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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Portsmouth High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portsmouth, NH. It has 1,087 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
About Portsmouth High School...
Address
50 Andrew Jarvis Dr.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Telephone
(603) 436-7100

Portsmouth High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1230
301 responses
Average ACT
28
38 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$72,384
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Median Home Value
$373,000
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    25%
  • Pep rally
    19%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Senior blackout for the spirit week peprally
    15%
  • Talent show
    13%
  • Senior Prank
    8%
  • Football games
    2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,087
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,331
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.3%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$20,452/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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Portsmouth High School Reviews

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Portsmouth High School is filled with high academic achieving students, hard working jocks, and lots of school spirit. Every teacher at PHS is there to cheer you on and support your academic and athletic career. While I do think the guidance department could do a better job guiding their senior students onto their college path, overall the members of the guidance department are friendly and ready to help who ever is in need. The sports teams are excellent at PHS, our goal is a state championship and nothing will stop us from working our hardest to succeed. Overall I have had an unforgettable high school experience at PHS and am sad to be graduating this spring.
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Great atmosphere with tons of friendly students and staff!! I came in as a new student and instantly felt welcomed and a part of the family. As a freshman I joined a variety of clubs and activities so I made friends very quickly. For anyone nervous about entering Portsmouth High School, don't be! For a public school it is fantastic and most of the teachers have a real passion for helping students. Although I'm sure you could getter a better education at some private school, not many schools can match Portsmouth camaraderie.
Portsmouth High School provides a strong education and foundation for going into college. Teachers and counselors are very supportive and are helpful in preparing students for life after high school. At the same time, they promote independence and encourage students to build a strong work ethic.