The White Mountain State compares very favorably with the rest of the nation in education; New Hampshire ranks second overall in the country in Pre-K-12 education, and first in NAEP reading scores according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest survey.

New Hampshire’s best school district is Bedford School District, comprising six schools in Bedford, NH with a total enrollment of about 4,500 students. Bedford High School’s students continually meet a high standard of excellence, achieving a graduation rate of 97.4%, which is nine percentage points higher than the state average.

The second ranked school district in New Hampshire is SAU 70, which is an administrative unit comprising three separate districts in Hanover, Norwich, and Dresden. Serving students in Vermont, as well as New Hampshire, SAU 70 is the first interstate school district in the nation.

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District SAU 41, serving Hollis and Brookline, NH, ranks third. The district is one of the highest testing in the state, with 81% of students achieving proficiency in reading.

Fourth on the list is Oyster River Cooperative School District, based in Durham, NH and serving students from three different towns. Established in 194, Oyster RIver Cooperative School District is the oldest district of its type in the state.

Another cooperative district, SAU 67, fills out the top five. The district of four schools has a great reputation for exceeding statewide educational standards.

Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bedford School DistrictNew Hampshire
2SAU 70New Hampshire
3Hollis/Brookline Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
4Oyster River Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
5SAU 67New Hampshire
6Portsmouth School DistrictNew Hampshire
7Exeter Region Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
8Kearsarge Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
9Merrimack School DistrictNew Hampshire
10Moultonborough School DistrictNew Hampshire
11Mascoma Valley Reg School DistrictNew Hampshire
12Hopkinton School DistrictNew Hampshire
13Goffstown School DistrictNew Hampshire
14Milford School DistrictNew Hampshire
15Newmarket School DistrictNew Hampshire
16Governor Wentworth Reg School DistrictNew Hampshire
17Timberlane Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
18Epping School DistrictNew Hampshire
19Litchfield School DistrictNew Hampshire
20Mascenic Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
21Shaker Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
22Gorham Randolph Shelburne Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
23Dover School DistrictNew Hampshire
24Sunapee School DistrictNew Hampshire
25Newfound Area School DistrictNew Hampshire
26Merrimack Valley School DistrictNew Hampshire
27Sanborn Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
28Inter-Lakes School DistrictNew Hampshire
29White Mountain Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
30Lisbon Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
31Londonderry School DistrictNew Hampshire
32Contoocook Valley School DistrictNew Hampshire
33Keene School DistrictNew Hampshire
34Hudson School DistrictNew Hampshire
35Lincoln-Woodstock School DistrictNew Hampshire
36Concord School DistrictNew Hampshire
37Jaffrey-Rindge Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
38Pelham School DistrictNew Hampshire
39Lebanon School DistrictNew Hampshire
40Wilton-Lyndeboro School DistrictNew Hampshire
41Haverhill Cooperative School DistrictNew Hampshire
42Gilford School DistrictNew Hampshire
43Profile School DistrictNew Hampshire
44Salem School DistrictNew Hampshire
45Raymond School DistrictNew Hampshire
46Conway School DistrictNew Hampshire
47Littleton School DistrictNew Hampshire
48Fall Mountain Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
49Monadnock Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
50Nashua School DistrictNew Hampshire
51Rochester School DistrictNew Hampshire
52Pembroke School DistrictNew Hampshire
53Milton School DistrictNew Hampshire
54Colebrook School DistrictNew Hampshire
55Winnisquam Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
56Newport School DistrictNew Hampshire
57Farmington School DistrictNew Hampshire
58Hinsdale School DistrictNew Hampshire
59Northumberland School DistrictNew Hampshire
60Pittsfield School DistrictNew Hampshire
61Claremont School DistrictNew Hampshire
62Somersworth School DistrictNew Hampshire
63Franklin School DistrictNew Hampshire
64Hillsboro Deering Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
65Laconia School DistrictNew Hampshire
66Manchester School DistrictNew Hampshire
67Berlin School DistrictNew Hampshire

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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