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New Hampshire is one of the 13 colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence and helped bring the United States into existence. Despite its small size and population, New Hampshire has delivered larger than life comedic personalities including Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers, and Sarah Silverman.

Dresden School District is an historic district in an historic state. This district is the nation’s first interstate district, serving both students in Hanover, NH as well as those in Norwich, VT. Students in this district can immerse themselves in America’s rich history through a partnership with The Norwich Historical Society.

Second on the list is Sunapee School District located in the town of Sunapee and surrounding area. This district is proud to claim a 95% graduation rate, well above the state average. Students also outperform both state and national averages when it comes to SAT scores.

Portsmouth School District in Rockingham County takes 3rd on the list. With an emphasis on academic excellence, this district has been able to achieve manageable class sizes averaging just 18.8 students with an impressive 11 to 1 student to teacher ratio. The recent graduating class saw a 97% graduation rate with over 80% of graduates attending college.

In 4th place is Oyster River Cooperative School District, serving the communities of Durham, Lee, and Madbury. This district exceeds state and national SAT score averages in all categories and maintains reasonably small class sizes for students to engage with teachers more effectively.

Finally, rounding out the list is Bedford School District. Located in Hillsborough County, Bedford School District emphasizes technology, with 1-to-1 iPad distribution amongst students. All students and teachers are provided with iPads to better enable learning, development, and collaboration.

Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Dresden School DistrictGrafton CountyHanoverNew Hampshire
2Sunapee School DistrictSullivan CountySunapeeNew Hampshire
3Portsmouth School DistrictRockingham CountyPortsmouthNew Hampshire
4Oyster River Coop School DistrictStrafford CountyDurhamNew Hampshire
5Bedford School DistrictHillsborough CountyBedfordNew Hampshire
6Souhegan Cooperative School DistrictHillsborough CountyAmherstNew Hampshire
7Lebanon School DistrictGrafton CountyWest LebanonNew Hampshire
8Windham School DistrictRockingham CountyWindhamNew Hampshire
9Moultonborough School DistrictCarroll CountyMoultonboroughNew Hampshire
10Bow School DistrictMerrimack CountyBowNew Hampshire
11Hopkinton School DistrictMerrimack CountyContoocookNew Hampshire
12Hollis/Brookline Coop School DistrictHillsborough CountyHollisNew Hampshire
13Winnacunnet Coop School DistrictRockingham CountyHamptonNew Hampshire
14Gilford School DistrictBelknap CountyGilfordNew Hampshire
15Rivendell Interstate School DistrictGrafton CountyOrfordNew Hampshire
16Kearsarge Regional School DistrictMerrimack CountyNew LondonNew Hampshire
17Salem School DistrictRockingham CountySalemNew Hampshire
18Keene School DistrictCheshire CountyKeeneNew Hampshire
19Exeter Region Coop School DistrictRockingham CountyExeterNew Hampshire
20Timberlane Regional School DistrictRockingham CountyPlaistowNew Hampshire
21Profile School DistrictGrafton CountyLittletonNew Hampshire
22Litchfield School DistrictHillsborough CountyLitchfieldNew Hampshire
23Inter-lakes School DistrictBelknap CountyMeredithNew Hampshire
24Pemi-baker Regional School DistrictGrafton CountyPlymouthNew Hampshire
25Conway School DistrictCarroll CountyConwayNew Hampshire


The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.

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