Founded in 1841, The Williston Northampton School is a co-educational boarding school that inspires its students to live with purpose, passion, and integrity.
- 125-acre campus offering: large and small dorms, a professional theater, student campus center, athletic complex, two synthetic grass fields (one with lights and stadium seating), enclosed ice rink, 12 tennis courts, arts studios, and art gallery
- Located in Easthampton, Massachusetts, approximately one and a half hours drive directly West of Boston, MA and approximately two and a half hours drive directly North of New York, NY
- Part of the Pioneer Valley, home to the Five Colleges (Smith College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire College), which provides our students access to an amazing assortment of concerts, lectures, theater offerings, sports events, stores, and restaurants.
- 500 students from 25 states and 26 countries
- 420 in the Upper School
- 80 in the Middle School
- 70% boarding students in Upper School (grades 9-12/PG)
- 30% of day students in the Upper School are from more than 30 towns in the Pioneer Valley
- 45% female students; 55% male students
- 17% Students of Color
- 21% International Students
Academic Life and Signature Programs
- 155 courses in the humanities, sciences, and arts
- 23 Advanced Placement courses, with an additional 30+ honors courses
- 45,000-volume library and extensive periodical collection
- 13 students in the average class
- 95 teaching faculty who also serve as dorm parents, advisors, and coaches
- 67% hold advanced degrees
Williston Scholars Program
A college-model course that introduces students to the rigors of directed independent study and connects them with content experts here in the Pioneer Valley's colleges and universities.
Laboratory for Academic Success
Students take advantage of our Math and Writing Centers and work with fellow students in our unique Arete peer-to-peer program. Qualified students may also meet one-on–one with members of our Learning Support team.
College Counseling Curriculum
In advisories and class assemblies, ninth and tenth graders focus on building their academic foundation, including discussions about course selection and standardized tests. By the junior year, students begin to meet one-on-one with their college counselor - classroom sessions, essay workshops, panel discussions, mini college fairs, practice interviews, and more prepare students to matriculate to their best-fit college.
Curricular Technology Program
By utilizing cutting-edge software on a universal device (the Surface Pro 4), all our teachers and students use the same powerful tools. Supported by training and a dedicated Academic Technology Team, CTP is an immersive program that allows teachers and students to collaborate, communicate, and create content in new and powerful ways.
Founded by celebrated authors and Williston parents Elinor Lipman P'00 and Madeleine Blais P'00, '04, The Writers' Workshop Series began in 1998 as an advanced class for aspiring student writers. Four times throughout the course, a well-established writer comes to campus for a public reading followed by hands-on instruction for members of the class.
Photographer's Lecture Series
Each year, an outstanding group of guest documentary photographers, photojournalists, commercial photographers, photo editors, and others involved in the field, visit the Williston Northampton campus to show examples of their work and offer insight and opportunity for discussion
Launched in the fall of 2016, the Grum Project is Williston’s new five-year visiting artist program. Funded by a generous alumna from the Northampton School for Girls, the Grum Project brings artists of all kinds—musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, and more—to campus for mini-residencies so that the entire Williston community can participate.
- 67 competitive teams in 35 sports
- 8 New England Championships since 2013
- Arts Intensive Program offered as part of our Afternoon program offerings
- 30+ clubs and leadership opportunities for students
- Formal Residential Life dinners held once every two weeks in the fall and spring
- Student Activities, on-campus and off-campus, scheduled each weekend
Williston’s CORE Program is a scaffolded, four-year life and leadership curriculum that engages students with relevant, developmentally-appropriate learning about themselves and others. A cornerstone of our residential life program, the CORE program helps all our students live healthier lives, filled with purpose, passion and integrity.
Our Cultural Identity Discussions, which take place approximately every three weeks, gives students and faculty members an opportunity to share some aspect of who they are and how they became who they are through stories, reflections, or multi-media presentations.
Why Not Speak Day
Why Not Speak Day gives the whole community an opportunity to dedicate an entire day to gather to speak about our differences and similarities through the lens of varying perspectives, lifestyles, races, ethnicities, familial backgrounds, religions, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, cultures, gender identities
Williston has sponsored school run trips during Thanksgiving, March and summer breaks over the last three years to Madagascar, New Zealand, Nepal, Italy, England, Scotland, and the American Southwest.