Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Where do Mountain Shadows students attend high school?

A.  Our Mountain Shadows graduates leave here well prepared to attend local public schools and private schools, if that is their choice.  Private school placements have included: Northfield Mount Hermon School, The Dublin School, Deerfield Academy, St. Paul’s School, Concord Academy, Cushing Academy, High Mowing School, The Thacher School, Vermont Academy, and Lawrence Academy.


Q.  What is the tuition?

A.  For the 2013 - 2014 year, the tuition is $10,050 for grades 1 through 6 and $10,250 for grades 7 and 8.


Q.  Does Mountain Shadows offer financial aid?

A.  Mountain Shadows does not have a financial aid program, but we are always open to conversations with regard to families’ particular circumstances.


Q.  Is there an After School Program?

A.  Mountain Shadows offers an After School Program Monday through Thursday for two hours after dismissal.  This time is focused on homework, with individual attention as needed.  Students also have time for snack and a bit of outdoor recess.  There is a charge for this program.


Q.  How does the tutorial program work?

A.  There are two different aspects to tutoring at Mountain Shadows.

Over the course of the year, all students are tapped for tutoring within the school day.  For some, it is remedial in specific areas of need, and for others, it is for enrichment and depth. This program is included in the cost of tuition.

Students who require a greater length of time may become a part of the tutoring program that meets during after school hours.  There is a charge for this program.


Q.  Is Mountain Shadows an accredited school?

A.  Yes, Mountain Shadows is a non-public school approved by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education.


Q.  How many students attend Mountain Shadows?

A.  We enroll a maximum of sixty-five students in total.  The typical class size for younger grades is four to six and for older grades is eight to ten.


Q. Does Mountain Shadows have a Special Ed department?

A. No, but we have a strong tutorial program in which each student participates.


Q.  I have heard that Mountain Shadows is a school that loves field trips.  What are some of these field trips and is the cost included in tuition?

A.  Yes, Mountain Shadows students enjoy many wonderful, curriculum-related trips during the school year, particularly in the fall and spring.  These excursions vary in length and distance; all classes make visits to local and near-local museums, historical sites, and natural areas to enrich their studies of cultures, history/geography, and science/outdoor education.  Older classes take various overnight trips to places like the Museum of Science, the Hulbert Outdoor Center, Briarwood Marine Science Center, and the AMC Outdoor Classroom.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes each take a longer historical tour in the spring to northern New Hampshire, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. respectively.  The costs for field trips are not included in the tuition but are requested from parents as the trips arise.  For the history tours, students and their families, in conjunction with the school, do some fund raising to help defray the cost.


Q.  Do students do any community service projects?

A.  All students learn the value and joy of helping out and making a real difference within their school and in the larger local and global communities.  Midyear, students participate in a Read-A-Thon to raise money for children and families in need, both here and abroad.  Throughout the year, older students have the opportunity to volunteer at area endeavors such as the Lukas Foundation and Horse Power.


Q.  What are some of the school’s celebrations and rituals?

A.  Ritual is important to children, and indeed to adults; it provides security and stability because it is dependable.  Our daily life at Mountain Shadows has rituals, such as the songs we sing each day, the way we prepare for classes, how we greet each other, and how we eat lunch.  The year also has its traditions, celebrations that incorporate their own rituals.  Some of these special times are Opening Day; Apple day, when we spend a day exploring all things apple and every child makes an apple pie to take home; Great Pumpkin Night; Thanksgiving; Merry Shadows, our holiday revels in which all take part; May Day; Awards Night when each student in the school receives an award celebrating her or his achievements during the year; and Closing Day when we graduate our 8th graders, take one last look at each student before we say goodbye for the summer.