James “Jimmy” Ahern draws upon more than 15 years of experience in the finance sector in his role as the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, where he raises capital for private and public health care companies. Outside of his work with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is a regular supporter of his alma mater, the Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMHS).
An independent school that stresses collaborative and innovative learning, NMHS has a 5-1 student-to-teacher ratio. In addition to ample one-on-one time with professors, NMHS offers unique programs that sets the school apart from others. Here are a few of those programs:
1. College Model Academic Program (CMAP) – CMAP is designed to model the college academic experience in a high school setting. Students are required to take three major courses per semester, and students and teachers rely heavily on in-class discussions and hands-on projects to replicate the experience of college courses.
2. International programs – In addition to a diverse offering of on-campus courses, NMHS maintains programs in which students are expected to learn language, culture, and history in countries such as Brazil, China, France, India, and New Zealand.
3. Partnership of 12 – Every student at NMHS is supported by a group of 12 adults, including coaches, advisors, teachers, and dorm parents. These professionals collaborate to ensure student success in academic, athletic, and social settings.