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PK-8
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Hampstead, NH
 

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320 East Road
Hampstead, NH 03841

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(603) 329-4406
(603) 329-7124
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May 05, 2015
Hampstead was not a good choice for our child. While the small school environment was good at times, it was also too small at other times. Sometimes there was not a big enough selection of friends with different interests. This was not necessarily a concern for our child most of the time BUT something to consider. Our main concern is the fact that the school has a very very poor math program at the middle school level which they have ignored for years, even after numerous complaints and requests from many parents for review. We supplemented at home with private tutors at an additional cost to our family. The problem comes down to loyalty among staff as opposed to hiring/firing when necessary. An age old problem with public schools that seems to plague this small school as well. This is not something our family thinks is what you "pay for". My child has now moved onto high school and is still suffering the effects of the poor math instruction and still continues with private tutors to try and play catch up. Although the school was a nurturing safe environment, it was not a school suited to a child moving onto a rigorous academic high school.

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April 29, 2015
My 2 children are currently students at Hampstead Academy and I cannot speak highly enough about the school. The teachers are excellent and the environment is nurturing yet stimulating. We have loved watching them thrive and grow in their time at the school. The school really does develop the whole child with exceptional visual and performing arts and STEM (science, technology and maths) programs. The school helps the children learn how to think and problem-solve creatively and to be enthusiastic and confident learners and citizens. I highly recommend the school.

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June 03, 2014
My daughter graduated from this school and has since finished both high school and college. Throughout highschool and her college years she was constantly applauded for her confidence, her dedication to work, her organization and her leadership skills. To this day the answer to all of this remains the same, Hampstead Academy. I would reccommend this school to every parent concerned that their child is not being challenged in their current school or that is looking for a nurturing and positive environment. The program is solid, the teachers dedicated, the classes accelerated, and the environment like a second family. Who could pass all that up when you want your child to be challenged, to be loved and to be successful?

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April 22, 2014
Hampstead Academy's motto is "educate the whole child." My son is thriving academically, but perhaps even more importantly the school is helping him to grow into an amazingly kind, thoughtful, independent and well-rounded young person.

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April 22, 2014
Hampstead Academy was the perfect solution for our son entering middle school. He's about to graduate, and we are very happy with the way he has grown over the past three years. The academics are excellent, but HA offers so much more. It's a real community, yet every child is treated as an individual, too, and celebrated for his or her accomplishments. The extra-curricular offerings are great, as well, with the school's teams going on to win state, regional, and national championships in Destination Imagination, Lego League, spelling, math, and geography contests, etc. It is very reasonably priced for a nondenominational private school. The sports teams are small, but enthusiastic. The one thing that could be done to improve the academic experience for students who enter later than 2nd or 3rd grade is to offer a class during the weekly activity period in academic schools, to help them get organized and up to speed with the school's expectations. His first year was very stressful because he didn't really have the skills to tackle time-management of long-term projects, multiple assignments, etc. He also didn't have the tech presentation skills other kids had.

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April 21, 2014
Hampstead Academy provides a fantastic educational experience for my daughter. She has been at Hampstead Academy since the 1st grade and has thrived with the challenging and diverse curriculum. The teachers are excellent, the class sizes small and all of the students get along very well with each other. I would strongly recommend Hampstead Academy to any prospective parents planning to send their child to private school.

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April 21, 2014
Hampstead Academy has proven to be a great transition for us from a public school system. Academic and extra-curricular achievement speaks for itself with their test scores and awards. None of this would be possible without a motivated student body, "involved" teachers and leadership. It would be nice for the school to expand its space to include a soccer / track and field facility.

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April 21, 2014
My child has attended Hampstead Academy for the past 6 years and we can not be any happier with the education they're receiving. HA is a tight knit community and the teachers understand each child's learning style and do a fantastic job with teaching to achieve the individual goals of each student. I wish they would add on grades 9-12 so we wouldn't have to leave.

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April 21, 2014
Hampstead Academy has been an excellent school for our bright, but overly sensitive son. His teachers have been excellent from Day 1, and he adores them, AND waking up each school day so he can go to school. I credit HA with furthering his love of school, and look forward to many years with these teachers and administrators. Excellent school, we couldn't be happier.

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April 21, 2014
Hampstead Academy is a small school with a remarkable wealth of resources and dedicated teachers. This year the school secured a set of Google Glasses and everyone in the school got to experience them. I appreciate the visiting authors and artists that are brought to the school to give the children a well rounded experience. And as a working parent, I take advantage of the after school program and intramural sports programs.

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April 21, 2014
Sending my daughter to preschool at Hampstead was a no-brainer....what she knows and articulates at Age 3 blows me away compared to friends children of the same or older age. Absolutely signing her up for another year!

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January 03, 2014
Congratulations to Hampstead Academy's Middle School students for winning the National Verizon App Challenge and the First New Hampshire Robotics Championship this past fall.

- submitted by a teacher

December 16, 2013
I was a student who went from pre k through 8th grade. Up through 5th grade was great. I loved almost all of my teachers. Then I hit the upper school. This part of the school was a failure to say the least. The teachers were not versed in their subjects, and the students corrected them almost daily. I was not prepare for high school when I got there. I was behind in Math, and English. Math was inexcusable, I graduated with A's in Algebra and was completely unprepared for taking Algebra AGAIN. My English teacher did not explain anything well, and I found myself behind in writing and all forms of literature.

- submitted by a community member

October 16, 2013
Terrible Math program!! I mean really, really bad. Despite getting A's on his report card, my child absolutely struggles with his public high school math curriculum. He has had to repeat Algebra 1 after taking it at Hampstead. Save your money, it is not worth it. Not to mention the favoritism that is shown to some kids at the school. My son was a straight "A" student and never caused any trouble, but was not a "favorite" We wish we would've sent him to The Pike School. Very money oriented school and as a result the let everyone in, even those who aren't mission appropriate. Save your money, there are other private schools that do a MUCH better job.

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September 05, 2013
Not a good investment. Had my children gone public to Atkinson Academy they would have been better prepared for SATs. They received mostly As and Bs in every course - yet did so poorly on SATs? Our neighbors send their children to AA and they received mostly Bs in school but did much better in SATs. Since SATs is the test you want to do well in, I would say my neighbors' children were better prepared.

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July 11, 2013
My daughter is entering grade 8 after an amazing journey since nursery at this extraordinary school. She is an accomplished, responsible and mature girl who has been nurtured by the safe environment and strong academics. She began in nursery following the Golden Rule..respect yourself, respect others, respect property. These values are instilled from an early age and lend to building great character in children. They have expectations that they meet and goals to achieve. Each grade level builds on the one before. The teaching staff is well qualified, caring, and they are able to know your child very well with the small ratio of students. Unlike other private elementary schools , your child is not a number, they are a person. My daughter will be applying to private high schools in a few months. I am certain that she will excel in any school she chooses to attend because she is ready to spread her wings and fly high. She is confident and she is a eager learner. She has always loved learning and at Hampstead Academy, that is the goal..to educate the whole child and instill the curiosity and love of learning that is the basis for success in and out of the classroom.

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August 17, 2011
Small class size and attention to detail. They really got to know what made my son enthusiastic and they worked well with his personality traits. Individual attention is tailored to your child and that is a super plus to me.

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November 02, 2010
The teachers my child has had to this point are wonderful. I could not ask for more. They have given my child a true love of learning and quest for knowledge.

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May 05, 2010
As a parent of a child who attended HA and transferred to another private school in MA, I am glad we made the move. The small ratio and nice teachers are a plus at HA and beats the public schools in nh, but this is also found in most other private schools. A positive parent culture (very one-up atmosphere) and warm, friendly leadership is lacking at HA. While HA teachers know individual children well with the small ratio, I didn't see any evidence of teaching to an individual child at HA in the class..in fact the whole class learned the same content and read/wrote with same materials and used the same instructional methods regardless of individual learning style/levels. Overall, its ok if you only have public school as a choice and you want a smaller classroom environment, but I would shop around to different private school options if possible.

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February 05, 2010
If you like spending money for the same education you can get at a GOOD pulic school then Hampstead is the place for you. Depending on how many teacher they let go this year will make the difference if I stay or leave. Music is getting MUCH better and one-on-one math time should be increased.

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December 21, 2009
I am extremely pleased with many things, among them being the sense of community, the dedication to each student's well-being, the teachers' openness and accessibility, the level of integration within the curriculum.

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November 22, 2009
I loved! this school. i a recently graduated and I miss it so much! It really is a great big family.

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July 02, 2009
This nurturing atmosphere sets the stage not only for optimal learning to occur but also growth in peer relationships, self-awareness and self-confidence for all who attend the school.

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April 30, 2009
Too over protective. The teachers are a bit too strict & the education is less than average. The public schools are better. Hampstead keeps growing the cost.

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March 21, 2009
'Educating the Whole Child' is what makes hampstead academy a great school. The teachers address the needs and talents of each child by offering drama, music, sports, art, chinese, latin, spanish, ... but the emphasis on math and science is what has impressed me most of all. Each class in involved with a community service project and my child learned how to knit hats for children in a local shelter. The graduates are accepted into the schools of their choice. What a wonderful place to grow up.

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February 13, 2009
Love the Drama and Music programs. Several years ago, the school offered Chinese and my son is enjoying it very much. He also takes Latin and Spanish. Many after school sports programs are being offered now including baseball, softball, cross country, basketball, golf, swimming and skiing. The school works to develop the whole child.

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November 30, 2008
Hampstead Academy has been the best experience for my two children. The drama, music and art programs are exceptional. In comparison to other private schools, Hampstead Academy's tuition is affordable.

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November 01, 2008
Our daughter attended HA for many years and although the teachers are great, the cost was phenomenal. Every year tuition increases and it just got too expensive. All the parents that I dealt with were nice but I only knew a few of them. I hope the school continues to grow but I hope it will go back to its educational roots rather then trying to be a profit making institution.

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May 31, 2008
The teachers are very caring, knowledgeable and love sharing in the educatinal growth of your child. The schools continues to enchance the extracurriculum programs for the various interest of the cildren and due to family feedback.

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May 31, 2008
Hampstead Academy is an excellent school for my daughter. This is our fourth year at the school. The teachers are great, the students are highly motivated, and the facilities are top notch. There is a nice mix of students from many surrounding towns. We love that there is a bus to and from Windham. I couldn't be more pleased.

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May 30, 2008
My child has attended Hampstead Academy since nursery school and will go to third grade next September. The class size is very small - imagine ....16 children with 2 teachers in the classroom! The teachers are wonderful, caring and professional. Love the music, art, drama and science programs. Great school

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May 13, 2008
Although I do have some concerns regarding the practical application of the philosphy HA preaches of teaching to the individual child - anyone that has a different learning style is somewhat on their own. Diversity is not the issue - particularly in the current K class. In fact, as far as the boys go, my average white, blue- eyed boy is in the minority!

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May 05, 2008
We were disappointed with the school. Look closely at what their philosophy is and what they actually do in practice. Their class sizes are large in the upper school because they combine classes for math and other subjects so the actual teacher-student ratio is higher than actually reported to parents. The local public school kindergarten had a 16-1 student-teacher and Hampstead Academy had 26 kindergarteners!

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May 03, 2008
good school, however some teachers are a tad bit condescending, and i would recommend not having your child go to HA from kindergarten seeing as most of the children i know who did that have had a hard time adjusting to life outside of the affluent, white, slightly paranoid bubble. the school also has zero diversity. I feel the urge to bring a big black man with me to hampstead sometime, and see how quickly the police are called.

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February 01, 2008
My daughter attended Hampstead Academy for 8 wonderful years. What makes this school a perfect place is the caring and talented teachers... Art, Music, Drama and the after school activities serve to enhance a top notch academic program. The families are close and we formed many lasting friendships.

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January 07, 2008
I have to agree that the parents are very cliquey. My daughter is in preschool right now, and I can already see the different cliques forming with the parents and the students. It makes me very uncomfortable. The teachers seem nice, but I do not like the atmosphere created by the parents of always having to one up each other,

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July 16, 2007
Of course the students do great. H. A. will only take in the brightest high achieving students. If you do have any difficulties in any subject, your child will get the boot. Also this school is extremely cliquey. Teachers have their favorites and the students are very aware of it, these are the kids that excell.

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June 09, 2007
Hampstead Academy is a school worth paying tuition. The teachers are absolutely amazing, and the students are kind and respectful. My child has been there for 10 years (kindergarden and preschool)and sh is graduating 2007, which is this year. Hammpstead Academy is a great opportuity to enhance in academic and atheletic skills!

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January 22, 2007
My oldest son attended grades 6-8 and tested into grade 10 honors 1 courses in Geometry and Spanish as well as other grade nine honors courses (history and biology) in the high school he now attends as a freshman. HA is well worth the tuition. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in different activities and team sports, although the school is by no means a sports power house.

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June 19, 2006
At Hapstead we can say nothing else than... amazing results from my child. she has been there since 1st grade and I can not believe the turn out of my child. The teachers there are amazing, and could not get better. my child is very smart and understands more than i thought she would learn. Wonderful school from my point of view. -Could not be more pleased with the turn out!

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February 25, 2005
Our daughter has been at Hampstead Academy just about 2 years. We are more then pleased with the teachers there. They seem to have a real understanding of the children and work hard to meet the needs of every child. They make time to speak with parents at any time if it is needed. I feel the school is organized and a very safe place to be. **********

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October 23, 2003
Great facilities, caring staff, and small teacher student ratios.

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Hampstead Academy
320 East Road, Hampstead, NH  03841
(603) 329-4406
Last modified Hampstead Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Hampstead Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top