atkinson/plaistow (Nashua, Derry, Londonderry: theater, school district, property taxes)
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We are def moving to NH. It looks as though we are trying to stay east of Nashua. Although I have recently discovered Hollis for our move. My husband also liked Hampstead on a recent visit, but the size of Pinkerton Academy really has me concerned. Our daughter is fairly quiet and shy, but she does play an instrument and she also plays soccer.
Anyway, are there any opinions about the Atkinson/Plaistow and their high school?
Timberlane district has a very good reputation in the area, and both Plaistow and Atkinson are nice places to live, each with an entirely different feel. BTW, Danville and Sandown also send their HS students to Timberlane, so if you're looking for more rural, those might be a consideration. Plaistow can get very busy and congested, to escape the traffic going to and from the many shopping centers and strip malls of varying size all along the 125 strip, including restaurants, etc, many people will use Rte 121A (Main Street) so that has become a busy road as well. Taxes have gone up tremendously, which is somewhat surprising with the amount of commercial development in that town. There seems to be 2 or 3 new buildings (or knock-down/rebuilds) every few months, and every food joint you can imagine... Lots of jobs for teenagers OTOH, only businesses in Atkinson are a couple of general stores along 121A, and some in-home businesses which don't generate a ton of traffic.
Pinkerton can be somewhat overwhelming for an incoming freshman, but they do a great job with orientations, etc. It has a much better music program, and also a theater and arts program as well. It's set up campus style, which, as the years go by, helps get the kids acclimated to campus life. Being an independent academy, Pinkerton is the high school for Derry, Hampstead and Chester (tuition paid via property taxes)
My daughter (entering 12th grade) is very shy and quiet, and I have to say that being in band has helped her in so many ways. Hopefully whichever school district/town you chose she stays involved with the music program...
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