Deans Office

Welcome from the Dean of Students

Educating the whole person is fundamental to the Williston Northampton School's philosophy. The Dean of Students Office strives to provide students with the structure, encouragement, and resources that promote positive personal growth, enabling students to reach their individual and collective potential.

Parents can find an overview of campus life, a description of the core values of the community, and information particularly useful to parents in the Student Handbook (found below). We believe it articulates the school's core values and the corresponding expectations of behavior that we place on our community members. The Student Handbook is a resource for families, students, and the adult members of our community as it outlines the expectations and responsibilities of each of us.

Students should know that at Williston we emphasize the importance of becoming involved in every aspect of school life—beyond doing the best possible work in your academic, artistic or athletic endeavors. We want you to explore new possibilities in extracurricular areas, develop new understandings of others in and out of our own community and expand your circle of experiences so that you can realize fulfilling results and a lifelong love of learning.

Ideally, we hope that all students will aspire to leadership positions in one capacity or another, whether as a proctor, Discipline Committee member, team captain, member of student government, or as a role model to younger students. We rely on these student leaders in many areas of school life and take the appointments of these positions seriously.

Personal growth occurs when there are challenges, support, encouragement, and good communication between individuals. We hope that both the practical information outlined in the Student Handbook and the philosophical foundation of our school life will assist all of us in our desire to reach our individual and collective potential.

Kathy Noble
Dean of Students

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

The state of Massachusetts recently enacted legislation against bullying in schools. While at Williston we have had rules in place for some time that clearly articulate to students and adults in our community our expectation that we all treat one another with civility and respect, the law requires us to have a specific Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.

Download the Bullying and Prevention Plan

Student Handbook 2017-18

Click a link below to download a PDF of the 2017-2018 Student and Parent Handbook (login required; your login is your Veracross username and password).

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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 in 35 sports to give students a full range of opportunities to play. We also offer recreational options and fitness training.
Whether graduates of Williston Academy, Northampton School for Girls, or the Williston Northampton School, our alumni are an engaged and supportive part of the school’s family. No matter where they are in the world, our alumni believe in doing good well.
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