The Williston Northampton School promotes excellence and achievement in and out of the classroom, and values individual expression as a way to create an authentic, diverse, and dynamic community. Williston believes responsibility begins with personal integrity, and we encourage our community to embrace diversity of thought. Williston students are empathetic and collaborative learners, and seek at all times to live and work with purpose, passion, and integrity.
Rich in History
In 1841, Samuel and Emily Williston formed Williston Seminary, a coeducational school that taught classics and science. It was renamed Williston Academy in 1924 when a more modern curriculum was adopted. Meanwhile, in the same year, Sarah Whitaker and Dorothy Bement founded the Northampton School for Girls. A close relationship between Williston Academy and Northampton School for Girls developed in the 1930s, first with dances, then with joint theater and music events. In 1971, the Williston Northampton School opened as a fully coeducational institution.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
We believe an inclusive community is central to the school’s mission to inspire students to live with purpose, passion, and integrity.
How our community cares for the environment is an important part of the Williston way of life.
We believe a vibrant school culture, challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty, and thoughtful embrace of technology are at the heart of an inclusive boarding school community.
In keeping with Williston’s 2014 Strategic Plan—and thanks to generous support from alumni and other donors—the school has made significant improvements in recent years to our campus and facilities.
Williston in the Community
Williston has a long history of supporting the City of Easthampton. The school’s administration and board of trustees remain committed to providing financial assistance to local groups and to sharing the school’s facilities with local organizations that can benefit from this use whenever possible.
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