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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Merrimack High School is an above average, public school located in Merrimack, NH. It has 1,206 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Merrimack High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1180
294 responses
Average ACT
29
34 responses
AP Enrollment
13%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$62,880
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,414
National
$949
Median Home Value
$166,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
  • Class Color Day
    24%
  • Challenge Day
    18%
  • MR.MHS
    15%
  • Sporting events
    12%
  • Band
    9%
  • FIRST ROBOTICS
    6%
  • GSA
    6%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,206
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,799
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$18,425/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Being is high school is always going to stink, but in Merrimack you realize you could have had it so so much worse. We have great teachers, good resources, other staff members are like family, and everyone just wants to help you. The kids there are nice, nothing crazy. A very safe place, nothing really happens!
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The high school offers a lot of diverse educational opportunities for students -- in addition to traditional academic courses, they offer gifted programs, engine repair, Woodworking, Robotics, Computer Coding, and an AP Art Program to name a few (to include building a portfolio for college). We have been really impressed with their special needs program--our daughter has an aide in each class that specializes in that subject vs just a general education aide. The support has made here extremely successful in school.

There are also a ridiculous number of clubs to join--a little something for everyone. If there is a club that does not exist, students are allowed to pitch their idea to have the club created.
The school severely mismanages what few resources it has. The arts and engineering departments consistently produce talented graduates that earn national awards and go on to the best colleges (in spite of the school). Most of the money goes towards the failing sports teams rather than learning. We also have a reasonably large guidance department, but it also simply acts as a drain of resources, since it provides no emotional support to students and pitiful college guidance. The vast majority of even the top students in each class go on to state schools, and while there is nothing wrong with this, this is anomalous compared to nearby high schools. With even minimally competent college guidance, many of these students could excel and go on to more competitive schools (that would leave them in less debt, since New Hampshire public colleges are some of the priciest in the US.) MV has a lot of promise and a lot of good people, but they are placed into a system that does not value them.