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5 Outstanding Schools In Rockingham County

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Rockingham County is located in southeast New Hampshire. The county contains 26 towns and the City of Portsmouth with a population of 296,000. Boston is nearby. Overall county schools spend $16,043 per student/year, which is more than the national average. Plus, the average student to teacher ratio is low at 12:1. Learn which Rockingham County schools are the best.

1. Maude H. Trefethen School

With only 52 students within a Kindergarten through sixth grade framework, a surprising number of arts and language programs are available. Located in New Castle, the student to teacher ratio is just 7:1. Test scores are excellent. Arts include: band, chorus, computer arts, dance, drawing and painting and theater. Both French and Spanish are taught. There are no team sports offered, but physical education and yoga are given.

2. Windham High School

Windham High School in the Windham School District has 500 students and teaches courses for grades 9-11; there is no 12th grade. The building was constructed five years ago and excels in bringing technology to the students. Each student is given a Mac Book to use for the school year. Several students in the past year were admitted into Ivy League schools. Some sports programs are available. Standardized test scores area above state average and the student to teacher ratio is average.

3. Greenland Central School

Within the Greenland School District, this public school covers Kindergarten through eighth grade. With a student base of 350, the school is small, but the student to teacher ratio is average. This means few arts and language programs with just band, theater and Spanish. There are more sports programs, though. Test scores are much above the state average.

4. Cooperative Middle School

This public school in Stratham has 1,350 students coming from five towns. Grades 6-8 are taught and there are 14 students to each teacher. It is in the Exeter Region Coop School District. There are a number of arts and sports programs for the students, along with French, Spanish and Latin classes. Test scores are above the state average.

5. Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Located in Northwood, grades 9-12 are taught here in this high school with 700 students. The student to teacher ratio is 11:1. Founded in 1867, the private academy is a "comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest-quality curriculum to the residents of Northwood, Strafford and surrounding towns." Locals pay no fee, but there is a tuition cost for those living out of town.

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