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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Academy for Science & Design High School is a top rated, public, charter school located in Nashua, NH. It has 241 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
486 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063
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Academy for Science & Design High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1380
103 responses
Average ACT
33
41 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$73,022
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,235
National
$949
Median Home Value
$257,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Lock in
    36%
  • Dances
    25%
  • Fall Festival
    17%
  • School Spirit Week is a lot of fun each year
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    3%
  • Student Orientation
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
241
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Academy for Science & Design High School Reviews

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I started at the Academy for Science and Design at the beginning of 6th grade and will graduate from the school as a senior this year. I can confidently say that I enjoy many aspects of the school, whether it be the opportunity to take unique, high-level classes covering various subjects or being a part of a small yet bright community of motivated students. The school is smaller than your average public school, and we are more often than not affected by a lack of sufficient funding for charter schools. However, the overwhelming academic drive of both the students and teachers go above and beyond in compensating for its smaller size and amount of physical resources. Attending ASD has truly shown me the concept of making the best of what you are given, and I can confidently say that I will take the various academic and life skills I have learned from the school into the future with me.
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Love my school! Great opportunities and experiences, like internships and volunteering. My teachers go the extra mile to help me understand tough topics, and are extremely knowledgeable in their fields. The school has shaped me to be the person I am today.
The community here is one of the best groups of students and teachers I've ever encountered. We are a relatively small school, so you know everyone in your grade, and everyone knows you. Teachers are also on very personal levels with students and are genuinely interested in whether or not you understand the materials. I've never had a problem asking for help in or outside of class. The teachers and staff here are all also dedicated to what your goals and aspirations are for outside of school. I've had so much help applying for college, scholarships, and even jobs from the teachers and guidance counselors. The classes here are also amazing. You are definitely going to feel challenged, but driven to do well because of the amazing support system we have here.