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Somersworth High School

Public | 9-12 | 570 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 23, 2014

My oldest boy goes to SHS. I was told sorts of horror stories about this school. So far, my boy has been going for 2yrs and he is excelling in all classes. Thankful to the school teachers and aides who go the extra mile for their students. I look forward to my youngest going to SHS. Well done SHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

this school helps teens learn real-life education with its vocational center combined with regular high school classes. If a kid has a positive direction from their parents they will succeed even more at this school. They have implemented programs to help troubled kids learn Somersworth High implemented the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) a couple years back and it has done amazing things for the kids, school, test scores and overall morale in SHS. It seems many reviews are from a group of students who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions in school. High School is a time for a teen to learn responsibility before entering the work force or college. The school offers great programs for teens and those teens need to learn to make the correct choices in life. Being late for class is not the schools fault. Receiving a failing grade is not the schools fault. I graduated from this school and I know many other successful people that have as well including engineers, politicians, CEOs, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

This school is absolutely terrible. None of their systems make any sense at all... I had a A- for my quarter grade in Math, however, when I took my final I wasn't feeling well and happened to get a 58 causing me to receive an F. I know from experience at other schools that a final can't change an A to an F just from barely failing it. My English teacher is a joke. I wrote a stellar research paper for him citing my sources, correctly incorporating a quote, and checked about 5 times for spelling and grammatical errors. On this paper I received a 45. My teacher didn't explain to me at all what I did wrong, or what caused me to receive such a bad grade even when I personally approached him about it. If you're so much as 30 seconds late to class you get written up for it, and will get suspended after 3. I've learned more at my private elementary school than I ever have here. Please do not put any more poor souls into this education system and because of it now I'm not prepared for college nor do I have any idea how the real word is. This is an absolute horror show for a school, ask ANYBODY.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2011

I have attended most of my High School career in northern Vermont, where I believed I was getting an average education compared to most schools, but Somersworth High school has no right to be considered a school. The curriculum is atrocious and their scheduled day is ineffective. The students are going to come out of this school discouraged by life because of how they were taught here. When a teacher goes around demeaning a students working habits instead of giving them advice, it is discouraging, and when that student ends up completing a project that the teacher said they would not complete, and it is not only done but done PERFECTLY, they should not be petty and try to make the rest of their school year miserable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2011

So. My son is entering his Senior year at SHS. In the nearly 4 years that he has attended , I have NOT ONCE been contacted by any SHS staff for any reason. Good, bad, or ugly. Any communication between us as parents and any staff at this school has been made by us. My son is an average student. Which means that nobody cares. He isn't in enough academic trouble to merit any attention apparently. Although, he has all but failed math for the last 3 years. It is a very discouraging that the faculty really seems to not care. My 2 younger children will absolutely not attend SHS. Whether we live in Somersworth or not. Since there isn't any support or encouragement for parents to be involved, I am not sure where the breakdown is. Another little fact...when I contacted the school to look into my son possibly attending summer school, my efforts were answered by an email rife with spelling and grammatical errors. From an English teacher. The place is laughable. Too bad if there are any decent teachers here. They are heavily outweighed by the terrible ones. Look into charter schools and private schools before you send your teen here. We had no clue how bad it was. Learn from our mistakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

This is the first year I have ever gone to a public school. My experience in this school has been terrible. The teachers here coddle all the students and just make everything easier for them. The curriculum is unbelievably easy. The staff don't encourage doing your best as you have to go at the pace of the slowest kid at the school, and thats very slow. I would discourage the idea of attending this school at all as you or your kids IQ may decrease.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2009

My experience at this school was terrible. The administration did not know what they were doing, they teachers were inconsistent and the math wing was by far the worst. They switched systems and many times during the process forced people to retake classes they had already done. They did not properly acknowledge or deal with my situation of having moved to the school with an incomplete freshman year at my previous school and simply forced me to retake all of the classes. This is by far the worst school I have ever attended. It has a few shining teachers and classes like Philosophy and the now retired Mr.Pappas, along with a one-shot math teacher named Mr.LaPierre. With the only two good teaching experiences I had at the school gone, what is truly left?
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2009

My grand children enjoy the school one grand daughter is a diabetic and they are 100% assisting her and makeing sure she isn't harassed by anyone shes allowed to join any of the sports annd clubs with all involved taught what to look for in a diabetic person


Posted December 1, 2008

Somersworth high school may not be as bad as people say it is, but it is deffinately not the best school around. I love somersworth because i grew up here, but then again i hate it because the students here are more like prisoners than students. Also, if a child gets an ISS (in school suspention) the child is eligable to be sent to the somersworth group home as a punishment. Some of the students get these ISS's for leaving the building so why just send them out of the building the next day. It is the schools responsibility to take care of their students. It's not the responsibility of the group home. There is alot of semi-unfair practice here at SHS, but for the most part I guess it's an ok school. I personaly don't get all the help i need in school, but that doesn't mean your child wont.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

i go to the high school here in somersworth and its not all that great. The teachers can be selfish at times and not care about the students needs but that's just an opionun. When people say that Somersworth is a bad place, it's not the worst but then again not the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2008

The very worst academic program and some of the bottom of the barrel teachers. Some teachers are outstanding and I hope they find a better system but again, hope they remain to help the kids who deserve the help. Nothing but a juv. detention when my children attended. Negative star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Somersworth is a great place to go to high school, however the new administration could loosen up a little bit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2007

This school just pushes students through high school, we dont learn anything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2005

I am a graduate of SHS and currently have one child enrolled and have another entering next school year. I have concerns about the growing drop out rate and what the school is doing to prevent this from becomming a huge problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

Somersworth high school is the best school I have been to and I have been to 5.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 33% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 54% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
37%
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

Math

All Students20%
Female14%
Male27%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability25%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English20%
Not migrant20%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male66%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability20%
Without educational disability84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant71%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female62%
Male49%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability12%
Without educational disability67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant56%
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 90% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 4%
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 33%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11 Memorial Dr
Somersworth, NH 03878
Phone: (603) 692-2431

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