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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Merrimack Valley High School is a public school located in Penacook, NH. It has 845 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
About Merrimack Valley High School...
Address
106 Village St.
Penacook, NH 03303
Telephone
(603) 753-4311

Merrimack Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1110
120 responses
Average ACT
27
10 responses
AP Enrollment
6%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$57,566
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$991
National
$949
Median Home Value
$204,600
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
50%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Winter Carnival week/Pep Rallies
    42%
  • Unified Basketball Games
    16%
  • Homecoming Football games
    13%
  • Musicals
    13%
  • Senior Nights (sports)
    13%
  • Watching the school plays
    3%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
845
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,600
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.4%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,785/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Merrimack Valley High School Reviews

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The after school activities that Merrimack Valley High School offers are very diverse. They offer everything from key club to french honor society. We have Football, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross country, golf, and equestrian. MVHS even offers Bass fishing! The clubs such as student council are very active in our school and very open to accepting members. Basically every club is accepting, the only time someone is not allowed in an after school activity is usually sports coaches making cuts or the student having bad grades. But even the coaches rarely make cuts because they want everyone to be able to play. I think the level of commitment for sports is higher than for the clubs simply because there are less consequences for missing club meetings than sports practices. However, there are so many dedicated students that it doesn't seem like a problem when one may skip.
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While most of the teachers seemed to be invested in their students and teaching, my overall experience was impacted more by the social environment of the school than it was by my education gained from it. Communication was very hard sometimes, a lot of the time serious issues were ignored, or when they were talked about, they were glossed over in a short or unhelpful message. This often led to confusion or students getting upset about the school's way of treating things.
I think Merrimack Valley is an okay school, but the challenges they offer are slim to none and if they are offered you have to jump through multiple hoops to even start the process. We dump all of our money into our sports and teams that never really win, meanwhile some girl got into Nationals for music and our music program is still being cut. It seems like they don't know how to cater to the correct departments.