Nobles at a Glance

Mission: Noble and Greenough School is a rigorous academic community dedicated to inspiring leadership for the public good. Through mentoring relationships, we motivate students to achieve their highest potential and to lead lives characterized by service to others.

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Students, Faculty and Campus | Academics | Arts | Community Service | Student Life | Athletics

Students, Faculty and Campus

  • 614 total students
  • 118 middle school students, 496 upper school students
  • 307 male students, 304 female students
  • 134 faculty members; 34 reside on campus
  • 33% percent of students identify as people of color
  • 19 percent of employees identify as people of color
  • 187 acre campus bordered by the Charles River; 10 miles from Boston
  • Day tuition: $48,200; Five-day boarding tuition: $54,000
  • Endowment: Over $140 million (For year 2017)
  • 110 computers in carts for student use including MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and ChromeBooks
  • 400 machines in the inventory including Windows Desktops, Windows Laptops, MacBook Pros & MacBook Airs
  • 15 computer kiosks located in the library and around the school
  • 220 iPads available to students and faculty
  • 2 specialized computer labs:
    • AVPL (Audi Video Production Lab) including 16 mac minis with monitors
    • DDC (Digital Design Center) including 14 iMac Desktops


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  • Average class size is 12
  • 6:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Nearly 200 students (30 percent of the student body) experience educational travel opportunities (domestic and international) during the course of a typical school year. ​D​estinations ​in 2015-16 school year were Maine, Montreal, New Orleans, Georgia/Alabama, South Africa, Japan, France, Rwanda, Romania/Bulgaria, Cambodia/Vietnam and India
  • ​Between 75% and 80% percent of seniors will have traveled and/or studied away before graduating from Nobles
  • The school’s library contains more than 20,000 print volumes, over 100 databases providing access to thousands of journals, newspapers, films and ebooks; circulates Chromebooks, MacBook Pros, iPads, iPods, digital cameras and GoPros to support students' classroom and extracurricular projects; and staffs three professional librarians


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  • There are an average of five theatre productions each year including one musical, two main stage plays, a Middle School production and student-directed plays
  • More than 10,000 photographs are produced in the Nobles photo lab each year
  • 25 percent of Nobles students take visual arts at the AP Level by the time they graduate
  • The ceramic department boasts four different kilns: electric, natural gas, raku and wood-burning
  • 19 percent of our students take on-campus private music lessons
  • Over 200 students participate in at least one Instrumental or Choral Ensemble (over 40% of the student body)
  • Every year the Nobles Theatre Collective brings interested students to New York City for a long weekend of Broadway and off-Broadway productions


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Community Service

  • Community service graduation requirement is 80 hours
  • Students have performed service at more than 400 sites throughout Boston and the world, including Veteran's Hospital, Community Servings, NICE Daycare, YMCA After School Programs, ​The Ohrenberger School, Sages and Seekers/Needham Senior Center and many more
  • Service partnerships exist between Nobles and organizations in Romania, India, South Africa, New Orleans, China, Rwanda, Cambodia, Maine, Georgia/Alabama​ and Guatemala, which involve Nobles students traveling to and working with these service organizations during spring break and summer vacation.


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Student Life

  • Morning Assembly, held four mornings per week, brings the entire Nobles community together in a unique and powerful way. Recent speakers include activists Jose Antonio Vargas and Paul Farmer, veteran and dancer Roman Baca, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, and Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
  • Clubs and organizations include the Alexandria Book Club, Community Service, Computer Science Club, Current Events and Debate Club, Uniting Nobles Identities and Cultures (UNIC), Nobles Theatre Collective and more
  • The boarding program hosts 48 students in the Upper School who live on campus five days a week


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Member of Independent School League (ISL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)

Over the Past 10 Years (2011-2017):

  • 51 Nobles teams have won league championship titles
  • 17 varsity teams have won New England Championships




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