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Mount Royal Academy

Private | PK-12 | 190 students

MRA is a Catholic school providing an academically excellent classical education
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a rural neighborhood. The median home value is $367,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $827.

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Posted August 21, 2014

In response to the review posted on July 28th, I do apologize again for the apparent disorganization of the school. I am also very sorry that you feel as if the school is full of 'hypocritical' people. I do invite you to call the school. Please ask for Derek Tremblay, Headmaster Elect. As a classical school, we believe that instruction and content must be delivered in an age-appropriate manner. Students in grades 1-6 do not use technology therefore in the classroom. Teachers use technology to supplement lessons, but we think students need a solid academic foundations first. However, students in grades 7-12 do use technology in the classroom. Our staff is equipped to help students use various tools in order to both learn and illustrate their own knowledge (Google drive, Quizlet, EdPuzzle to name a few). We do have a technology policy that is based on appropriate use, and high school aged students are invited to use their own devices in school, so long as a faculty member grants them permission for academic use. And lastly, I myself have written at least 1 other review, and the previous Headmaster did write review. I can tell you that teachers were never told to write reviews
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 28, 2014

Very disorganized school full of very judgemental and hypocritical people. There are some very questionable moral standards. If you are in the "in" group, your children will be okay. Otherwise, expect very little. Technology is absent in this school. I love teaching values and morals to my children, but releasing students into a world unprepared technologically is ridiculous. I've read most the reviews on this site and it is evident that most are written by staff members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

This is a simply outstanding school community with a strong emphasis on authentic Catholic teaching and on supporting parents as primary educators. They allow children to work to their ability instead of requiring them to work at the same pace as their peers...for example, students in Kindergarten can work at a 1st grade reading / math level if they have advanced beyond the others...but kids who are struggling in any given area can get individual attention given small class sizes. They also open their doors to homeschooling parents to allow their kids to take any class they need - music, science, art (where labs / supplies can get expensive and cooperation is key). Truly a hidden gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Greatest school ever! My daughter loves it and so don't I. The teacher's genuinely care about their students and take the time to make sure each one succeeds. The staff is amazing and the Headmaster is the nicest person ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

Disorganized, constantly changing dates at the last minute. Populated by the multitude of teachers' children. Quality of work brought home by my children as well as items sent home written by teachers full of spelling and grammatical errors has made me cringe the last couple of years. Time to move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Our family moved to the area 4 years ago so that our kids could attend what we truly believe (after researching many) is the best Catholic school in the state of NH. We love the classical curriculum at MRA, and the authentic Catholic culture. Our kids have a quality education and are encouraged to stretch their minds every day. They are truly growing in all aspects of their being: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual. We are so thankful for all Mount Royal has given us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

Love it! Great academics in a great environment! My husband and I could not be happier with the quality of the education at Mount Royal. It is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

I have been working as the Headmaster at Mount Royal for the past three years. It truly is a beautiful school. Our enrollment has grown by 126% and we have just completed construction on the St. Joseph's Center which includes a new gym, science and computer labs, and a lunchroom. Also, construction on another brand new classroom building will begin in April. The curriculum is rigorous but students get the attention they need in a loving environment. IT is the only school I've worked at where the students don't want to go home at the end of the day! God Bless. David Thibault Headmaster
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2009

My child started attending Mount Royal last year. We were so pleased at the extra attention given, that we decided to send our daughter again this year. Each day she is driven and supported to do her very best. After all children reach to meet the expectations that are set for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

The best possible environment for growing 3 and 4 year old minds. Very educational yet a fun place for young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

pathetic. Not a school at all, but an attempt by rich trustees to soothe their weak sense of value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

I am currently attending Mount Royal Acadeny and have been for 5 years now. I find this school a great place to establish news friendships; learn at a high, challenging leval; and help make good decisions for the furture. There have been in the past and are now many great men and women on the faculty and staff here, who are always willing to encourge and push you to try new things. The school really has an atmosphere of a home and it is very comforting to know that there are people who care about how you are doing not just in your school work but also on a personal leval. Now I'm not saying that this school is perfect but I am saying that I would definately recommend it to anyone who is seaching for a great place to shape the minds of their children in the truth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2008

Mount Royal Academy is an awesome school! I've attended the school for 3 years and plan to graduate in the spring of 2009. MRA has a great atmosphere. The teachers are great role models and the student body has a lot of great leaders. It is almost like a family. The curriculum, although challenging, is fun (most of the time :-) ) and a lot of the discussions include topics that apply to your life. Overall MRA really builds you as a person. Over the past 3 years I have learned a lot, become more confident, and feel more prepared to go out on my own. Every school has its problems and its ups and downs, but overall MRA is a great school that I would reccommend to anyone who is looking for a good education and positive atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2007

I'm a teacher returning for a second year. I love the administration, the students and the parents. We're growing as a school, and its full of promise. The kids that have been here from the beginning are really smart and well-formed kids. All of the eigth graders tested with college-level reading skills. That is real progress and a good school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2006

I have had children in this school for 5 years now and I couldn't be happier with the education and moral development my daughters receive each day. They are both superlative readers with excellent comprehension and can do math in their heads! A lost art form! The students at MRA are such nice kids. The older students mentor the younger children in many ways - working on projects together and having 'reading buddies'. There is also an excellent outreach program which gets the students involved in helping charitable organizations outside of school. One of my favorite activities are holiday lunches the students organize at a senior center in the area. The students cook, decorate and serve food to the older residents - what a nice event crossing generations! Oh, and the school uniforms are divine - cute, easy to clean and never a debate about what to wear!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

Mt. Royal is actually a place full of gossip, and very small closed minds. Nothing ever gets done right. There is no character education here, just bickering and infighting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

We sent our children to Mount Royal for a number of years, inspired by a number of dedicated and devoted teachers. The teachers came and went, based on the whims of of whoever was in charge at any given point. When great elementary and high teachers left in the same year my husband and I called it quits. We'd had enough of the politics and the games. We were sick and tired of all the posturing and self-righteousness the school had become. This is not a good place, unfortunately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

I am a high school alumni of Mount Royal Academy. Mount Royal is excellent school that instills a sense of principled leadership, hardwork, and development of the whole person. I profited very much from my experience there as it enabled me to successfully prepare for college. Currently I attend the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, on a full four year Army ROTC scholarship. Much of this I attribute to the excellent education provided, an experienced and dedicated faculty, athletic sports, and extra curricular activities. The environment at Mount Royal allowed and helped me grow as a person, leader, and Christian. I highly recommend the high school education opportunity at Mount Royal and would be happy to answer any prospective students or parents questions.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 24, 2006

What a wonderful idea--a small, independent, Catholic school, based upon a classical model of education. What a shame--it is a truly good idea gone wrong. Headmaster and teachers are great. Just be wary of the Board of Trustees. Stay clear at all cost, if you can!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Hispanic 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Franciscan University
Ave Maria University
Norwich University
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Teacher resources

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Gardening teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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Reading specialist(s)
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • David Thibault
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (603) 763-5390

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Mount Royal recognizes each student’s dignity as a child of God, uniquely created with their own strengths, weaknesses and “calling”. Our curriculum is classical in that we appreciate the developmental stages of our students and use that understanding when making important curriculum decisions.
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No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Franciscan University
Ave Maria University
Norwich University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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26 Seven Hearths Ln
Sunapee, NH 03782
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Phone: (603) 763-9010

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