Our family loves North Hampton School! There is a low student-teacher ratio, extremely qualified and dedicated staff, lots of individual attention and enrichment (like a ropes course behind the school!) Eighth graders leave the school not only kind, well-adjusted and civic-minded, but high achievers who graduate in the top of their class at our regional high school or get accepted to the nation's best private schools if they choose to apply. Standards and benchmarks used by the school were developed using national and state standards, and the school is continually examining the best ways to teach and meet these standards. Subject areas may be integrated in thematic units to cover more material and to make learning more 'real' to students. There is much 'applied' learning and project work. The school's service learning program for 6th through 8th grade is one of the best in the region. (See this example: http://www.lighthousekids.com/) There is much school spirit and community feeling among students, but not always among the parents.
What an incredible school! I have two children who graduated from this K-8 school. They went on to have incredible high school experiences because of the wonderful start from North Hampton School. I have two children currently at NHS. The teachers are nurturing and caring, while meeting my children's academic and emotional needs. The principal is a true leader, committed to doing what is best for children at every turn.
We came to the North Hampton School having experienced two other top-rated districts and have been overwhelmingly pleased with the level of professionalism and overall quest for excellence that we have observed at the school. We are thrilled with the individual attention our children receive in classrooms with 1:11 and 1:16 ratios (our friends still in the other districts are green with envy). We have never experienced a more dedicated staff - they are responsive, enthusiastic, communicative and eager to try new ways of reaching kids to make learning meaningful. Recognizing that one style does not fit all, each of our children's teachers has gone out of their way to ensure that material is presented in such a way that our children come home excited about what they have learned and eager to absorb more. This is a very hands-on school: The teachers make the lesson plans come alive (our second grader has been learning about Shakespeare and can articulately relate his plays to modern times, and our older child has 'lived' in Greece and through medieval times) as well as tying in each discipline (i.e. art and music) to the core theme. In addition, the students perform community service, helping them to recognize that giving back plays a vital role in being part of a vibrant community. It is amazing that so many NHS graduates go on to excel at institutions of higher learning, but given the foundation and enthusiasm for lifelong learning that they receive at this school, it shouldn't really be surprising. Children live up or down to the expectations of their parents and their school. NHS sets a high bar, and the kids who want to excel, will.
The school needs more textbooks in the classrooms. The children are no longer taught the basics in the lower grades. Children no longer know how to spell, now that spelling test are not given. Many children are now being taken out of the school and sent to private schools!
North Hampton school's expectations are too low and the academics are lacking 'the basics'. Many of the skills are behind other public schools.
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