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.