In 1964, Hanover, New Hampshire, and Norwich, Vermont, created the nation's first interstate school district with the formation of the Dresden1 School District for grades 7 through 12. Hanover and Norwich have retained their respective elementary school districts, and Hanover sends its 6th grade students to the Richmond Middle School. New Hampshire School Administrative Unit (SAU) 70 provides financial and administrative support for three component school districts:
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The Ray School was recognized as an Exemplary Schools Attuned site by All Kinds of Minds, and has received the Blue Ribbon Award from New Hampshire Partners in Education for its school volunteer program for a record 21 straight years.
A wonderful example is the Integrated Arts Program, which offers classroom teachers the opportunity to collaborate with the school's arts teachers. By planning and working together, teachers implement lessons using music, visual art, dance and/or drama to enhance classroom curricula beyond what is typically possible. By sharing teaching expertise, this program offers a way for children to deepen their understanding of a particular concept and reaches many kinds of learners.
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Founded as the Norwich Public School, the School was renamed in honor of Marion Cross, who over the course of 40 years was both a teacher and principal until she retired in 1973.
Marion Cross is fortunate to have an active PTO that brings parents into the life of the school. It works closely with teachers to enrich our curriculum and expand educational opportunities for all students. Examples of this include their contributions to our active service-learning program, environmental education and promotion of the arts.
Parents and teachers also support our belief that all students can learn, any subject, any amount. We succeed due to inclusive and differentiated instruction in all grades, and by offering specialized courses in French, art, music, physical education, technology and library skills.
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The Richmond Middle School (RMS) embraces the task of bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood, from dependence to independence, and from understanding the world in a simple and concrete manner to comprehending its nuanced complexity.
Hanover High School (HHS) is a comprehensive public high school with a broad range of offerings in English, math, social studies, languages, science and technology, in addition to an array of courses in the fine and applied arts.
In 2009, Business Week listed HHS as one of "America's Best High Schools" with the "Best Overall Academic Performance" in New Hampshire and a "GreatSchools" rating of 10/10. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and more than 95% of students are accepted to or plan to attend post-secondary education programs.
The curriculum and policies at HHS emphasize individual student responsibilities and freedoms. For example, off-campus privileges are widely available, and seniors often elect to design and complete an independent study project that academically explores a personal interest. With the Dartmouth campus within easy walking distance, students may take courses at the College when they have exhausted the high school's offerings. Students returning from college often point to these experiences as reasons for their ready adjustment to and success at college.
The academic atmosphere at HHS is student-centric, a philosophy reflected in the establishment of a council of students, faculty and community members whose governing power extends in many areas beyond that of even the school principal. The Council has the authority to act on all matters not controlled by school board policy, state policy, administrative regulations established by the Superintendent of the Schools, and rules and regulations published in the Student Handbook — a publication that is reviewed and approved each spring by the Council and the administration.
HHS's physical-education program enjoys an extensive ropes course (one of the largest in New England) and climbing wall, and athletics are a major component of the student culture. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross-country running, cross-country skiing, crew, field hockey, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, ski jumping, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. HHS is one of the few public schools in New Hampshire to have a crew team. Recognized as one of the top public school rowing programs in the state, it is the most popular sport with one in every six students participating.
In addition, the school boasts a large number of music ensembles, publications, community service organizations, official and student-organized drama groups, and a quiz bowl team that in recent years has won both NH and VT state championships.
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