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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Merrimack Valley School District is a public school district located in Penacook, NH. It has 2,410 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
105 Community Dr.
Penacook, NH 03303

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Middle Schools in Merrimack Valley School District

High Schools in Merrimack Valley School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1110
164 responses
Average ACT
27
12 responses

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,410
Free or Reduced Lunch
26.2%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,580
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,827/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$62,967
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,052
National
$949
Median Home Value
$218,600
National
$184,700

Merrimack Valley School District Reviews

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My experience at Merrimack Valley High school was a very eventful four years. My freshman year I fit in fine and made a lot of friends that I am still friends with now. The school is only filled with about 900 kids so it can be easy to know all your teachers and kids in the school. It is a small school with a large sense of community with the people around. One of the problems with it being a small school is the lack of diversity with many of the kids in the school district being white. Another main problem is there seems to be a large miscommunication between the teachers and guidance and the office. Many teachers being frustrated not being told things by the administration or the groups just not working together. Sports are fun but there is a lack of school spirit when it comes to some to the smaller sports and after school clubs, with there not being that many. But all around it is a good school and a wonderful place for a kid to grow up.
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I have been in this district sine kindergarden and I have never really had an issue with it. I do think that the administration needs to work on staying in communication at the right time. There have been many instances where a student or teacher will reach out and they will not get a response, or an administrator will know of something and will fail to inform the school(s). I think that they do a wonderful job at incorporating different aspects of society, but do a poor job of opening its doors to new ideas or sociatal changes (ie LGBTQ+ community, members of different races, etc.). They tend to look more at the dollar sign than what is best for the students. They also spend more time on sports and are overshadowing many other aspects of the school curriculum, mainly music and arts.
The staff is great! Everyone at this school is dedicated to a positive, post high school, and after high school education for college students. They have many courses that are required for graduation as well as courses offered online that I was able to take that were of interest to me.