Welcome From the Director of Admission

Thank you for your interest in the Williston Northampton School. I hope that you will continue to explore our website and to make a visit to campus to experience our community for yourself.

I’d like to take this opportunity to offer you my own perspective on Williston, as someone who has worked at other private schools in New England (and as the assistant director of admissions at Williston from 2000 to 2003). I know with certainty that Williston is in a unique position to not only embrace students for who they are, but also to provide exactly what they need to become the people they aspire to be. We are able to do so because we strike a terrific balance not found at many schools: we are a small, intimate community that offers opportunities more often found at much larger institutions.

Our campus is tree-lined and friendly. And it’s close enough to downtown Easthampton that students can take in a movie at Popcorn Noir, grab a bagel at Tandem Bagel, or ride along the bike path—learning as they go how to navigate the world without losing the safety and security that our tight-knit community provides.

Faculty members get to know students as individuals—and not just the ones in their own classes. Encouraged by their mentors, Williston students have interned at local newspapers, written and co-directed independent films, and built robots for competitions. Academic success is only part of the reason that we believe personal attention is essential. Our highest goal is to support students in understanding and developing their own strengths, interests, and goals. Students describe this process as being surrounded by faculty who are always rooting for them.

In this supportive environment, Williston gives students opportunities that do not exist at some of our smaller peer schools. We offer more than 20 AP courses, multiple tutorial-style Williston Scholars courses, some 35 clubs and leadership opportunities, and 67 competitive teams in 35 sports. And we provide this level of opportunity while maintaining a close community of 530 students.

We look forward to sharing more about how Williston could be an excellent choice for your family. For more information or to schedule a visit, I invite you contact the Admission Office at (413) 529-3241, or admission@williston.com.

With best wishes,

Christopher J. Dietrich
Director of Admission

The Williston Northampton School
19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027 | Phone: (413) 529-3000 | Fax: (413) 527-9494

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Founded in 1841, Williston is a student-centered, coeducational institution comprising a Middle School of day students and an Upper School of boarding and day students from 25 states and 27 countries.
Williston is a good fit for motivated students who want to be challenged by a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Williston classes are discussion based and collaborative, and we have developed outstanding programs that inspire students to excel. Our faculty members provide a model of critical thinking and enthusiastic engagement.

Williston offers the opportunity to pursue your passions and explore your independence in a community of adults there to guide you. Live and learn on a campus where leadership skills and lifelong friendships take root. 

Williston offers an academic arts program complemented by parallel extracurricular arts activities—all taught by faculty members who are practicing musicians, actors, and visual artists.
Williston fields 67 interscholastic teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and beginner levels to give students a full range of opportunities to play. We also offer recreational options and fitness training.
The Middle School at Williston is a close community of 80 seventh- and eighth-graders. The relationships formed here support a powerful, collaborative learning experience that prepares students for the Upper School.
Giving to Williston supports the ongoing life and mission of the school. We invite you to explore how to help advance and sustain our special learning environment.
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