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Old 08-09-2012, 06:34 PM
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As I mentioned before, we are going to be relocating to NH. We visited last weekend (loved it) and were able to see some of the area but not all. I have been researching high schools only (2 kids will be in high school when we move) and it looks like Oyster River is probably the best but the property taxes are so high. Seems like an okay trade off since we won't be paying state income tax but it would be nice to save that money. The areas we liked the most are North Hampton, Rye, Newington, Durham, Greenland, and Stratham. Of course these are in 4 different school systems...Winnacunnet HS, Portsmouth HS, Oyster River HS and Exeter.

I am open to hearing any personal opinions or better yet any personal experiences with these different high schools or any others that may be nearby. I have heard that Dover and Portsmouth have a "rough" crowd. What does this mean? Are there a lot of problems?


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Old 08-10-2012, 06:53 AM
Location: Florida
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I can't answer your question directly, but I can offer an opinion on an alternative course of action. We are considering a move back to NH. It's where I grew up. The areas you mention are mostly on our list as well. Schools are really important to us. We just began looking into low property tax areas and sending the kid to a private school. Your kids are only going to be in the school district for 4 years. It would be pretty expensive to saddle yourselves with high property taxes that last forever just to get 4 years of good schooling. In the long run, you would likely come out well ahead paying for a private school in a low tax area. Of course, some of those towns are also nice towns. There are other reasons to live there besides the schools.

Anyway, just throwing a different option out there. We've just started exploring this angle ourselves. Have no idea yet if this is the route we'll take if we move back there.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:19 PM
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Try Schooldigger.com

I'm not connected to the site and they have good info on most schools
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:35 PM
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I would search around those cities/towns as Exeter for example include Kingston, Stratham and few other towns and they may be more inexpensive in terms of real estate

No experience on any of the schools but many say Oyster is a great school along with Exeter. I would personally avoid high schools in Dover and Newmarket. I think Newmarket is either going to be forced to demolish or build a new school by 2014 if not come up ways to fix the building. It's falling apart basically.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:38 PM
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You're absolutely right about Newmarket. They are currently looking at the details of Open Space Bond funds to acquire land for a new school.

as far as Dover and Portsmouth go, they are bigger cities than the surrounding towns so they develop a reputation even if there was only one fight on school grounds. It doesn't take much to get a reputation for 'rough'.

Personally, I found the overcrowded private Pinkerton Academy in Derry to be the roughest school I've ever had experience with. The school is set up like a college campus and kids change buildings multiple times per day. This provides ample opportunity for an ambush by bullies on unsuspecting students. They are the largest school in the state and have the worst reputation for trouble.
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