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Hanover High School

Public | 9-12 | 747 students

 

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Posted January 8, 2014

Yes, the education is adequate. I have definitely seen better and seen worse. This school is very clique-y. Money talks, if you are not athletic or rich you are pretty much outta luck. Good education, bad high school experience. Beware.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2013

Academically, you're not going to get a better place for a public school. I'm a senior and can say that while I love Hanover's drive for academic success, it can become incredibly stressful at times. The pressure for us as students to perform at a high level is intense; I have a 3.77 GPA and I'm ranked fairly low among my peers, who hold 3.8 like a golden standard as to whether or not you're a great student. Besides the academic pressure, I've also experienced my share of social pressure. Because Hanover is a fairly wealthy community, it produces high schoolers with very nice and expensive materials. It seems like everyone has a Macbook and an iPhone or other variety of smartphone. I don't have one and get along just fine, but it does deplete your social status just a bit. Finally, the part that makes me give Hanover a four star rating is the teachers. I have had incredible teachers my four years at Hanover that have all wanted to see me succeed. Whether you come into the school with a 4.0 or a 3.0, there is always going to be someone willing to stand in your corner to make sure you perform to your best. So, great academic school but a lousy one socially. That's all there is to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2013

I graduated from HHS several years ago. My experience may be a bit dated but I do recognize several teachers and faculty on the current directory. My experience is that HHS is an outstanding public high school for high achieving students. Where it falls short is dealing with the average (B and C type grades) or special needs students. As a little bit of a late bloomer academically, and thus just an average high school student, I was written off by several teachers. One very highly regarded teacher even told my parents she did not want to "waste" her time with me because I was a "lost cause". Well I graduated college with honors, have a masters degree, make well into six figures annually, and am trusted with the lives of hundred of people daily, so her professional judgement was way off base. Like I said, it is a great public school for high academically achieving students, several classmates attended the Ivy League schools and other highly prestigious universities. But average and special needs students can expect to become surprisingly lost for such a small school.


Posted December 13, 2011

I am unfortunate enough to be a student at this school and I hate it. Its cliquey and cold. The teachers are good but the culture in this school is such that kids are overworked and stressed. Kids never get a break. I cant wait get out of here. Don't send your kids here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2011

We chose to live in Hanover for the schools and it was the best decision we could have made. Our kids ('10, '12) never had a social problem, have received wonderful educations in and out of the classroom. The only complaint would be the enormous amount of homework, more work than the oldest is getting at a top-10 national college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2010

All of the students that say that the academics are substandard are severely exaggerating. Hanover High has some of the best academics in NH. That's not to say it is an easy school at all. It is a very competitive school in academics and sports. I have noticed that there are some cliques, and some people tend to think that if you don't fit 'the bill' that it's hard to 'fit in'. Although Hanover has the reputation of being preppy, there are all sorts of groups to hang out with. I for instance hang out with the 'urban outfitters-esk' group of people. There are all types of groups from preppy populars, to the singers and everything in between. Hanover High will certainly get you ready for college but the academics are very intense.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2010

i am currently a student at hanover, and i find the school to be an accepting place, with a lot of academic opportunities. I can however see how students who choose not to take advantage of those opportunities feel left out or unaccepted. It is a place where everybody is expected to try their best academically and overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2009

Very good school and has other alternative programs if the school is not a match for the child yet still receive a diploma if one needs to go elsewhere such as more focused technical program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

This school is god awful. It has an immense presence of cliques, and it truly is hard to make friends in such a biased environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2009

'06 graduate; I think it was quite a good school and an overall great experience. Academics are ranging and as demanding as the student wishes essentially. Teachers are qualified and excellent on average. Boasts an impressive placement of its graduates at top schools. Not much you could ask for in a 'public' school. I've read a couple things about the presence of 'cliques', which I found to be somewhat interesting. I'm not sure if these students wanted 14-18 year olds to sit in a big circle singing together, but that seems pretty ridiculous. Given the circumstances, I was amazed out how integrated and accepting the student body was; it's not a place where you are a jock or a nerd athletes are often studious and/or intermingle with those more academically inclined. Very little 'bullying' for a high school. Maybe these students were unfriendly to others and still expected to be liked?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The expertise and commitment of a cadre of talented and exacting teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

I'm a former student of Hanover High School and it is a unique school. There is an open campus policy so you can leave school during free periods- much like a college. However, there is a lack of a sense of connectedness, respect of differences, kindness and diversity. If students are not part of the popular clique they may feel disconnected. The administrators do work diligently to provide good sport and academic programs but they do not seem aware of the importance of creating a positive and inclusive learning environment where all students feel respected and valued. The administration also has little interest in providing quality programming for special needs students. They do not work collaboratively with parents but rather take an adversarial, litigious approach. There is not a good faith effort to follow state and federal SPED laws. It's unfortunate and due to poor leadership choices at the highest levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

This is a truly great high school with a great academic culture. It teaches responsibility through school democracy; parents who want the school to parent don't get this place. What is truly amazing is the cross-pollination of student groups; it's a place where it is okay to be different.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2008

I am a former student, and now have a freshman child attending HHS. I must say as a student myself I am thrilled by the progression HHS has made in most areas. I would not send my son anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

former student continued...Another issue is social life. IF you fall into the category of outgoing and fit the right human shape model and your family can afford to be sure that you are dressed just so and fit in just so then you should be ok. However, it is very hard to feel comfortable there with the cliques and social pressure. I don't know anyone who would debate that. I have since seen schools where the kids are encouraged to intermingle more and get to know kids that they don't usually. I wish that HHS had some sort of help for those kids who felt they did not fit the 10% most polular bill and wonder what is wrong with them. Self Esteem? I can't imagine it comes from HHS, it is lost there, or found in college perhaps, or, again if you are in 'the' clique you may have it
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

This school was terrible. Substandard academics. Horrible cliques, and the faculty never went out of their way to help anyone. There were a few select teachers out there who were very understanding but overall, the worst school I ever attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2008

I am also a graduate, as is my mother and grandmother, and must say it is one of the best. There was always a balance between personal freedom and academic expectations. The faculty always bent over backwards to assist all students. I only wish that I could return to the area and send my son to this school. There are always going to be students who abuse their open campus privileges... There may have been a slightly 'underwhelming' sense of school spirit, that was always overshadowed by the rewards of a stellar education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2007

My experience (3 kids graduated) was on the low end of satisfied. It is not as good as you would expect for the $14K/student cost. 1k/student for sports. $150/student on all other activities. Teacher quality is very uneven, some fabulous,several incompetent and arrogant.Kids are not challenged or encouraged to excel.80% seniors take only 5 classes in 7 period day. AP tests infrequently taken because students must study for them independently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2007

I am a former student of HHS. This high school has very high academic standards and my success there not only built my self-esteem but also prepared me well for success in college. It has an excellent selection of academic clubs. The school spirit is high.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2007

Pretty strong academic school. Incredible peer pressure (I know from first hand experience!) Watch your kids close and they'll do fine here.
—Submitted by a former student


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 37% in 2012.

173 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

175 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2012.

175 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
72%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Math

All Students72%
Female67%
Male78%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian82%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability19%
Without educational disability78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability44%
Without educational disability85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students53%
Female60%
Male44%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability13%
Without educational disability57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Non-migrant53%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 89% 90%
Asian 6% 3%
Black 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Richmond Middle School
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US News & World Report Silver Medal (2007)
  • Center for Secondary School Redesign: innovative & successful secondary school (2008)
  • Siemens Awards for Students & Faculty (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
School Leader's name
  • Deborah Gillespie
Fax number
  • (603) 643-0661

Programs

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • badminton & fencing through PE or Club
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • badminton & fencing through PE or Club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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41 Lebanon St
Hanover, NH 03755
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