School districts in NH are organized in School Administrative Units (SAUs). There are 5 SAUs in Cheshire County - 1, 29, 47, 38 & 60.

SAU #29 is comprised of seven independent school districts - Chesterfield, Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, and Westmoreland. SAU #29 is one of the largest multi-district SAUs in the state. SAU # 29 district employs more than 870 people, oversees a $64 million school budget, maintains14 school buildings, coordinates the activities of seven independent school boards and supervises the educational program for approximately 4,000 students.

Chesterfield School is the largest town school in SAU #29 with an enrollment of 395 students in grades K-8 who reside in Chesterfield, Spofford and West Chesterfield. Grades 9-12 attend Keene High School. The district employs 82 professional and support staff who implement a wide range of instructional/support programs and services. Special Education and Title I reading support services are also provided. In addition, the school employs a full-time reading specialist.


Harrisville's Wells Memorial is a K-6 school with a staff of 10 full-time employees who provide instruction to its 50 students. Seventh & 8th grade students attend Keene Middle School and 9-12th grade students attend Keene High School. A trademark of the school is its emphasis on multi-age instruction that enhances student-teacher relationships and students' self esteem, promotes academic achievement and social growth, and is responsive to the developmental needs of children. The school also offers an innovative K-6 Spanish language program.


Hinsdale Elementary: Located in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, Hinsdale Elementary houses grades PK-5 and employs approximately 40 staff members.  There are 315 students currently enrolled.


Hinsdale Middle/High School: Is a Middle-Senior School. Located in Cheshire County, Hinsdale has a population of 4,000 people. There are approximately 300 enrolled students in grades 6-12.  With 40 full-time faculty members, the average class size is about 20 students. All 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to take 2-credit vocational course through Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro, VT. Hinsdale High School, itself, offers elective courses in Physical Science, Accounting, Virtual High School classes, Extended Learning Opportunities and Dual Enrollment Opportunities. The New Hampshire Department of Education and the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredit the school.


Keene's Five Elementary schools - Daniels, Franklin, Fuller, Symonds, and Wheelock - have a student enrollment (K- 5) of 1,185. The average student-teacher ratio at the elementary level is approximately 18:1. Each of Keene's elementary schools serves the families that live in its attendance area. This "neighborhood" system has encouraged each school to develop its own individual character but, because each teaches the same subject areas and comparable skills, all Keene elementary school children enter the middle school (at grade 6) with a similar academic background. In addition to core academics, Keene's elementary schools offer art, music, library, physical education, technology, social curriculum, peer mediation, intramural athletic programs, and foreign languages.

Keene Middle School receives students from Keene's elementary schools and several sending towns. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Keene and Stoddard attend the Middle School, as do seventh and eighth grade students from Marlow, Nelson and Harrisville. Approximately 795 students in grades 6 through 8 attend Keene Middle School. A staff of 78 certified professionals provide students with a balanced academic program and co-curricular opportunities.

Keene High School is the regional school for the towns of Chesterfield, Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Stoddard, Westmoreland and Winchester. Enrollment in grades 9 through 12 is 1,801 students. The average class size is approximately 22 students. Keene High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers its students a well-rounded academic (approximately 195 course offerings) and co-curricular (27 varsity teams and 38 clubs) program. Eleven Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, world language, math, social studies, and science. Approximately 75 percent of graduating seniors pursue post-secondary education. Keene High School is the site of the Cheshire Career Center, one of 24 vocational centers in NH. The center offers courses in business education (accounting, computer applications, and marketing); human services (early childhood education, health science, culinary arts, and cosmetology); and Technology and Trades (automotive, construction trades, drafting, electronics, horticulture, industrial communications and machine tool) to students from Keene, Fall Mountain, Hinsdale and Monadnock high schools.

Marlborough School enrollment in K-8 is 203 students. Academic and related instruction and services are provided by 40 full- and part-time staff. Emphasis is placed on the individual needs of students and the staff's commitment to ensuring success for every student contributes to a positive and constructive learning environment for all children.

Marlow's John D. Perkins Elementary School is a rural country school with 59 students in grades K - 6 and eleven professional staff, 5 of whom are full time. It has one of the highest student-computer ratios in the state and uses the equipment extensively in the upper levels to support its writing program.

Nelson School's 4 full-time teachers, with the aid of several support staff, provide instruction and related services to 55 students in grades K-6. The school strives to create a family atmosphere through multi-graded classes, close interaction of all grade levels, and the implementation of all-school thematic units. In addition to art, physical education and music, students benefit from French instruction, guidance and health classes.

Westmoreland School is a K-8 school with 154 students. In addition to the 9 full-time classroom teachers, instruction in art, music, physical education, and foreign language is provided by part-time certified teachers. The school also provides a school counselor, reading specialist, media generalist, resource teacher, Title I remedial reading program, school psychologist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, and school nurse. Initiatives by the staff have resulted in state and national recognition for excellence. The Westmoreland School community is cooperative, close-knit and highly positive.


Winchester School: Located in SAU 94, the Winchester School enrolls approximately 450 students in grades PK-8. In total, there are 36 full time teachers employed, creating a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio. There are about 156 students in grades 6-8 and 13 full-time teachers fro those grades.


SAU #1
Dublin Consolidated School has 82 students in kindergarten through 5th grade.


SAU #47
Jaffrey-Rindge: The Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District includes Conant High School, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, and two elementary schools - Jaffrey Grade School and Rindge Memorial School. The district has an enrollment of approximately 1,750 students and 300 employees. A community and school district partnership program creates opportunities for Conant High School students to experience the world of work through adult career mentoring, coaching, and networking. Students and mentors work together to introduce students to career opportunities in local businesses. Participation in and results from the athletics and arts programs are excellent - they sent two teams to the National Destination State and National Imagination Competition. Students and faculty have been recognized with awards.


SAU #60
Fall Mountain Regional High School, Langdon, NH, is accredited by the NH State Department of Education and NEASC. It offers a comprehensive program to approximately 657 students in grades 9-12. FMRHS opened its doors for the first time in the fall of 1966, absorbing students from the three preexisting high schools in Alstead (Vilas High School), Charlestown & Walpole.

The teaching faculty at FMRHS consists of 51 members who come to their classrooms with varied backgrounds from numerous colleges and universities. The pupil-teacher ratio is one professional staff member for every eighteen students. There are three full-time guidance counselors, one full-time school-to-work coordinator, one full-time student assistance counselor, and one full-time secretary.
FMRHS offers the following curricula: Advanced placement, honors, college preparatory, general, technical, and vocational. FMRHS uses the traditional 4X4 Block Schedule.

Acworth School is part of the Alstead Attendance Area and houses grades 1-5. A nurse and guidance counselor are shared between four Attendance Area schools. Kindergarten children attend the Alstead Primary School.

Vilas Middle School was donated to the Town of Alstead by Mr. Charles N. Vilas and houses grades 6-8 with students from Acworth, Alstead and Langdon. The Unified Arts program which includes Wood Shop, Home Economics, Health and Art is on a trimester basis. Alstead Primary School is located about 200 yards from the Vilas School with an athletic field and playground. This school houses grades K-5, both regular education and special education.

Sarah Porter School is attended by Langdon children in grades 1-4.


Walpole Primary School, built in 1957, is a 1-story building with 6 classrooms, an office, teachers' room and a special services room. Ninety five students, kindergarten through second grad, are enrolled.

Walpole Elementary School serves 280 students in grades 3-8. The district special needs program serves severely learning disabled children from the five towns.


The North Walpole School has 82 3rd and 4th grade students. It has 7 classrooms, an office, nurse's room, gymnasium/cafeteria and a workroom.


North Walpole has 100 students grades k - 8 from North Walpole and Charlestown. The school houses the Information Technology Services office. Services are all on a continuum with the Charlestown and Walpole Attendance Areas.


Walpole Middle School, a 2-story building has 17 classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, computer lab, conference rooms, and a media center for its 206 students. The building also hosts the district's skill center, to serve severely handicapped students in grades 5 through 8.


Private Schools

Dublin Christian Academy in Dublin has 136 students in kindergarten through grade 12. This is the only Christian boarding school for high school students in New England. 563-8505.


Dublin School in Dublin has 140 boarding and day students in grades 9 - 12. Students achieve success through strong academic, art and athletic programs. 563-8584.


Heritage Christian School in Rindge in Rindge has 80 students in K - 8. They are a Bible based school. For more information, call 899-6700.


Keene Montessori School is a nonprofit preschool dedicated to providing an active learning process for children from ages 3 - 6 years old. Based on the principles of Maria Montessori, children learn at their own pace. Children learn to build concentration, focus, and self-discipline by exploring and discovering the world in a prepared environment. They are encouraged by trained Montessori educators who observe each child as an individual and provide learning materials which are attuned to each child's sensitive periods. The 3 classrooms are designed for young children. Natural materials are on low shelves. Children talk with each other as they have snack, help each other, or while working next to each other on floor mats or at tables. Children are respected and nurtured from preschool through kindergarten. Keene Montessori School has classes from 9am to noon and kindergarten class from 9am to 3pm. Before school and after school childcare is available. For a tuition schedule, please call 352-4052.


Meeting School in Rindge is a small, Quaker boarding and day high school on a working farm; non-traditional; college and life prep school. 603-899-3366.


Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene as 190 students, toddler to grade 8. The strong and varied curriculum challenges thinking, stirs feelings and engages the will to work. 357-4442


Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County established in 1989, provides an education based in the Montessori teaching methods to approximately 50 area children from age 18 months to 5 years. Children's natural curiosity, creativity and independence are cultivated to encourage self-directed exploration and discovery in a safe, stimulating, supportive environment. Students practice individual and community social skills while enjoying activities that help strengthen fine motor skills; prepare them for work in reading, writing and mathematics; and foster respect for each other, the environment and our world. They offer a toddler program, a preschool program, and a full-day kindergarten program. Pre-care and extended-care are also offered. They operate on a traditional school calendar with daycare available during school vacations, and a summer camp program. For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Lisa LeBlanc at 352-3301.


Mountain Shadows School in Dublin has 65 students in grades 1-8 who study in a family-farm setting, with all ages learning together. 563-8170.


Pioneer Junior Academy in East Westmoreland is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Churches which follows a Bible-oriented curriculum with an emphasis on character training. 399-4803


St. Joseph School, Keene, established in 1887, offers low student-teacher ratios from Pre-K through Grade 8, a full-day kindergarten and day care. Strong academic program includes four years of French, one year of algebra. Also offered: music, art, physical education, computers, Destination Imagination, "buddy classes" (informal student mentoring) and community service. Class trips include Montreal, Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, white water rafting and Washington D.C. The school welcomes all families, regardless of faith affiliation, who value strong academic, moral and community principles. 352-2720.


St. Patrick Catholic School in Jaffrey has 103 students from Pre-K to grade 8. Admission is open to anyone and they offer a traditional curriculum. 535-7676


Trinity Christian School is a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene and was founded in 1955. TCS offers a Christ-centered education in an environment of academic excellence and care for students from 3 years old to 8th grade. Our facility is staffed by State certified teachers providing inspiring traditional instruction. They are supported by special teachers for Music, Physical Education, Media and Technology, Spanish, and Art. God's Word is taught in daily Bible classes, weekly chapel, and within all subject areas. Trinity offers many after school activities for its students. These include interscholastic soccer, boys and girls basketball, choir, wrestling, rug hooking, hiking, and robotics. Extended Care is available for k - 8 students from 7am-6pm. Trinity does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. 603-352-9403.



Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431-3516
Antioch University New England (ANE) is a dynamic, innovative institution offering scholarly, practice-oriented graduate study. Now in its forty-fifth year, ANE serves 1,000 students and remains, by design, a small graduate school closely linked to the region, with national and global connections through its students, alumni, and institutional concerns. Our alumni, over 9,000 in number, constitute a strong network in leadership positions throughout New England, the United States, and the world. Many maintain an active involvement with ANE. Since its founding in 1964, ANE has a history of high academic standards, integration of work and study, commitment to bypassed populations, and learner responsibility are intertwined with the New England traditions of self-reliance, small-community values and private action for the public good. Antioch New England is part of Antioch University, a five-campus university (Antioch University New England, in Keene, NH; Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs, Ohio; Antioch University Seattle in Seattle, Washington; and Antioch University Los Angeles and Antioch University Santa Barbara in California). Antioch University’s learner-centered approach to education includes multiple delivery models that meet the needs of today’s adult learners. This includes Antioch University Connected , which provides all the hallmarks of a distinctive Antioch education in a convenient online format.

Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
Franklin Pierce is a four-year, fully accredited, liberal arts university with a traditional residential campus in Rindge, NH and satellited campuses for Graduate and Professional Studies in Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester and Portsmouth. Names after the 14th and only NH-born president, Franklin Pierce College was founded in 1962 and was formally recognized as a university in 2007. The Rindge Campus has approximately 1,700 students on 1,200 wooded acres bordering Pearly Pond near Mount Monadnock. More than 20 majors and 29 minors are offered in the liberal arts, sciences, business and professional disciplines. An award-winning core curriculum explores the relationship between the individual and the community. The university offers 10 intercollegiate teams at the NCAA, Division II level, including championship soccer teams. Franklin Pierce fields several club sports and intramural teams as well. Athletic facilities include the state-of-the-art Pappas baseball field constructed in 2005 and Sodexho Field built in 2004. Franklin Pierce's Division of Graduate and Professional Studies offers doctoral programs in leadership and physical therapy, and master;s programs in business, education and technology. Bachelor's, Associate's and certificate programs are also available to adult students seeking to continue their education. Several degrees are offered 100% online. Many courses are offered in a blended format, split between online delivery and a classroom setting.

Keene State College
229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435
352-1909 or 1-800-KSC-1909
Keene State College, New Hampshire's foremost public liberal arts college, celebrates its centennial in 2009 as a dynamic institution offering nearly 40 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs, and selected graduate degrees. Recognizing that a true education engages the whole person, Keene State challenges students to develop the habits of mind and character that prepare them for productive lives and work. Keene State draws on strong academic programs, faculty scholars, and a tradition of small classes and spirited inquiry. The College's commitment to academic excellence is founded on integrative learning for all students. Rich and varied co-curricular experiences move the classroom into the community and the world, making the College motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve," a touchstone in the lives of students and alumni. Students who walk down Appian Way, the campus thoroughfare, find civility, diversity, and collegiality among students, faculty, and staff. The attractive residential campus in the heart of the small New England city of Keene opens students' lives to a world of possibilities. Keene State is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is a founding member of the Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national group of about 20 institutions. Keene State is involved with the larger community in many ways, including an online catalog shared with the Keene Public Library, numerous student internships, one of the nation's most active Habitat for Humanity chapters, and the 20,000 hours of community service contributed annually by KSC students.

River Valley Community College
1 College Drive Claremont NH 03743
Phone: 603-542-7744
Fax: 603-543-1844

River Valley Community College is a fully accredited two-year community college providing comprehensive programs of higher education in a student-centered environment. The College offers 37 diverse associate degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as transfer pathways to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing education opportunities are also available to meet your career goals. Our main campus is in Claremont with our academic center in Keene.

Area residents have a wide variety of part-time continuing education programs. The Keene School District's Community Education program offers a wide range of courses - ADP (Alternative Diploma Program), GED (General Education Development), Adult Tutorial Program, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, electrical and plumbing apprenticeships, vocational certificate classes, and many elective adult courses in vocational skills, culinary classes, and varied crafts.

Keene State College offers courses in four sessions during the year on the College's campus; Franklin Pierce has a regional campus in Keene offering associate degree, bachelor's degree, certificate programs and an MBA in Leadership with evening and Saturday classes. Antioch New England offers graduate courses during the day, evenings and weekends; and SAU 29 also offers courses. 




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