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Old 10-11-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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Default Exeter -vs- Portsmouth

Hi all,

I grew-up in Peterborough, but have lived away since 1989. We plan to move back to New Hampshire next year, and are looking at both Exeter & Portsmouth. Both are VERY walkable, which is important to us, and seem similar in size, etc. We're leaning towards Exeter at the moment because my memory of it is that it's a bit smaller, and quieter in a good way.

Any advice, feedback, or thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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Exeter is definitely smaller. The downtown is very cute and walkable but tiny compared to downtown Portsmouth (which isn't exactly NYC, but is bustling by NH standards.) Both are really nice. To me, Portsmouth seems to have a lot more going on - restaurants, film festival, ocean views, great historic architecture. I would visit both and see which you like!
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the reply!

Thanks for the insight ... what about the schools? Exeter seems to have a good reputation, but there's also been some controversy lately. Are Portsmouth schools similarly good?
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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I think Exeter schools are rated higher, if for no other reason than that Exeter doesn't have the socio-economic diversity you find in a city, which tends to bring scores down. It also has the private boarding/day school Philips Exeter Academy, which attracts a lot of brainpower. I've always heard that the public school was considered solid but not stellar.

Greatschools.net Search: portsmouth

In terms of best public school systems on the Seacoast, New Castle and Hampton Falls are really highly rated through middle school but then go to less highly rated high schools. York, ME has a really highly rated school system all the way through and is just a few minutes from Portsmouth.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:35 PM
 
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Thanks for the insight ... what about the schools? Exeter seems to have a good reputation, but there's also been some controversy lately. Are Portsmouth schools similarly good?
I'm reading through this thread with interest and gratitude for any insights I can gather.

I'm not privy to enough information to be able to read between the lines with regard to Bastasia's point about recent controversy in the Exeter schools.

Can anyone elaborate?
I'm getting the idea that Exeter schools might be good, but the message is mixed.

Thanks!
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