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9-12
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Amherst, NH
Students enrolled: 859

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412 Boston Post Rd
Amherst, NH 03031

(603) 673-9940
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September 09, 2014
excellent system prepare students for the next steps in their education. very pleased with the system and teacher interaction with students

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Great school, my daughter has excellent memories and has done very well professionally. She has made us proud.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
For parents who are new to the area, I just wanted to inform you about how incredibly terrible this school is. The education provided at this school is so bad it defies belief. 1. The students are incredibly unmotivated due to the layed back atmosphere. 2. There is a large drug influence here. 3. There is also very little done to prepare these kids for college in terms of studying habits, writing skills, etc. 4. The teachers are hard to reach and often will not stay after school to help the kids (with the exception of the AP program which is actually reasonably good) 5. The courses available are lacking, for instance in a day and age where computers are so important, you would think they would have at least one computer programming class. These are just some of the things that are bad about this school. I am glad I took my kid out and transferred him to a private school. He is much happier their and has a much better environment. Please, do not send your kids here if you care about them at all!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
This school is absolutely terrible. The bullying is horrendous there. I can't believe that they don't to a better job punishing the bullies...

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
For parents moving to town, you will hear a lot of mixed messaging about Souhegan. This stems from the progressive nature of the school. It's part of the Coalition of Essential Schools, which stresses a curriculum centered on "learning to use one's mind well". The town has not ranked on the US New and World Report ranking because we are eliminated on first pass due to a low level of English as second language learners and free lunch students. Ultimately, Amherst is a well-to-do town and student graduate from Souhegan immensely prepared for college. The high school does a great job in creating an environment where the students must learn to push themselves rather than the traditional method of pushing the kids themselves. This prepares them very well for college and the workforce when you need to become self-motivated. All three of our sons were extremely well prepared, their friends were too and the community has been consistently supportive of education as Amherst has a very well educated and successful population. Souhegan is a model for what other schools are trying to become as we strive to create 21st century schools in an increasingly complex and modern world.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
This is the worst and most poorly run schools I have ever been too. It makes Bishop Guertin look amazing by comparison. You do not want to send your kids here. This school will leave a bad taste in their mouth for education. It certainly has for me. If only I had stayed at BG... They lie about their test scores and the success of many of their programs, about their dropout rate and their test scores. They say that there has only been only one dropout within the last four years but I know of at 3 just last year. The test scores are abysmal, the colleges the kids get accepted at are not impressive. The programs they run such as special education are not successful, they just buy excessive amounts of electronic equipment such as netbooks and ipads just to waste them to allow people to play games and surf the internet. There is no oversight of the kids there. Another example is the lack of after school help for many of their classes. Many of the teachers are not very dedicated and will leave school as soon as it ends. Even in AP classes, their are very little help for the students. I wish I had more room to explain how bad this school really is. You really have to go to understand...

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2013
We have had 3 kids attend Souhegan (one still there) and we love the school. All 3 of our kids are have different learning styles, and different personalities. All 3 have thrived. The level of respect and caring there is unprecedented. Students like going to school there, which is probably why they have a zero dropout rate. That says a lot, after all, is about the students. My 2 older ones felt very prepared for college - more so than their friends or roommates - in particular when it came to public speaking and projects. I rated the school a little lower on parent involvement because, like most high schools there isn't a lot of opportunity to get involved. However, there is good communication with parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2013
Again, if your student is an exceptional athlete or an AP student this is a great school. For the rest, good luck.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Graduates of Souhegan are well prepared for college and life after college.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
My daughter graduated in 2009 and we have a junior there now and another starting next year. We really like the school. My daughter did very well in her college applications and loves where she is now. She told us that SHS prepared her very well for college in that she is self motivated and had some skills (ex. presentation) that many of the other students did not have.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
If you find your self looking at what the teachers are wearing compared to what they are teaching your problem is quite visible. With students who want to be challenged with honors it is extra work but the work is never an extra work sheet. The work is an assignment that gives you a chance to further your knowledge in the subject. If you are looking at the honors as extra work you should learn how to use the honors to your advantage. Yes, students do have relaxed personalities in school but that shows the school is good at what they are doing. No students are crazy about the next test because they are prepared for it. The freedom is what is necessary for you to be prepared for college. I moved here 5 years ago and am happy how my education has come out and the opportunities that are unfolding.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2009
As a happy Souhegan grad, I can say that my four years at Souhegan were some of my favorite during the course of my education. Souhegan is the prime example of the Coalition for Essential Schools and proves that by treating students like adults and giving them respect, a school can not only educate but foster a safe, fun environment in which to do so. I briefly attended a regular high school and can safely say that other schools are prisons compared to the trust and responsibilities that Souhegan gives its students. Add in teachers who love their jobs and have not become jaded and you have the recipe for a great school that will do everything in its power to make sure that every student gets the education they deserve.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2009
When we first moved here almost 6 years ago, I was taken aback at the clear cut opinions people had of the high school. They either hated it or liked it - there was no gray area. Now we know why. If you have a child who is self-directed, has done well in school already and doesn't require a lot of hands on, then you like the high school. If you have a child who needs help focusing, needs someone to hover, then you probably will have problems with it. A liberal leaning school; teachers don't head their political leanings or opinions. As a conservative student just stand by your beliefs, do your work and get the grades. It's about you and your future inspite of the teacher. Watch out for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 06, 2009
The kids love the freedom, teachers love the lack of accountability, very dysfunctional place. If your student is not on the highest end and actually needs a teacher to teach, good luck! Helicopter parents everywhere because it is so loose and grading is so subjective that parent/student brown nosing is a sport at this school. Read the mission statement and then try to figure out what it means, typical progressive nonsense, use their minds well, ok that narrows it down. As a parent they tell you that this is not your school, that is for sure, most days it is not.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
You have to advocate for your kids at Souhegan whether they are AP students or have learning challenges. My oldest is about to graduate and is going to an IVY. That's the whole reason we send them, isn't it...Parents have to keep tabs on their kids throughout high school. Don't leave up to their peers, educators and coaches....I think it is a great high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2009
- 'Souhegan is a terrible school for gifted students. There is no drive to excel or challenge yourself at all.' This statement truly does not make sense. Souhegan is an incredibly school for gifted students. The underclassmen years are slightly more structured. They emphasize developing 'self-directed learning' and 'complex thinking' skills heavily. A truly gifted student would have enough motivation to take hard classes. I, for example, am taking four AP classes this year. Souhegan will also offer practically any AP test. This May I am studying for and will take six AP tests. Last year I took two, Calc AB and Physics C: Mechanics, and thanks to the wonderful work of my teachers, I scored a 5 and a 4 on the tests, respectively. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/siemens-ap/winners Souhegan was one of 50 schools to win the Siemen's AP award this year. Last year (link) my Calc AB teacher won the award.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2008
Souhegan is a terrible school for gifted students. There is no drive to excel or challenge yourself at all. As a student who enjoys being intellectually challenged, I felt stifled at Souhegan. 'Honors work' simply meant extra assignments, not more difficult ones. I felt like I was being punished for being able to grasp concepts easily and quickly. The teachers spent way more time (both during and outside of class) with special-needs students and slackers. As someone looking to get more out of their high school education, I was hugely disappointed. My parents were lured to the school district by the high test scores and good reviews, but the school was a huge letdown for me. Students who enjoy doing minimal work for excellent grades will have a great time at Souhegan, but if you're looking for a challenging learning environment, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
I am a senior who is just about to graduate from Souhegan, and I could not have had a better experience! I've had the privledge of being taught by some of the most knowledgable and compassionate teachers in the proffesion. There have been some reviews condemning the freedom the school grants it's students. Well guess what? It actually prepares you for the real world! Do you think professors in college are going to be telling you it's time for your next class or that you should really be taking better notes? We take pride in the fact that the staff can actually trust it's students to be responsible for themselves. And any indication that the academics are not challening is a joke. Yes, there are easy classes, but I've had friends come back from college saying how easy chemistry was compared to our Advanced Chemistry course.

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2006
My daughter is in her freshman year in college and is doing very well because of the preparation she received at Souhegan. Her writing skills are excellent because of Souhegan and her self-discipline is good because she became a self-directed learner at the high school. Of course, the school is not perfect. I challenge anyone to find a school that is. All I can say is the students coming out of our high school seem to do well in college and in life....what more can you ask of a school. We love Souhegan.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
Ignore the real estate agents claim that this is a great school, it is not. Simply put the school and philosophy have hijacked this town and the tax payers. Ultra liberal activist teachers,no use of books,a general lack of discipline throughout all levels, an overall woodstock atmosphere which is failing the students of this town. Stroll the halls to find bodies and belongings scattered everywhere, students coming and going all day long, teachers hiding behind the wide open philosophy, a socialist adminstration more worried about self esteem then college prep. Barring a major revolt which most likely won't happend due to liberal newcomers who buy into this mush, the trend will continue. It takes awhile to uncover if you are new so be prepared to drill down in order to get straight answers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2005
I am an alumnus of Souhegan High School. I was part of the first class to go through the school and graduate. I then went on to college and now work in finance. I was not a great student in high school by any means, but at Souhegan I was able to learn and grow as a person. I feel as though I was far more prepared for the college experience than many students coming from traditional schools. At Souhegan I learned how to learn, and that set me up to succeed in college. I heard the same nonsense about souhegan being too relaxed and not challenging students when I began school there. If students and parents work together there is no place more supportive or condusive to a good education than Souhegan. I feel many detractors just don't want to take an active role in their child's eductation. Thank You.

- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2005
Souhegan is for motivated students. The above average and gifted students are not challenged enough due to heterogenous grouping. The communication with parents from staff is lacking and although they encourage interaction from parents, they are excluded from the inner workings and discussions that actually go on in the school. The sports are good, however the 'Healthy Connections' is of great concern - the recovered 'drug and alcohol' speaker IS NOT what we want our children listening to. There should only be 'positive' 'hardworking (all their lifes)' role models speaking to our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
I chose to send my son to a private school rather than send him to Souhegan. Studies dealing with the effectiveness of education reform show the Coalition of Essential Schools to be one of the least effective reform methods. Souhegan seems to have a prejudice against academic achievement. It is an atmosphere where socialization appears to be more important than learning. Souhegan test scores reflect this, especially in math and science. Teachers will impose their liberal political philosophies on the students. It can be a very unpleasant place to be for students who wish to excel. Mediocre students often love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Souhegan High is not a traditional high school and one we have been very disappointed in. We moved here 9 years ago strictly due to the 'good schools'. We were very pleased with the elementary and middle schools. However, Souhegan is another story. If you want your child attending 9th-12th grade in a school that practices no discipline, no rules, total freedom, teachers who themselves wear jeans then you'll like Souhegan! We did not. We pulled our child out after freshman yr and sent them to private school. If your kid enjoys total freedom, this is for him!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
I am currently a senior at Souhegan, and I have a very mixed feeling about the school. I believe that a person who works hard and challenges themself can do very well here. I also believe that I person can skate by without doing very much (myself included). Souhegan is what you make of it. Some people love it. Others hate it. It is so different from the traditional school, that it really is matter of personal preference. But I would never say that this school is a joke, or that it sets kids up to fail in college.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2005
I have a freshman and a junior currently enrolled in shs. My jr. Is an excelled student and is challenged appropriately by both the school and indivual teachers. My freshman is a struggling freshman and i have to commend the entire staff for their 'above and beyond' efforts to help him better himself in school and in his motivation. I have always heard that shs was a 'do it yourself, self motivated' school, and if your child needed extra help it wasnt available at shs. Could not be further from the truth! Wonderful, caring teachers that always keep our family involved. They are afforded opportunities at shs that they would not receive in the surrounding school districts. Job well done shs!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2004
Souhegan seems to be a great place for kids with special needs, but not for the kids that should be the next leaders of our community and country. A high percentage of the best and brightest leave to attend and a more traditional high school where there can be better prepared for college and the real working world. Quite a few kids that remain need tutors for math (and probably other subjects). Try to obtain extra help from a teacher in a subject such as math, and instead of explaining the concept, they ask 'what do you think?' That is great for the social sciences, but not for math or the physical sciences. The kids need to learn the basics before they are able to think. They should stand on the shoulders of giants and not reinvent all that has come before.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
I have attended Souhegan High school for a total of a year and a half. Transiting mid-way through the school year proved to be difficult, but the friendly laid back atmosphere at SHS really helped with making me feel comfortable to excersize my full potential. The teacher/student relationships are unmatched, and though there are many rich students who attend- they in no way are favored above the not-so-rich. The teachers are very open, honest, and respectful with their students and vice versa. The relationship between students and teachers are personal, and yes, parents are less involved with the students academic life, but this is very good for most students. It gives you a sense of achievement when you accomplish something great without your parent's help. This same concept works when you fail to accomplish the task at hand- you are solely responsible.

- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 17, 2004
Sougehan H.S. spends alot of time and energy forcing their philosophy upon the students. I'm not quite sure what it is. The focus seems to be on the students to recognize their personal style of learning and adapting to the school atmosphere, yet the teachers do not alter their teaching style to accomodate the student's learning style. Communication with parents is minimal, and confusing because of the 'learning/teaching'language used by the staff/faculty. This school is an average school. Not bad, no where the reputation.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
Souhegan is a school that works perfectly for the rich. The teachers do their best, but I will never be able to understand how they put up the stuck up pampered students that go through this school system. The administration simply teaches them that if you have money, everything will be made right for you. The students who get the most help are the ones that put forth no effort.

- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2004
Souhegan School is different solely for the purpose of being different. The teacher student relationship is great, however, the students seem to spend too much time overanylizing books instead of learning how to write. Granted there are many great teachers at Souhegan, yet the philosophy seems a bit backward at times.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2003
I am currently a senior at Souhegan High School and I couldn't disagree more with the previous contributor. Souhegan is a little less structured than the more traditional high school, but then again so is college. If Souhegan is allowing us to be responsible and somewhat independent, why is that wrong?

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
This school sets our kids up to fail in college... The quality of the study skills these kids learn dose not prepare them for there future.. Everything is handed to them, take away their BMW's and help them learn

- submitted by a parent
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Souhegan Coop High School
412 Boston Post Rd, Amherst, NH  03031
(603) 673-9940
Last modified Souhegan Coop High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Souhegan Coop High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top