Welcome to Noble and Greenough School, a coeducational day and 5-day boarding school for students in grades 7-12. Our 187-acre campus—which includes exceptional academic, athletic and arts facilities—is set on the Charles River in Dedham, just 10 miles from downtown Boston. Yet, what makes Nobles special is not simply its beautiful campus, but the educational experience that it offers students.
A Nobles education is distinguished by rigorous academics, a strong program of arts and athletics, and close relationships with peers, faculty members and coaches. We believe that students learn best through experience, so our curriculum pushes students to use their learning in real world situations—through everything from applied classes to travel. Ultimately, the school’s mission encourages students to use these tools as they go forward in lives of service and leadership for the public good.
In your first two years in the upper school, you’ll take a lot of foundational courses that develop skills such as critical reading and writing and creative problem solving. In your last two years, you’ll hone those abilities in a wide range of elective courses, such as Biochemistry Research, Madness in Literature, and Multivariable Calculus.
Looking for a challenge? You can choose from 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, from Art History to Calculus. Our rigorous curriculum successfully prepares students for additional exams, including English Language, English Literature, French, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish and US History.
The arts, both performing and visual, are a powerful outlet for expression. Whether offered as an academic class or as part of the afternoon program or as part of the afternoon program, the arts at Nobles encourage students to develop abstract thinking, practice creative problem solving and become more culturally literate. Whatever your skill level or interest, you’ll find plenty of ways to express yourself.
The performing and visual arts faculty at Nobles are practicing artists who love to teach. These are women and men who are passionate about their medium and eager to share it with students. And because classes are small, faculty can meet students where they are in their creative process and encourage them to develop their abilities and expand their perspective. The process of making art—whatever its form—is at the center of teaching the arts at Nobles.
Nobles is committed to developing the whole student. That’s why we offer a wide range of team sports—along with the arts and community service—as part of our afternoon program. Recognizing how important physical activity is to a healthy mind and body, we require participation in:
Classes VI, V, IV & III: Three afternoon program seasons, including two seasons of physical activity.
Classes II & I: Two afternoon program seasons, including one season of physical activity.
Take your game to the next level by playing a sport you love, or stretch yourself by trying something new. You can do both at Nobles, because we offer 26 different sports.