hampton students have the opportunity to delve into such questions, face to face, thanks to our China Exchange Program, which facilitates reciprocal school visits for students at New Hampton School and Shibei High School in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. This program forges beneficial connections between the two schools and offers students the kind of complex, textured insights that cannot be gained through books and conventional study alone.
Do these quali3es describe the kind of student you are or would like to become? The Interna3onal Baccalaureate cul3vates this type of learner:
Thinker Knowledgeable Risk-taker Open minded Communicator
Principled Reﬂec3ve Inquirer Balanced Caring
“ Colleges respect the way students
are asked to think in new integra-ve ways, u-lizing the inquiry-based,
interdisciplinary nature of IB courses. Colleges really want more students
applying from the IB Diploma Program. Our IB program puts New Hampton
School in a more compe--ve posi-on in the college process.”
New Hampton School Director of College Counseling
Students develop essential knowledge and relevant skills as active, engaged learners.
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Students at New Hampton installed an evacuated tube solar water heater on one of the dorms.
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Sort of like a thermos. Each dual tube has an outer transparent tube and an inner, specially Non-toxic liquid coated tube. Together they allow light rays in and keep the heat. The tubes are fused together at the top, and the air between the two layers of glass is pumped out to form a vacuum to improve insulation. See the students in action at www.newhampton.org/huskyblog Cooled vapour, liquifies and returns to bo om of pipe to repeat cycle
New Hampton has been preparing students for college and beyond for nearly 200 years.
Small classes and meaningful interactions with dedicated teachers are just the beginning.
We ensure that all students are challenged to their potential by offering regular college prep, honors, learning support, Advanced Placement, and now International Baccalaureate options. But the New Hampton School of today also offers something more窶馬amely, skill-based, applied, experiential, and service learning opportunities that will help prepare students for a rapidly changing world.
New Hamptonâ€™s iPad iniaves allow students to use this device as a textbook, organizer, and resource.
Durable Skills At New Hampton, we don’t leave skill development to chance. We make it a part of what every teacher teaches in every class, in every discipline. We do this through the Foundations of Learning: A Continuum of Skills for 21st-Century Learners. An integral part of our globally relevant curriculum, the Foundations of Learning rubric explicitly states what skills we expect our students to develop and what the proficiency standard is at each grade level. New Hampton students are challenged to meet a high standard, and they are supported as they progressively and methodically build skills in: Writing Organization Reading Note Taking Problem Solving Technology Research Speaking Awareness Creativity
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Can you imagine finding 10 rap songs that might make an appropriate soundtrack to a novel written in 1911?
students can. In one class students had to find—and analyze in writing—songs that illuminated themes and ideas in Ethan Frome. Such creative assignments are not unusual for Grosart, an English teacher with degrees from Tufts University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, who is a singer, songwriter, and—in a manner of speaking—a literary rock star. She won a recent “New Hampshire Literary Idol” contest, sponsored by the annual New Hampshire Writer’s Day Conference, for a three-minute “flash fiction” piece judged to be the best. Ms. Grosart came away with a bit of glory, as well as “ideas and strategies about how to make creative writing interesting and accessible to my students.”
Ms. Grosart Applied Knowledge A dozen students in a class called Projects in Sustainability recently calculated the school’s carbon footprint, started a community garden, examined the feasibility of geothermal power at the school, and helped to install a solar water heater on the roof of Veazey Dormitory. The solar thermal system, an evacuated tube system designed for colder climates, will produce over 10 million British thermal units and is projected to eliminate the usage of over 3,000 kilowatt hours per year. It’s science. It’s math. It’s amazing! And it’s just one example of how New Hampton students apply learning in relevant, real-world contexts.
Designed to Engage The latest research proves that people learn in a variety of ways. New Hampton’s teachers use creative and imaginative approaches to fully engage students in the learning process. For example, grammar might seem a little boring, but here’s food for thought: Students in one Spanish III class learned how to use and demonstrate knowledge of the imperativo (imperative) verb form by teaching classmates how to prepare traditional dishes. After first researching Hispanic foods (using only Spanish language sources), students wrote the recipes and did demonstrations using the appropriate grammatical structures. Who knew that empanadas, churros, and chimichangas could provide the recipe for skill development in research, speaking, and writing!
What does a 21st-century educa3on look like? Classes in compara3ve world cultures, media produc3ons, engineering, environmental art, science and sustainability, and The Theory of Knowledge
Not Superman, Freeman!
World-class athlete is considered fast because of his talents as a distance runner and accomplishments as a Nordic skier. He has competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and more than a dozen U.S. national championships. Here, the math and physics teacher might be more famous for doing arithmetic in his head faster than his students can do it on their calculators. He is also known for tough tests and for once prompting students to use math and logic to show that part of the premise of the book Angels and Demons is flawed. (“This involved calculating the electrostatic potential of a charge distribution,” he explains.) One of the school’s International Baccalaureate-trained teachers, he notes, “I really like the IB program because it does such a good job of looking all over the world and gathering best practices in educating high school students.”
Learning in a Compelling Environment Nowhere is it written that classrooms must have walls. New Hampton’s innovative experiential learning initiatives prove that some of the best classrooms and laboratories for learning include wilderness, urban, campus, and community settings.
Sophomore Coopera3ve Learning Expedi3on A five-day backpacking trip in the wilderness doesn’t sound like the kind of thing worth mentioning on a college application. Then again, New Hampton’s Sophomore Cooperative Learning Expedition—known as SophX—is not merely an outdoor adventure in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is also a serious, structured skill-building curriculum. Guided by faculty and peer leaders, sophomores tackle the challenges of orienteering, outdoor cooking, and camping. They also engage in activities and exercises based on cooperation, introspection, communication, leadership, decision-making, responsibility, conflict resolution, and overcoming obstacles—in short, skills that can be applied in college and in life.
DID YOU KNOW? We’ve been doing the sophomore expedi3on for 10 years, that’s more than a thousand students and young people on the trails in New Hampshire.
Believe it or not, one of the SophX leadership ac3vi3es involves chocolate!
Community service days provide opportuni3es to aid local chari3es and organiza3ons like the New Hampshire Humane Society.
Junior Urban Adventure
Investigation, integration, and critical thinking are some of the skills students develop during the Junior Urban Adventure ( JUA). Using the city of Boston as their classroom and laboratory, small groups of students select an issue and examine it from multiple perspectives, drawing upon such resources as professional and academic experts, colleges and universities, museums, performances, and historical sites. For example, a group of students exploring the topic of business ethics might meet with an executive of a multinational corporation in the financial industry and also visit the Museum of Science for an exhibit on consumerism and its effects on the environment. A group exploring new media might tour multi-media facilities at Emerson College, a college focused on the communication arts, and also conduct a survey of shoppers at Faneuil Hall to analyze how people get their news. Upon their return from the JUA, students integrate and synthesize what theyâ€™ve learned and prepare oral and written presentations to share with the campus community.
New Hamptonâ€™s Service Learning Program empowers students to combine a global perspective with local action. Our students work with faculty members, neighbors, and non-profit agencies on service projects both on campus and in the greater community. They help others and learn about their capacity to have a positive impact on the world around them by mentoring youth, cleaning up the environment, promoting animal rights, addressing poverty and hunger, and caring for the elderly. Service learning is a part of the curriculum for students in all grades and culminates with the Senior Independent Service Project, which involves at least 30 hours of service, either over the summer or during the school year. Seniors must also prepare a presentation for their peers about what theyâ€™ve learned and accomplished. One special opportunity for service is an annual school-sponsored trip to construct houses with Habitat for Humanity.
DID YOU KNOW? Students on the JUA decide what they want to learn about, and then we design the program based on their ideas.
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Athletics, arts, and leadership experiences are among the great opportunities here.
1. Rex Dickson ’91 was the lead developer of these two video games for Electronic Arts and Kaos, respec1vely?
2. Compe1ng for what university did New Hampton School graduates Wes Miller and Rashad McCants ’02 win the na1onal championship in basketball in 2005? 3. Roberto Hernandez ’84 became the 11th baseball player in MLB history to do what in 2007?
4. A"er gradua1ng from Colby College, Alicia Burrows ’00 served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Germany as an oﬃcer in what component of the Armed Forced?
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New Hampton students have opportuni1es to learn from amazing people here and to go on to do great things. For example:
5. What New Hampton grad performed at the Grand Ole Opry?
At New Hampton School we’re 100 percent certain that as
great as you are now, you’ll ﬁnd many new ways to grow, contribute, experience fulfillment, and have fun while you’re at it.
Will you be the athlete who discovers a passion for dance or theater? The poet who flips for kayaking or snowboarding? The reserved student who — with the prodding and encouragement of a caring faculty member— becomes a visible and vocal campus leader? Athletics, arts, leadership, student activities — we offer a multitude of terrific opportunities for students to pursue individual talents and interests within a supportive, relaxed, down-to-earth residential community. This is your chance to live with and learn from some amazing people.
Foliage Day: Hike Burleigh Mountain With Your Advisor Group.
A Sense of Belonging One of the most meaningful opportunities is the chance to be a part of something greater than yourself, to be a member of a school community that has flourished since 1821 and that currently has graduates living all over the globe. Here’s the catch: Belonging also means making this community better with what you have to offer as an individual. All it takes is an openness to new experiences and a willingness to develop relationships based on honesty and mutual respect.
As part of our community, you’ll enjoy a number of New Hampton tradi1ons, including:
Foliage Day: Come on down (up, actually) to New Hampton’s
Burleigh Mountain campus for hiking and an all-school barbecue at one of the most beautiful times of year here. School Meetings: Hello, public speaking! The whole school gathers on Monday and Friday each week, giving faculty and students a chance to make timely announcements, give accolades, perform, or make presentations of interest to the community. Winter Carnival: It’s one of the best weekends of the year, with snow sculptures, winter sports, class competitions, cotton candy, a pie-eating contest, entertainment, and more. Powder Keg: It’s a barrel-shaped trophy that New Hampton’s teams have the chance to defend or reclaim, as part of a rivalry that goes back to 1895. Clubs: We spice up the winter term with a clubs program that gives students the opportunity to explore and experiment with cooking, robotics, film studies, chess, knitting, and more. Home-Like Dorms: Living in one of our thirteen student residences is an opportunity to take more responsibility for yourself and your stuff, to bond with fellow students, and to be welcomed as another member of the faculty families who live there with you. Weekend Fun: On-campus events on a given weekend might include a live band, a hypnotist, or other professional entertainment, or a student-sponsored talent show or dance. Movie and mall trips are regularly scheduled, while other off-campus activities might include hiking expeditions, rock-climbing, bowling or an afternoon in nearby Boston.
Moving Toward Leadership At New Hampton School, we don’t leave leadership skill development to chance. We provide numerous ways for students to gradually increase their capacity for leadership with each new year. For example, leadership training is a major part of the Sophomore Cooperative Learning Expedition, and leadership practice is built into the Junior Urban Adventure. Student leadership roles are also integrated into everyday life on campus. These include: Head Tour Guides: Students who assist with the welcoming of prospective families to campus. Athletic Assistants: Event managers who oversee equipment as well as scorekeeping responsibilities for games. Captains Council: Athletic team captains who promote Husky pride and organize opportunities to show sportsmanship and school spirit.
Junior Urban Adventure Leaders:
Seniors who help facilitate the juniors’ activities in Boston. Proctors: Students who serve as peer advisors and aid dorm parents in maintaining a fun and healthy dorm environment. SophX Leaders: Juniors who assist faculty in coordinating the sophomore wilderness trip. Student Council: Representatives from each grade who work with faculty and administrators on school activities and school governance issues.
vanessa and merrill
One enjoys soccer and lacrosse, is most proud of her service as student body vice president, and jumped at the chance to go to China with a New Hampton delegation. The other captained the basketball and softball teams, considers herself to be insanely organized, and relished a school trip to Florida to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. They have their differences, but what these four-year roommates share is an appreciation for the people of New Hampton. (the student government leader) says the school community is made up of compassionate and hardworking citizens who “push one another and provide support and guidance at the same time.” Says , “At New Hampton School we learn and grow from one another’s experiences. We all come from different backgrounds and lifestyles and all are respectful of that—we all become one big family.”
Athle1cs for Everybody If you value exciting rivalries, competitive and championship-caliber teams, terrific facilities, well-qualified and inspirational coaches—and aspire to play in the college ranks—you’ve come to the right place. These are among the reasons why so many students who identify themselves as athletes find New Hampton’s athletic programs appealing. But if you are new to team sports, favor recreational activities, or have a hankering to try some outdoor adventures, you too are in luck. New Hampton provides a huge variety of athletic options and team experiences for novice and experienced athletes alike. Students participate in an atmosphere of respect and sportsmanship and are encouraged to develop a positive perspective on lifelong physical fitness.
An Athlete’s Defining Moments
Athle1c oﬀerings include:
Baseball Basketball Equestrian Cross Country Cycling Field Hockey Football Golf Ice Hockey Kayaking Lacrosse Mountain Biking Rock Climbing Skiing Snowboarding Soccer So"ball Tennis
A four-year varsity football player, captain his senior year, leader in rushing. You might think is all about football. That’s OK. Jet used to think that too. Then he came to New Hampton and started meeting fellow students from other countries and hanging out with kids with different interests and talents. With a little encouragement from faculty mentors, he also realized his own determination could get him through even the toughest classes. (For example, Economics: Initially he really wanted to drop it, but he persevered and ultimately earned an A for both the final exam and the course.) “I found out I was a really good student,” says Jet, who plays football at Lafayette College. “I found out I could be a pretty good public speaker, and I’m trying to learn to play the guitar and piano. I was just an athlete at my old school. At New Hampton, I could define myself by so much more.”
World Cup skier Warner Nickerson ’00
Extensive Fields and Facili1es Our athletes benefit from the fields and facilities we have right on campus and other nearby venues. These include: • Five outdoor fields, including the synthetic turf Kennedy Field, which is our showcase for fall and spring sports. • Field house and gymnasium facilities that include NCAA basketball courts, a batting cage, a golf cage, two comprehensive weight training and cardiovascular rooms, and more. • The indoor/outdoor Merrill Lindsay Arena, a great venue for hockey players and spectators alike. • Many miles of cross country and mountain biking trails on our 325-acre campus. • NHS Athletic Training Room, a 900-squarefoot, multi-purpose facility, equipped with four treatment tables, a taping station, two whirlpools, e-stim ultrasound units, and hot/cold hydro-collators. • Access to ideal locations for whitewater kayaking and rock climbing including the Pemigewasset River (adjacent to campus). • White Mountain Country Club, our home for instructional and competitive golf. • Dedicated trails expressly for New Hampton students’ ski and snowboard training at Waterville Valley and Ragged Mountain. • An equestrian facility, just 15 minutes from campus, featuring stables and indoor and outdoor riding rings for instructional riding and preparation for dressage competitions. • Burleigh Mountain, our own outdoor adventure training site which includes a 50-foot Alpine Tower, a ropes course, and multiple yurts.
Basketball games are a highlight of winter weekends.
“The athle,c program pushed me to
become a be-er athlete, while giving me confidence to succeed in a
mul,tude of realms. Playing three
varsity sports, and having a structured schedule enabled me to excel in all facets of school life. I will always
appreciate everything my coaches did for me, and for the experiences I had throughout my four years at NHS.”
Kayla DiBari ’08
women’s lacrosse player, College of the Holy Cross
NHS Athle1c Alums Go Far 100-plus have played Division I athle1cs 9 are coaching Division I basketball 5 have played or play in the NBA 5 have played in the NHL 3 have won an NCAA championship 2 have played for the women’s na1onal hockey team 2 have represented their country at the Olympic games 2 have competed for the U.S. ski team 1 has appeared in over 1,000 major league baseball games 1 won the Hoby Baker Award, presented to the best player in all of college hockey 1 has played in the NFL
The Art of a Well-Rounded Educa1on Creativity is a life skill and a personal asset窶馬ot to mention a thrill to experience. Our arts programs nurture creative exploration and provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop and share a unique artistic voice and vision. Ninth graders get a taste of the huge breadth and depth of our arts offerings through the Arts Foundation course, which features a sampling of the disciplines of photography, visual art, performing art, and music. From there, students can progress from introductory-level courses to opportunities to pursue independent study projects. Art at New Hampton School prepares students for college programs and careers in the arts.
In Environmental Art classes, students use the environment as their pale2e.
An Actress and More Involved in the performing arts since the age of three, is thrilled to be able to further her passion for the stage at New Hampton. Getting to play the role of Emily in “Our Town” was definitely a highlight. But that’s not the only reason she chose to leave her old school after her sophomore year. Says Dara, “I was attracted to New Hampton School because of its intimacy and the environment it provided.” Coming from a school with big classes, Dara found New Hampton to be the kind of place where she could quickly make friends and “build genuine relationships with fellow students and teachers.” A dancer, Dara also joined the soccer team and she says, “In my first year I learned a lot about myself in and out of the classroom. I was able to try new things and grow with the help of the New Hampton community.”
Visual Arts In studio art courses, students explore and master such media as drawing, painting, and printmaking. But those are only the beginning of the extensive visual arts options. Highlights include: • Environmental Art, for which students use objects and elements found in the natural environment—including snow, rocks, and tree bark—to create installations throughout our campus. • Graphic design in which students use the latest computer technology and design software for such projects as logo design, event posters, advertisements, and magazine design. • Photography courses, teaching both digital and film photography techniques, from the beginning level through Advanced Placement. • Media production using professional-level digital equipment and software. Students shoot, edit, and produce in a custom studio a live weekly news and culture program called “Inside NHS.”
A variety of music courses and performance ensembles give students the opportunity to try a new instrument, such as piano or guitar, to experiment with musical composition and audio production, and to hone their craft as members of the Chorus, Jazz Band, or Instrumental Stage Ensemble. As part of their extracurricular activities, some instrumentalists are invited to join the Pit Band, which provides live accompaniment to the annual musical. Private lessons for a variety of instruments are available.
No experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is a must in New Hamptonâ€™s Theatre Department. Students enjoy elective courses and self-designed or independent study courses in such areas as acting, directing, improvisation, public speaking, technical theatre, and more. Itâ€™s a flexible curriculum that gives fundamental instruction for beginners and advanced coursework for students who intend to apply to undergraduate theatre programs. Each year the theatre program presents three major productions, including a musical in either the spring or fall. A highlight of the winter term is the staging of a number of student-directed plays.
Theatrical produc1ons have included the classic Our Town.
Audiences Near and Far New Hampton students share their creative efforts with audiences on campus and beyond. Photographers, artists, and writers contribute their work to the Belfry, the school yearbook, and PawPrints, the school newspaper. Some of our writers also participate in the New England Young Writers Workshop. All art students participate in student exhibits and have opportunities to submit work for scholarships, awards, and competitions, including the juried Scholastic Art Awards and the Plymouth Friends of the Arts Annual Juried High School Art Show.
Dance Dancers of varying levels of ability and experience feel at home in New Hamptonâ€™s dance program. Incorporating ballet, modern dance, jazz, and hip-hop styles, the dance program focuses on technique, art appreciation, choreography, performance, composition, and history. Students may choose to take dance courses for Performing Arts credit, or to participate in dance as an co-curricular activity. Each year various guest artists who are nationally known masters of their craft are invited to campus to work with students and to discuss their creative processes and techniques.
Performing artists have opportunities to present their work at school meetings, for major productions, and for special events like the Parents Weekend Performing Arts Showcase. Many of our student musicians participate in state-wide and district festivals, such as Jazz All State; All State Orchestra, Band and Chorus; All New England Choral Festival; and the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Dancers present the Annual Winter Dance Concert and the National Dance Week Celebration. Recognized beyond campus for their talents, our dancers have performed at Plymouth State Universityâ€™s annual Dance Premier.
You’re smart and talented. You’ve got a lot going for you. We’ve got a lot going for you too. Check out these School a2ributes by the numbers:
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50 Number of buildings on campus and the height in feet of the School’s Alpine Tower
1995 The year Men’s Hockey Coach Ma2 Wright won the Na1onal Championship with Boston University 200 The largest herd from which beef in the dining hall is produced
416 The number of gallons of fuel faculty member Ted S1les saves each year by running his car on waste vegetable oil from the dining hall 4 The number of female New Hampton graduates who currently teach at the School
15-17 million – The number BTUs (Bri1sh thermal units) that will be produced by the Veazey Dorm solar water heater
700 The number of dollars saved each year with the use of the Veazey solar water heater
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Excellent college counseling, strong learning support, and cutting-edge technology are among the school’s best assets.
At New Hampton School, we draw upon a number of
key resources to enhance the living and learning experiences of our students.
These resources include people, facilities, programs, and the philosophies and practical approaches we apply to learning support, college counseling, and technology.
A 5:1 teacher-to-student ra1o makes NHS an in1mate place for learning.
Faculty Our greatest resource is without a doubt the faculty. These are caring adults and accomplished individuals with multitude of talents, who could have chosen many other career paths but who have decided to put their life’s energy into teaching, coaching, advising, and guiding students. Many dedicate years of their lives to serving as dorm parents who make students feel like they have a second family. New Hampton’s faculty members take the time to understand and appreciate each student as a unique, complex, and multi-faceted person. Each student has a designated advisor who is an important mentor and advocate, as well as the main point-person for parental communication. But make no mistake: all the adults you encounter in your daily life at New Hampton are ready and willing to play a role in your success as a student and growth as a human being and citizen of the world.
“ Your dorm parent is your parent, and your advisor is your parent. That’s
how much they care about you. You will always have adults looking out for you, watching your games, and stopping you around campus.”
from Nashua, Hampshire
true story She’s Looking out for You, Personally
Jennifer Berry ’83 is an example
of how the adults in the community “wear many hats” and interact with students in different contexts and different ways: She’s an English teacher, advisor, and tennis coach. A New Hampton alumna and parent, she is also the Director of Studies, with responsibility for putting together every single student’s academic schedule, one by one. This involves homework: She examines academic files and transcripts, speaks to parents, meets with students individually, and often communicates with a student’s previous teachers. Then Ms. Berry handcrafts an academic plan for the year that is customized for each student. “Everyone is treated as an individual,” Ms. Berry says. “You may be a standout in one area, but struggle in another. I’m looking to find the appropriate balance of challenge and support, rigor, and skill building.”
Learning Support For many students, learning support is key to understanding how they learn best and to achieving academic success. At New Hampton, office hours and extra help sessions are built into our schedule, and faculty members are accessible, approachable, and always willing to assist. Many students avail themselves of New Hampton’s Academic Support Program (ASP). It enables students to benefit from 1:1 tutorials or small-group-based work and it teaches students to understand how they learn. ASP sessions are built in to the academic day, not added on, meaning that participating students will not have to miss classes, sports, or other activities. Typically ASP participants meet with instructors four to five times per week, ensuring steady, timely progress toward the student’s goals. Each student’s ASP curriculum is individualized. Skills addressed include reading comprehension, writing, mathematics, executive functions, test-taking strategies, note taking, content mastery and test preparation strategies, self-advocacy, and college planning.
“ I would characterize New Hampton
School’s academic support program
as exemplary. The commitment from
[my son’s] ASP instructor was nothing short of amazing...Since he started at
New Hampton School three years ago, we have seen a transforma,on into a
confident, self-assured student, who is looking forward to his senior year and college/university aer that!”
Sandra Outerbridge-Every Parent of a senior from Bermuda
Marty Elkins, our experienced Director of College Counseling, is highly regarded in the ﬁeld—and someone with whom students enjoy working.
College Counseling At New Hampton School, our goal is not just to find a college that is the ideal match for each student, but also to turn the process into an affirming and rewarding learning experience. So, while our college counselors are experts on the big issues and small details of the college admissions experience, they are also great teachers. With their guidance, students learn how to self assess and think critically about their own strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations; how to conduct research using a variety of methods; how to make the most of a college visit or interview; and how to develop an application that best represents them. The formal process begins in September of junior year. Over the course of junior year and senior fall, students benefit from structured workshop sessions, flexible and informal open house hours, opportunities to meet college admissions officers—over 80 visit our campus each year—and opportunities to attend small and large college fairs. Parent participation in the process is encouraged and welcomed.
In recent years, New Hampton students have matriculated to colleges that include Boston College, Cornell, Emory, Princeton, St. Anselm, St. Lawrence, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of New Hampshire, and University of Michigan.
Technology@New Hampton We’ve identified technological literacy and facility as one of the essential skill areas in our Foundations of Learning initiative. It’s therefore no surprise that technology is deeply integrated into the educational experience here. We innovatively use technology to enhance teaching and learning, in every discipline and classroom. For example, every academic course has a secure web page where teachers post assignments and resources and students join online discussions. (ASP instructors and parents access the class pages to keep up to date.) Many teachers use Google and Wiki documents to facilitate collaborative work. Our campus resources in technology include several computer and specialty labs, like the Graphics Lab—with 12 Apple iMac video editing workstations—and the Music Department’s MIDI Lab, with recording capability and music education software. All of our buildings are wireless, and classrooms are equipped with interactive InterWrite boards that capture writing and turn it into electronic forms.
It’s the newest applicable technology tool from Apple— and New Hampton School students get to ﬁnd out what it can do! Thanks to a special pilot program, incoming ninth-grade students receive their very own iPads. It’s just one more way the school con1nues to improve technology integra1on in the classroom and preparing students for college and beyond.
“Our philosophy with regard to
technology is rooted in a belief that what ma-ers most in educa,on is changing. In the previous era the
teacher could know everything there was to know about a subject. The
goal then was to transfer informa,on from teacher to student and test for this transfer. In the era of Google and Wikipedia this doesn’t work.
So in addi,on to being experts in our field, our role has become knowledgeable facilitator.”
New Hampton School Technology Integra,on Coordinator
Anna ’12, Andrew, Jennifer, and Auden
Gree1ngs prospec1ve families, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to further explore New Hampton School via our website (www.newhampton.org) and, even better, through a visit to our campus. You’ll gain first-hand insight into how one of the oldest New England boarding schools is providing an exciting and thoroughly modern educational experience. We’ve searched the world over to find the most relevant, world-class educational approaches—and discovered that the International Baccalaureate is a perfect fit for the kind of learners we want to develop. We’ve done our own innovative and critical thinking, too, codifying our long tradition of building skills into the Foundations of Learning curriculum, which ensures that our graduates have mastered the most important skills a 21st century lifelong learner and global citizen needs. When I visit classes, I’m amazed by the ways our teachers are implementing the world’s leading technologies in their work. Technology enhances the magic that happens when great teachers interact with students in this lively, friendly, and unpretentious community.
As a father of a New Hampton student, it’s amazingly affirming to see this school have such a powerful impact on my own child. Under the guidance of a talented faculty and with the enrichment from dynamic programs, I see my own child going beyond what she thought was her potential. What parent would not want that! When I walk around this beautiful campus and consider the welcoming nature of our students and faculty here, I can’t think of more ideal educational setting.
Come for a visit—you’ll see!
With Best Wishes, Andrew Menke
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An independent, college preparatory school for boarding and day students, grades 9-12 and postgraduate. Founded: 1821 Tradi*on of quality educa*on.
Loca*on: A safe, beau*ful campus on 325 acres in the village of New Hampton, 30 miles north of Concord, New Hampshire, and 100 miles north of Boston.
Number of Students: 305 Includes 245 boarders, and 60 day students, represen*ng 30 states and 20 countries
Faculty Ra*o: 5:1 Our faculty members are teachers, coaches, mentors, and friends who get to know students as individuals. Average Class Size: 10 All students have the opportunity to be fully engaged learners.
Special Academic Oﬀerings: Interna*onal Baccalaureate Diploma; Founda*ons of Learning: A Con*nuum of Skills for 21stCentury Learners; Experien*al and Service Learning; Exchange Program with China
Design: © Peapod Design, New Canaan, CT Copywriter: Leslie Virostek Primary Photography: Chip Riegel Photography: Jon Chase, Alan MacRae, Peapod Design
Number of Interscholas*c sports: 18 Soccer, football, cross country, rock climbing, mountain biking, ﬁeld hockey, basketball, ice hockey, snowboarding, alpine skiing, equestrian, golf, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, soball, kayak team, cycling.
70 Main Street, New Hampton, New Hampshire 03256, 603-677-3401 www.newhampton.org
Welcome to New Hampton School, a boarding and day secondary school, New Hampton is a place where college preparation meets 21st-century inno...