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K-8
Public charter
Kingston, NH
 

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13 Church St
Kingston, NH 03848

(603) 642-8400
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 01, 2015
Teachers at SCS are a special breed. Evidence of this beyond the classroom is their dedication to the process of moving out of the inadequate facilities the school is in now, their participation in fundraising activities and the nights and weekends they've been putting in for what they openly say is their community.

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 01, 2015
I've sometimes though it's too much but you can't compare it to what it used to be like. Lots of homework is the new norm.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 01, 2015
The culture at SCS allows everyone to fit in. It's really important to the students that everyone is valued. It's amazing how different it is from the town school where it's conform or die.

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July 01, 2015
SCS is a fantastic school that's flourished despite being stuck in a poor facility with a landlord and town that doesn't care about them and is openly hostile towards them. The way the SCS parents and teachers have rallied for the move to better facilities shows what a special community that has developed. This isn't something we've ever seen at our town school where no one cares about each other and fights each other, school board, parents and students, constantly. It's exciting the school is finally going to get the kind of facility it deserves. SCS is going to be better than ever. We're really looking forward to it and especially having the stress around the facility finally gone.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2015
For those considering this school. Please be aware that instead of relocating to Stratham (which the school has been fundraising for), the school is now relocating to Dover. Parents were notified this week, with 8 weeks left until the school opens. So sad as parents now realize they need to find another school due to distance or scurry for carpools. Poor planning continues to cause havoc. A seven year lease with a one year notice should not have had this school in panic mode two months before the start of a new school year.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 18, 2015
By integrating art within the classroom, the teachers are very effective in teaching. While they still need to teach to NH state testing levels (the standardized exams), they have a bit more leeway to experiment with various teaching methods. Like most jobs, they have the opportunity to evaluate whether a method was effective or not and keep in the repertoire or not...The teachers are dedicated and work incredibly hard.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 18, 2015
For a 1st grader, my daughter received about the appropriate amount of homework. I probably would have liked to have a bit more homework, but my mom calls me a "tiger mom."

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 18, 2015
By the students calling the teachers and principal by their first names is one way to foster respect. Also by presenting in front of the whole school each week and listening is another avenue of respect. And being greeted each morning at drop off by the principal or a teacher is also an avenue of respect.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 18, 2015
The school doesn't have the typical bullying. I appreciated that the 7th graders are reading buddies to the 1st graders, developing a big-little sibling relationship. The carpooling also affords relationship building, as well as the afterschool enrichment classes. Students call the teachers and head of school by their first names, having an expectation of respect - closely tied to honest, integrity and fairness.

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June 18, 2015
My daughter just finished her first year at Seacoast Charter School (SCS) and I am pleased that the school exceeded my expectations. A few items that stick out for me: 1. They hold a whole school meeting every Friday where 2-3 classes present in front of the whole school. To me it is fantastic that she is already learning to speak in front of 250 other students, plus teachers and parents, holding a microphone at such an early age. 2. I love that art is integrated in all of the subjects, helping them concretize the learnings. For instance when learning about light and shadows, they did a piece of art where the moon is reflecting off a body of water and another piece where a grove of birch trees is casting shadows on the ground. Like any school, it is what one puts into it. She started reading this year and is already reading one full school year ahead (per Scholastic book's reading level charts). On our tour of the school prior to going, I remember a parent saying that her son was shy and a wallflower prior to going and that at SCS he found his voice. She said he still feels shy but now speaks up in spite of that. I look forward too to 3rd grade and above when all of the students are required to take a musical string instrument. My daughter in the past was resisting piano lessons (even though she was good), but think that once all of her friends are taking class with her, she will be excited. While the school is having some bumps on finding a new location, it's worth the bumps.

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June 10, 2015
My sister is a sixth grader who has always struggled with academics. In her old school, she was overlooked because she isn't a huge behavioral issue. Here at SCS, individual learning goals are set and each child's needs are met. This is the most dedicated group of innovative teachers the state has ever seen! If your child is interested in hands-on, minds-on learning then this is the school for them! They are enrolling for the 2015-2016 year at their new location in Stratham, NH. Give them a call and you will be changing your child's life for the better!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 10, 2015
These teachers are the best! They work harder than those at "tradional" schools. They make their classrooms awesome without a lot of money. They care so much more and put in so much extra time. They care about their students like a family!

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 10, 2015
The homework load is doable. Kindergarten students don't have any. In the lower grades, they have a bit and it increases as they get older. A lot of it is project based and they are not overwhelmed but teachers have high expectations which encourages kiddos to work hard.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
Students' needs are met by individual learning goals being set. When students are met where they are at (socially and academically) they feel successful which encourages determination.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
Through class discussion, students learn how and why respect is an important part of social situations.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
Absolutely! I have seen students as young as kindergarten, treating each other kindly and showing respect for teachers and adults.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
There isn't any bullying at this school. Teachers assign collaborative projects that enhance social skills and encourages problem solving.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 07, 2015
This is the focus of the school. They even have weekly all school meetings K-8 that focus on valuing all members of the community.

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June 07, 2015
SCS is the right school for our family. We live in a town with a highly rated public school. Unfortunately the school did not meet the needs of my daughter. Our town school uses lots of worksheets and tends to teach down the middle. My daughter is very bright, loves hands on learning and needs to be allowed the freedom to move ahead instead of being held back. She also loves the arts! After four years, I can say that the education she receives at SCS is exactly what she needs! Her peers are wonderful and so are her teachers. The sense of community is strong! The children develop respectful relationships without bullying and cliches. They learn about values and openly discuss the positive values their classmates possess. In the fall we are excited to have our son attend too. The move to Stratham will make our commute to school 40 minutes. We are willing to make this drive everyday because the school is that important to us and right for our kids. We even revisited our town's public school. After a long visit we left feeling even stronger about our decision to send our children to SCS. This is a wonderful school for children who want an arts focused education with hands on learning.

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June 06, 2015
My two children attend SCS and they are thriving. They love, love, love their school and are actually quite upset that the school year is ending. I remember that I couldn't wait to get out for summer! We are constantly amazed by what they are learning. One of my children struggled with math earlier in the year and now she actually tells me it's fun. To watch them play their instruments together is such a joy. They express their creativity through their amazing art work. The other thing they learn is how to present their work to their classroom or sometimes the whole school and to also work in teams. There are no rows of desks with kids just being lectured. They can actually interact with adults with confidence. Real life skills. They want to be there, they want to learn and they want to work hard. That is the environment this school fosters. What more could you ask? In recent years there has definitely been turmoil but now there is now a great administration with head of school, Mr. Durso. There is also a solid, engaged school board. It's very difficult to look at the past couple of administrations and what happened and compare it to where the school is now. Apples and oranges. There is a particular culture and style to SCS and not everyone can fit that mold but now SCS is back where it should be. SCS is a place where you get out of it what you put into it. SCS depends on the community to succeed. This means volunteering and fundraising. It means being part of your child's education. The way the community has rallied around the school's need to move and fund-raise to stay open says a lot about how parents and children feel most. It's a community. It's a family. Sometimes it takes some adversity to get people motivated. Scarcity breeds innovation. I continue to be impressed by the amount of time and effort administration, staff, parents and students are willing to put into this. Some might spin this as negative but when everyone cares this much it's obvious there is something very special here. Yes, the new space will cost more but since we're all being asked to "read the minutes" also notice there are plans to move forward, organize and meet the challenge. At SCS my children thrive. They want to be there, work hard and learn. They express their creativity through their work. They love their school. I couldn't ask for more.

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June 03, 2015
SCS is an amazing school with talented, creative extremely dedicated teachers and administrators. I have had three children lucky enough to go there and it is so refreshing to see kids actually enjoying learning. My kids would actually WANT to go to school - academically I feel the curriculum is strong and the kids learn by completing projects that are meaningful to them not just by memorizing facts for a test .This is the type of learning that sticks with kids. My son also excells in math and is a grade ahead without my input at all - the school simply put him where he needed to be. Taking vlacs is an option for any student in NH so I am not sure how that would be a struggle for anyone... Charter schools are a unique experience and require a lot of parent involvement- it does require effort but it is well worth it!

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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 02, 2015
Although there may be some good teachers at SCS, the fact that the teachers attempted to hold my son back in middle school math for no reason (only because they did not have a place for him) is beyond concerning. The fact that my son was receiving 6th grade vocabulary in the 6th grade when he was receiving 10th grade vocabulary in the 4th grade is still a bit puzzling. My fifth grade son had a math assignment that was identical to an assignment he received in the 2nd grade. I have done nothing all year but catch my third grade daughter up. Yes, it is true, my children did not attend the school this past year, they were pulled out last year. I am very thankful for that.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 02, 2015
This school did not treat my son in a fair manner. My son was always one year a head in math. Although he was successful in math, they attempted to hold him back one year because they did not have a place for him. Without informing us, they were successful for one month. My son sat in a 6th grade math class when he should have been in 7th grade. When we became aware of the situation, we fought to have him take math through VLACS. Although he started a month late, he finished on time with honors in 7th grade math. We pulled our son and his new school recognized his need and advanced him to 9th grade math while still in the 7th grade.

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June 02, 2015
I encourage everyone to read the board's minutes within the past two years before deciding to attend this school. There have been ongoing internal problems within this school that many don't even understand. This school should never have been in the situation to have to fundraise in a panic mode to stay open. While the initial goal has been made, it is difficult to imagine that if the initial move is made, there will be sustainability. The census is decreasing, if you read the latest minutes, this place may relocate and then need to close in December. If the school is not upfront with new recruits, how awful! Education is not about simply filling seats. These are families and children's lives not just numbers.

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2015
This is a great school both my children have been going here the last 2 years and they absolutely love it. They do their homework all by themselves and want to , They respect each other and adults, the teachers here are wonderful they go above and beyond, music and arts program is fantastic children deserve a chance no child should be left behind my children seem to do better with the Seacoast charter school than in public or private when in doubt please check the seacoast charter school out you will be so glad that you did .

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June 02, 2015
I have two children at SCS - a 3rd grader and a 6th grader, and this is their 4th year at the SCS. SCS is an arts-integrated charter school, but this does not mean that it is a school for artists or even artistically-inclined kids. By embracing the arts and teaching through the arts, the children experience what they are learning using all of their senses. No matter what their individual strengths or natural proclivities are, by teaching through all of the arts, every child finds a connection to at least one aspect of the lesson and their learning blossoms. The arts pervade everything the children do at school. If they are studying Native Americans, they are learning about Native American art in their art classes (which are 2-3 times a week). They are learning about Native American music in their music classes (also 2 -3 times a week). They are learning about Native American dance and storytelling, and the list goes on. Our children have become creative problem solvers and multidimensional thinkers thanks to the teachers at the SCS. My eldest was a "square peg" at our local public school, and when we went to the SCS, he was no longer alone. This school has star kids and square kids, round kids, oval kids, and rectangle kids. And even better – the teachers are all of those things as well, and everyone fits. What results is a culture of understanding, acceptance, and joy. As a parent, I cannot imagine a better school.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 02, 2015
There's a level of respect that gets transferred to home that wasn't there before SCS.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 02, 2015
The entire community of the school is a safe place for students to actual feel emotions without feeling like they're going to be made fun of. There's genuine concern and empathy when someone is having an off day or had accidentally hurt themselves. When my daughter crashed into another student and caused her nose to bleed she was embarrassed but no one laughed at her because she was crying which she was most worried about.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 02, 2015
Because the teachers and staff respect the students the students respect the teachers and staff just as much.

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June 02, 2015
Our daughter has excelled academically, socially , and emotionally at this school! We are so glad we found this wonderful place for her, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

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June 02, 2015
I wish I had made the switch to SCS from our local public school years ago. Our daughter was "silently" bullied for about two years and because it wasn't seen or heard she suffered both socially and academically. We also couldn't get her learning disability identified properly which greater reduced her academic abilities. When we brought her to SCS it was like a light switches on. She enjoys going to school, is learning to play an instrument, is able to use her art skills in her work so it relates to something she's interested in and when her teachers recognized that she was struggling we were finally able to get her diagnosed with ADD. She only needs a little support to refocus because she's happy to be learning in a way that makes sense to her. She's also found a network of friends that "get" her and she "gets" them. The teachers and staff seem to know each child by name and personality very quickly. I don't believe there's anyone in the school our daughter couldn't go to for help/questions/concerns which is very reassuring.

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May 26, 2015
I would like to comment on a couple of the earlier reviews. Someone can not honestly review a school YEARS after they have attended there. Especially at a Charter School. The heads of school change, staff changes, and board members change as we try to improve our school and how it is run. The Seacoast Charter School has had a few hiccups in the last couple of years due to reasons beyond our control, BUT it still remains an OUTSTANDING SCHOOL!!! The teachers there are the most dedicated teachers I have ever met. The children LOVE their school and the parents also are very proud and happy to be there. Is it the right fit for everyone? Probably not, but that is why it is a CHOICE to send your child there. The negative posts are obviously from people who are not even part of our school family. My children have attended there for 4 years and we are extremely happy with the school and the staff. They are all extremely professional and go above and beyond for their students and their families. The parents and teachers that are there are dedicated to keeping this school thriving in whatever way possible. WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!

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May 18, 2015
I have seen recent headlines of this schools trying to relocate and it is with mixed emotions I right this review. My kids attended a few years ago for a brief period and I will say the music and arts education is excellent. The academic environment, continual squabbling over funds, and hostile parent and staff interactions I observed were not. I am really not surprised this school seems to be having trouble "getting its act together" because in the time we were there, it felt like a very unsettled, disorganized place. Teachers would complain openly to me about administration and vice versa, and they hardly knew me. On the whole, it struck me as a very unprofessional environment, and even my kids could see that. I don't understand how other charter schools in this state seem to do OK, and this place can't get out of its own way. Think twice and really do your homework, talking to former parents, before you commit your kids here. I really wish I had.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2015
Lack of strategic planning and solid fundraising, coupled with many people's heads being in the sand expecting government to bail them out has brought this school to their knees. Everyone is currently in panic mode as they scramble to relocate. It is sad that this is happening the last month of school. All one needs to do is review archived minutes to know that the lease was up. Best of luck, but throwing money without fixing internal problems is not going to be a solution.

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May 13, 2015
SCS is a wonderful school for learners who can benefit from a project-based, arts-integrated education. It is a charter school, which means we as parents choose to send our children SCS. It is not a decision to be taken lightly because the school is not for everyone. Art and music is integrated into all subjects and taken seriously by the teachers and students themselves--these subjects are not just "specials" treated as a break from traditional academic studies. That said, the school's goal is not necessarily to create future artists and musicians, but to create inspired learners who can think creatively. Yes, students address teachers by their first names. This is not a sign of disrespect, as some reviewers have suggested, but a part of the school culture. The students adore and admire their teachers and the school is as much of an extended family as it is a community. Learning is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and this is at the heart of the SCS experience. Of course, other parents may disagree with such a culture, which it is why it is important to visit the school and understand its goal and mission before enrolling your student here.

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May 13, 2015
We had some hiccups along the way and have only grown stronger as school and community! We have an amazing head master now who was in traditional education for 30 years and has taken his experience along with the dedicated staff to really help the school thrive. Each student has a personalized plan to help them grow. Creatively, Respect and Support for all is incredible. There is zero bully and the kids do a great job policing each other because it is an all around community. The children love their school, have pride in their school and know it is an amazing opportunity. They want to learn, take home projects and do homework because it makes sense. 1st grades will take on an out project that goes on for months and loves it. The small school allows all subjects to be intertwined so art, music, math, history, science, English and more are all working together. Teachers know all the kids, parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate. My child would be lost without this school and she is thriving!

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January 17, 2015
Small school (which is so refreshing!) and a bit unorganized right now but full of love; kind of like one big family. Outstanding office staff and caring, hard-working, excellent teachers. Amazing music and art teachers that blow my mind with what they are able to teach. The new, very personable principal has high integrity, heart and strives for excellence. He seems very dedicated to the school already. He leads with positivity and great intuition. He has a great background and we're lucky we have him. The students are treated with respect and are encouraged to think outside the box. The teachers are able to think outside the box too and are not pressured to conform so much. Academically, they certainly could improve but hopefully that's not the only thing parents care about. The way I see it, kids excel in what they love anyway. The principal cares very much about academic state standards so I think we're in good hands now. Parents are always encouraged to attend important meetings. When they need to hire they interview thoroughly. Because it's an arts integrated school, their right brain is being stimulated much more.

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November 05, 2014
The first problem at SCS is that the students address the teachers by their first names, not conveying respect. Dress code is not enforced. Students are allowed to wear hats in school, chew gum etc. Students use profanity on a regular basis without any intervention from teaching staff. There are few/no male teachers. Social engineering, particularly for boys is rampant. Tag is not allowed and touch football is two finger touch! etc. While project based learning is nice, there are very few true tests given. Students lack proper study skills. Individual academic needs are not passed on from year to year. A lack of curriculum is evident when students complete identical assignments in different grades without exploring the concept at a deeper depth. The board is mainly comprised of teachers/parents/ex-parents so there are no clear unbiased opinions. There is no PTA, parents have no avenue for addressing issues. The school is basically run by the teachers. When issues are brought to teachers, parents are often shunned. It is like "the old girl's club," teachers group together and protect themselves/each other instead of doing what is in the best interest of the student.

- submitted by a community member

October 21, 2014
Pulled our daughter out after 3.5 weeks here. The first red flag was the emails sent out to parents by the new head of school that were loaded with grammatical and spelling errors. Very unprofessional for a person in that position. Multiple behavior issues in my daughters class, where the whole class would have long "quiet times" where some kids would lay down/nap? on the floor(1st gr). Homework was not very organized. Teachers seemed overwhelmed. Felt the curriculum was lacking, and my daughter needed more challenging work. Security of the school needs some work, I should not be able to take my daughter from outside without one adult even glancing in my direction. Financial issues are worrisome. Perhaps the most disturbing incident is when I went in to notify them I would be unenrolling my daughter (midweek), they said she could not finish out the week there (I did say I wanted her to since she wasn't starting her other school until the following week). My daughter was upset because she couldn't say goodbye. So much for the well being of the child! Felt like we were being kicked out of the school. NO ONE asked us why we were pulling her out, apparently they just don't care why.

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October 05, 2014
The education program overall is very good. Students set a goal (personal learning plan) for the year, approved by their teacher and they track their progress on it each week. The school went through some changes last year that turned out negatively with a new head of school that left, and such, but, this year it is back to it's former glory and is running more smoothly then ever. Students are not held back from going above and beyond academically and gifted students are challenged appropriately. Music and art programs are outstanding. Overall great school.

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June 04, 2014
Enrolling my children at SCS was the best academic decision we have made. Bloom's Taxonomy is alive and thriving within the walls of SCS. Children are being asked to think, create, listen, teach, explore and analyze every day. They meet as a school community every Friday morning to talk about what they have learned, share music, songs and knowledge. My children have had gifted teachers who have brought out the best n them. I have witnessed five year olds working together as an ensemble and third, fourth and fifth graders taking their strings performance more seriously than many high school ensembles. What the teachers do for and with these kids is inspiring. We could not be happier.

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March 15, 2014
The school really changed within the past year. There was poor organization and management, staffing issues, and much of the original success of the school has been compromised. Hopefully a new administrator and higher standards (such as all teachers being certified to teach) could restore this school's success but it may take awhile. Some of the faculty are outstanding and have great credentials.

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August 19, 2013
Our school is changing this year. We have a new principal, a larger student body, and a new class structure. Previously, we had blended classes: 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th together. All my kids really enjoyed that. This year the classes will be separated, more like a 'regular' school. We shall have to see if we still like it as well.

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June 05, 2013
We love this school. The teachers are so dedicated to their profession and really care about the kids. Their approach to discipline is to talk things out with the students rather than the usual write up or detention that does not have a big effect. Children are in a much more relaxed environment. The arts and music programs are excellent. They need more funding from the State and Federal goverment to continue providing the excellent education.

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June 03, 2009
When we moved back east from MN, my child was in a charter school there, so we made sure we lived close to this school becuase the methods used to teach in this school were the most beneficial to my childs learning experience. Our decision was the right one as time told. Great faculty/teachers that really care about making in impact in my childs education. I'm glad to say that my child even with her learning diability is thriving in Seacoast Charter school and loves to go to school.

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January 28, 2009
This a a great public school alternative. They promote individuality in both academics and the arts. It's a great home for my children.

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November 20, 2007
The school has provide an enviroment that children can thrive in. Intergrated art and music with core academics. The classes are set up so, if your child needs more help or more of a challenge it is available. Spanish is taught starting in the 1sr grade. In 3rd grade they pick the cello, violin,or viola for their music instrument. Art not only teaches the basics of drawing but introduces ancient cultures. Science is taught through projects and expreriments. Science Fairs,Music concerts, and a Shakesphere play are just some of the wonderful things going on in this school. The teachers and head of school are top notch. They have a true passion for teaching.

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Seacoast Charter School
13 Church St, Kingston, NH  03848
(603) 642-8400
Last modified Seacoast Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8
Seacoast Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top