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Winnacunnet High School

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Posted March 9, 2014

Winnacunnet provides one of the best comprehensive high school curriculums in the state. Winnacunnet High School was recently recognized by the Commissioner s as a Circle of Excellence school and districts that aspire to excellence by being innovative in service to children. his recognition also includes schools nominated by the New Hampshire Department of Education for inclusion in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program which recognizes schools where students achieve at high academic levels and/or where the achievement gap is narrowing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2012

Winnacunnet isn't that great of a school, but it's not terrible. Barely any of the students actually want to learn, and most only show up because they're already on probation for attendance issues. A lot of the teachers at Winnacunnet pick favorites and treat certain students better than the rest of the class. The technology is not up to dates, the laptops are terribly slow and most are missing keys. Gym is a requirement at Winnacunnet, meaning if a student had all honors classes, and a perfect GPA, but they didn't participate in gym or take ROTC then they still wouldn't be able to graduate. I think the biggest problem at Winnacunnet would be the students, but there are problems with teachers, and the quality of education being received as well. Another problem at this school is that there are multiple towns attending it. The students from Seabrook aren't treated fairly by most of the staff, or most of the students. Bottom line: I wouldn't recommend sending your kids to this school unless it's your only option.

Posted December 10, 2010

I attended this school and their Honors/AP programs are great. Thanks to the great teachers and the availability of great courses/programs I was able to attend a prestigious college upon graduation. Not to mention, I started college with almost a whole semester of college credit under my belt because I passed the AP tests (thanks to the great AP instruction). Sports teams are great, and the possibilities are certainly there for students who wish to put forth the effort in pursuit of a great college education. The only negative about this school was the students themselves (fights in halls, bullying, etc), but that is the case at any high school, and the administration does their best to punish the bad eggs.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 2, 2009

I am currently a sophomore in this school. An honors student-athelete, and I must say this school is not that great. The honors/AP programs are fine but anyone that's not an honors student should basically not be trusted with sharp objects. The teachers are good and the school itself isn't bad but really the students here hardly qualify as students. Just sayin' peace.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 19, 2009

My daughter just finished up her Junior year at Winnacunnet. In my opinion this school needs a new administration. A major issue came up on the last day of school conveniently for the teacher involved but not so convenient for the poor students in her class. After a major meeting between this one teacher and two asst principles nothing was resolved because the assistant principles did not want to 'rattle feathers' on the last day of school. These students have no rights and must have the 'grin and bear it' attitude and I saw this first hand with one young student as I waited on my meeting there. Im hoping by posting something here the administration sees this and rethinks their attitudes towards their students and give them a little more consideration than just a means to their paychecks and long summer vacations in the end
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2009

I am a freshman here and i love this school. its awesome!Awesome food, classes, teachers, and gym is optional!
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 15, 2008

I'm a recent grad of Winnacunnet and I absolutely loved it. The AP and honors classes are excellent and the art department is incredible. There are some brilliant teachers and I was more than prepared for college. The athletics at the school also offer great opportunities for leadership and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school and highly highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 8, 2008

I am a graduate of Winnacunnet and believe it is a great school. For those of the people worrying about the environment, there are new facilities being built as we speak to rid of those trailers that you speak of. The teachers there are excellent. I am currently attending a prestigious college and find classes easy, due to the education I received at WHS. All high schools have their own problems, have their bad kids, bad experiences, it s life. You will get the education equal to if not better than those of the private schools.

Posted March 25, 2008

My daughter just finished her senior year and I have to say we are happy she is finished! She had some really great teachers and adminstrators and there is a very caring staff. The problems at Winnacunnet begin with the families of many of the students. I have lived and taught in many places-the Bronx to affulent orange cnty. CA. and I have NEVER heard such heartbreaking stories of what kids are facing at home. School can only do so much...these problems follow the kids to school and spillover and effect everything else. Drugs, dropouts, teen prgnancy-don;t blame the school, help the kids. What this leaves though is lots of distraction and less learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2005

I am a graduate of Winnacunnet and have a sibling presently attending. Come on, all kids complain about school -ie the food, the amount of work, their teachers... But I can honestly say that I enjoyed high school. Both the education I received and championship trophies my sports teams earned! the teachers (who also serve as pt coaches) were/are well educated, creative, and supportive. The new additions are more accomodating to the students & staff - but also pleasing to the eye, which hopefully will boost the moral of those 'hardened' by learning in a modular! with parental support of both the district and the students, I think Winnacunnet stands the chance of becoming a role model school once again!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2005

I believe parents, students and teachers make a school successful or not. Teachers cannot do it with the committment of the student and parents. The students cannot do it without the committment of their parents and teachers. Parents without the committment of their children and teachers. It is vital that our youth have goals in high school, but also ways to build self-esteem. Empowerment through more hands on community involvement and the like. I think every high school has it's good and bad qualities. WHS is no different, and they are making drastic changes to the improvement of the schools interior/exeterior, and changes in policy to improve academic standards for all learning levels.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2004

Winnacunnet High School needs serious help. There curriculum seems to be above average. They need help with there policies and rules within the school environment. I realize children come to school and bring their home and outside environment with them. But, they should be accountable for their actions and respect the rules of any educational environment. I believe that Winnacunnet H.S. has an incredibly hard task of making children follow the rules and not slip through the cracks. I believe the State of New Hampshire should go to this school and work side by side to make this school a much safer and accommodating environment for all learners. I believe if the state helped this school. It would indeed be a great school and learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2004

I think this School is a horrible enviorment for my kids. They suffer by having classes in trailors. They school needs a lot of work! The conditions in the school are poor. The ceiling leaks and the cafeteria is crowed the the max. It is just disgusting.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2004

This school has gone down hill since the new principle has come. her ideas and imput about the school has caused complete choas. The kids suffer from having classes outside in the trailors. As a parent I feel that this school should let us have a say in some of the decisions. For example it took 2 years for the approval of the new addition to be passed. The kids really need one because space is cramped and the ceiling leaks when it is raining outside. Finally this year the surrounding towns passed the addition. The whole school can not even fit into one area being the gym or the auditorium. Overall this school needs alot of improvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2004

This school is horrible everything is completly messed up. The good teachers are leaving and there is this new trimester thing that makes no sense. There is no study hall and we have trailors outside. The ceiling leaks when it rains so they put buckets underneath the spots which blocks the very narrow hallways. They waste money on things not needed like new tables and chairs. The school is becomming very unsafe and confusing to everyone. The students at this school are loosing intrest in learning and only want to leave. Finally after 2 years we got the addition passed that was needed more than 2 years ago. We have a new system of bells it is music and sometimes you cant hear it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 17, 2004

The trimester system implemented this year has been well received by the students and teacher. The much needed addition has passed and all are looking forward to improved spaces. The teaching staff is excellent, the sports are managed wonderfully and once the trailers are gone all will be outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2003

Nearly 10 years ago, Winnacunnet moved to a scheme of 'Block Scheduling'. The experiment was poorly implemented and the advantages of this type of scheduling were completely outweighed by the inability of the school to actually exploit them. This year they have hastily, with no support from the parents and teachers, moved to a trimester system in a desperate effort to save their accredidation. The school is a mess and the best teachers are jumping ship.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 36% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Science was 33% in 2012.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.



The state average for Writing was 54% in 2014.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.








Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests

In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education


All Students40%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I program (current)14%
With educational disability13%
Without educational disability44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant40%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a


All Students78%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)47%
With educational disability37%
Without educational disability83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant78%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a


All Students61%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I program (current)31%
With educational disability22%
Without educational disability66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant61%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests

In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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