The Williston Northampton School

19 Payson Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027

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The Williston Northampton School The Williston Northampton School

The Williston Northampton School enrolls 460 students in grades 9 through PG–280 boarding boys and girls and 180 day students. Forty-six percent of the students receive financial aid and eighteen percent are students of color. Located in the heart of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley–14 miles north of Springfield, MA, 150 miles north of New York City, and 90 miles west of Boston–Williston offers superior college preparation. Through the Williston+ program, students benefit from having the resources of the Five Colleges in our community–Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst–brought into the classroom. This unique learning environment provides students and faculty with opportunities to engage and explore like no other boarding school in the country.

Academic preparation for college lies at the heart of Williston’s program, but the faculty also recognize their important role in helping young people develop the necessary skills to lead a successful life. Williston’s varied, challenging, and broad-based curriculum–including 20 AP courses–offers students the opportunity to explore, to investigate, and to question. In addition to traditional college preparatory courses with numerous electives, we offer special programs such as School Year Abroad and Writers’ Workshops and Photographers’ Lectures, which bring to campus internationally acclaimed photographers and authors who present their work to the community and discuss it with students. The school helps students develop responsible independence by fostering cooperation, mutual respect, and the development of personal leadership skills. We actively seek a diverse student body to encourage students to take advantage of the cultural richness and diversity of our world.

Williston’s 125-acre suburban setting lies only a few miles from the base of Mt. Tom. The surrounding area offers excellent outdoor activities and a culturally rich environment of fine museums, libraries, and theater programs. The school’s activities office arranges many fine events for students, including trips to New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Red Sox games, visits to Boston and New York City, weekend ski excursions to Stratton and Stowe in Vermont, and many films, plays, concerts, and dance performances at the area colleges, and in Hartford and Springfield.

These off-campus events complement the busy weekends on campus that feature dances and coffee houses, talent shows, visiting lecturers, and film series, among many other events. The Williston Northampton School offers over 30 extracurricular activities. The Williston Theatre is one of the school’s extracurricular highlights, and with several theater productions each year, students have the opportunity to develop their talents in acting or the technical aspects of theater.

Williston also offers a comprehensive athletic program that features over 30 competitive sports. The athletic program features excellent facilities, including a state-of-the-art athletic center with two basketball courts, a six-lane pool, four squash courts, fitness center, multi-use aerobics and wrestling room, and a training room. Williston also has two synthetic turf playing fields (one with lights), an eight-lane all-weather track and field facility, a refurbished ice rink, a 12-court tennis complex, and a 3.1 mile cross country course. The ski team practices at Berkshire East, and the golf teams use three local courses.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 9-PG; Day — Coed 7-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address19 Payson Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
Year Established1841
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$50,900; estimated extras $1400
Day Tuition$28,300-34,800; estimated extras $1000
Merit Scholarships Awarded7
Value of Merit Scholarships$84,000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded228
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$5,757,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionESL, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades7-8
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science, English, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French, Latin, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, US Government & Politics, US History
Accredited ByCLS, NEASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Crew, Cross-country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Water Polo
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football, Wrestling
Interscholastic Girls' SportsField Hockey, Softball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School121
Most Common Graduate DestinationsBates, Hobart/Wm Smith, NYU, Colby, CT Col, Berklee Col of Music
Average Math SAT609
Average Critical Reading SAT574
Average Writing SAT591
Average ACT25


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$50
New Students162
Percentage of Applicants Accepted35
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)45
Tests Used for AdmissionCEEB, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorRobert W. Hill III
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2010
Administrator's CredentialsBA, MA, Middlebury College
Director(s) of AdmissionsChristopher J. Dietrich, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment544
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)80
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)464
Student Body EthnicityWhite 84%, Latino 2%, African-American 5%, Asian 7%, Other 2%
Percentage of International Students18
Average Class Size13
Student-Faculty Ratio7:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty70
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)61
Male Teaching Faculty35
Female Teaching Faculty35

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage125
Buildings on Campus56
Facilities Value$50,000,000
Endowment Value$40,000,000
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