NH Private Schools


This is the only Christian boarding school for high school students in New England, according to the school's president, Leon Moody. The academy takes a disciplined approach to education.

Of the 140 students, about 95 are in junior and senior high school. The rest attend kindergarten to grade 6. About 40 are residents.

Eighty percent of the students go to college. The academy has 16 full-time and three part-time teachers.

For information, 563-8505. http://www.dublinchristian.org/


The school, with 146 boarding and day students, promotes self-reliance and self-confidence in a small, structured community. Students achieve success through mentoring, strong academic, art and athletic programs. The school's mission statement is, "we strive to awaken curiosity for knowledge and a passion for learning."

English as a second language, independent study options and extracurricular activities are offered. New additions are therapeutic writing, equestrian club at the Pony Farm and crew.

A new 24-student residential hall opened in January 2002. Boarding tuition is $31,500; day tuition is $19,700. Thirty-four percent of the students receive financial assistance. For information, 563-8584 or www.dublinschool.org


This boarding school for boys, grades 4-12, has a 25-student capacity and 18 full-time faculty members. Most students are 10 to 15 years old, but they may continue through high school. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The school's program is designed for students who need more structure, attention and individual guidance than is available at larger schools.

Students come from throughout the United States and are referred by other schools, educational consultants and families. The school teaches a traditional education. Students live in small, family-style dorms and participate in a variety of outdoor and cultural activities. The 1,700-acre campus features lakes, woods and streams. Tuition is $45,500. For information, 899-3325. hampshirecountryschool.org/


This coeducational college-preparatory school enrolls 120 students, both day and boarding students, in grades 9-12. The school has a 25-member faculty.

The principles of a Waldorf curriculum are followed, fostering students' intellects and imaginations. The academic program in addition to the regular curriculum includes Spanish, French, German, digital arts and numerous arts including drama, music, drawing, painting, pottery, weaving, woodworking and batik. The school has both a horticulture and naturalist program.

Students may participate in interscholastic sports and an international exchange program with other Waldorf schools around the world.

Tuition is $25,400 for day students; $39,500 for five-day boarding students; $42,100 for seven-day boarding students. For information, 654-2391, extension 103, or www.highmowing.org


Students are grouped together like a natural family, with ages ranging from 3 to 6 years. The mixed ages provide a range of social interplay and an opportunity to learn from experiences with and observations of each other.

The school is structured as a successive three-year experience. The final year gives the child a unique sense of responsibility as he or she is able to assist younger children, thereby enhancing a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Teachers observe each child as an individual and then attempt to provide learning materials attuned to each child's sensitive periods. The Montessori environment encourages the child to be an active explorer of the world, both inside and outside. Children are given the opportunity to further develop their coordination, independence and ability to focus.

The school has three preschool classes from 9 a.m. to noon and a kindergarten class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before-school and after-school child care is available from 7:45 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5:15 p.m.

The school has several tuition categories.For a tuition schedule, please contact Sarah MacDonald, Director, at 352-4052 or www.keenemontessorischool.org


The school, founded in 1813, aims "to discover with each student the right path to academic mastery, to creativity, and to responsibility." About 306 students, with 210 boarders, attend the coeducational school, which offers a college preparatory curriculum and strong arts, sports and environmental programs.

Average class size is 12 with a 6-to-1 student-teacher ratio. Fifteen advanced placement courses are offered. Four days each week the school's faculty members are available during an extended lunchtime to offer individual instruction to students who want it.

The school's athletic program offers participation for all students, and the school's environmental science program uses an 750-acre satellite campus on Snow Mountain.

The 1,500-acre main campus features the Flickinger Arts Center and the Whittemore Athletic Center, which contains the Akerstrom Ice Arena. The school recently completed construction on two buildings: a dining hall and an environmental science center. A new fitness center opened in January 2002.

Tuition is $44,970 for boarding students and $28,850 for day students. For information, 469-2100 or www.kua.org


This nonprofit cooperative school for grades 1-8 offers multi age classrooms, a teacher-student ratio of 12-to-1, and individual attention. Mentor relationships between older and younger students are encouraged and provide opportunities for creative group activities. Multiple intelligences are encouraged.

The school has four state certified teachers and four special teachers for art, Spanish, music and physical education for all ages. The student population is 25 students, but the school can accommodate 36.

The school strongly encourages parent participation and volunteerism; there's an emphasis on student character development and involvement in community service. The school offers an extensive enrichment after-school program with piano lessons, quilting, archery, snowshoeing, art club and tennis club. The school also has a part-time and full-time early learning school, the Early Learning Center for ages 2-kindergarten.

Tuition is $5,500 per year for grades 1-8. For information, 525-9400.


This school follows a philosophy that a child's education cannot be separated from everyday life. The strong and varied curriculum challenges thinking, stirs feelings, and engages the will to work.

In the school's preschool program, gardens, woods, fields, and classrooms provide opportunity for daily work and play, weekly artistic activities and seasonal celebrations.

At the heart of the elementary curriculum is the main lesson. The curriculum unfolds in three-week blocks over the course of the school year. The school is led by its faculty.

High school students engage with a rich, diverse curriculum of subjects and activities designed to expand their knowledge, deepen their understanding of the world, and prepare them for life after high school.

The school has over 200 students in preschool to high school. The curriculum includes basic studies, foreign language, music and physical education.

Tuition assistance is available for all grades. Click here for more information.

Also available is a parent-child program for parents and their babies through age 3-1/2, led by an experienced teacher. The six-week program offers a sliding-fee scale and meets weekly from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. A snack is provided. Click here for detailed information about this program.

For further information on Waldorf education or Monadnock Waldorf School, call 603-357-4442 or visit the website monadnockwaldorfschool.org.


The Montessori Schoolhouse provides an education based in the Montessori method to approximately 55 area children. Children 18 months through 3 years attend a toddler program and 3 to 5 years attend the preschool.

Day care is available before and after programs, as well as during school vacation weeks. The Schoolhouse also runs a summer camp.

Tuition varies based upon number of days per week enrollment and length of day.

For further information and to arrange a visit contact Lisa Leblanc, the Administrative Director. 352-3301, mshocc@myfairpoint.net


This school offers an integrated day curriculum for its 65 students in grades 1-8 who study in a family-farm setting, with all ages learning together. Tuition is $5,300 for grades 1-6 and $5,500 for grades 7 and 8. A program for 9th-graders is available. For information, 563-8170.


ORCHARD SCHOOL, East Alstead, N.H.

Founded in 1990, The Orchard School is a nonprofit education center offering preschool, kindergarten, extended care, summer camp, and other community programs throughout the year.

The school is dedicated to providing an inclusive and high-quality educational experience, family support, and serving as a meeting place for the community. Its mission is to be an accessible place of learning that nurtures a sense of community, respect for individual differences, the land, lifelong learning, and a connection between the cultural life of our rural community and that of the world beyond. We value children and adults treating each other and our environment with respect, trust, kindness, inclusiveness, empathy, caring, and stewardship.

Nestled at edge of an organic farm and apple orchard in E. Alstead, NH, the school is fortunate to have access to acres of woods, fields, a pond, and the orchard for daily exploration and play. The curriculum is inspired by the beautiful rural setting and most importantly, by the children. Children are viewed as strong, capable, and competent. For this reason, we let their interests and knowledge guide us, fostering confidence and ownership in the curriculum. Projects are flexible and follow the rhythms of each classroom. Many of our projects reflect the culture of our school such as the lantern walk and harvest festival, with a goal of fostering stewardship for our environment and passion for our community. The safe and predictable flow of the day gives children freedom, space, and choice.

The school offers part-day and full-day preschool and kindergarten for children ages 2.5 – 6 years. An extended care program offers childcare beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:30pm. After-school care for school-age children is also available. In addition to regular school-year programming, a summer camp program is offered for children ages 3-14. Weekly summer camp themes include art, music, nature discovery, and more.

The Orchard School is a Monadnock United Way agency. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, call 835-2495 or visit our website at www.theorchardschool.org


This nursery-to-8th grade school, one of more than 600 Waldorf schools worldwide, offers a multifaceted program of integrated academic, artistic and practical activities. The school holds a unique view of child development and offers a curriculum designed to encourage development of character and intellect.

The school's vigorous academic program is integrated with two foreign languages, music, arts, physical activities, drama and crafts.

Established in 1972, the school has an enrollment of 232 students and a faculty of 32. The school welcomes active parent participation.

Tuition is $6,430 for three full-days a week of nursery school; $9,520 for four full-days of kindergarten; $11,305 for five full-days of kindergarten and $12,160 for grades 1-8. Half-day nursery and kindergarten are also available. For information, 654-6003 or www.pinehill.org


This school is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Churches in Keene, Brattleboro and Drewsville. Most students' families belong to one of these churches. The school is open to students of any religion with the understanding that there are Bible classes and that the school follows a Christian point of view.

David Knott is principal of the school, which follows a Bible-oriented curriculum with an emphasis on character training. One teacher and a teaching assistant instruct 19 students in grades 1-8. Five high school students, with the capacity for 10, supervised by volunteer parents, participate in a video conferencing school run by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Florida. Some high school students attend Pine Tree Academy, an Adventist school in Freeport, Maine.

Within the structured atmosphere, students are expected to follow rules of the church and the school. All students must sign statements promising to adhere to the policies outlined in the school's handbook.

Annual tuition is $1,500 for grades 1-8, and $3,700 for grades 9-12. For information, 399-4803 or 835-2111.


This Catholic coeducational day school has 140 students in preschool to grade 8. It operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester and is affiliated with area Catholic Churches – The Parish of the Holy Spirit and Mary Queen of Peace Parish.

School principal is Sister Laura Della Santa, R.S.M. The faculty comprises 11 full-time and four part-time teachers. The Saint Joseph School community of parents, teachers and students share a common vision, formed by the message of the Gospel, which affirms the values of high academic standards, responsibility, service, community and worship. The school is child-centered and committed to the ministry of education, including spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.

Catholic and all denominations of students are welcome and enrolled at the school.

Specialized curricula includes French (Gr. 5-8), Spanish (Pre K-Gr. 4), Art, PE, band and music instruction. The school also has theater and sports programs and a variety of clubs.

Tuition for grades K-8 for Catholics who are active members of their parish is $4,164 and $5,753 for regular tuition students. Payment may be made monthly or yearly. There is a 3 percent discount for one-time payment in full by July 15th , and a discount for multiple children from a family. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Our Preschool Program is $4,635 per session - $421/mo. for 11 months for five full days from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and $3,460 per session - $315/mo. For 11 months for five half days from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For information, please call 352-2720 or www.stjosephkeene.org

The school offers before-and-after-school child care, which begins at 6:45-8:30 a.m. and 2:45- 5:30 p.m., at $3.85/hr. for students not enrolled at our school, and $3.60/hr. for students enrolled at Saint Joseph Regional School. Our Child Care Program is open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during most SJRS snow days, school vacations and summer vacation. For information, 352-2720 or www.stjosephkeene.org


This school on 70 Main St., has 165 students from kindergarten to grade 8. It is affiliated with St. Patrick Catholic Church in Jaffrey and is assisted by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic religious order. Admission is open to anyone.

The faculty includes 15 full-time lay teachers and three aides. Classes have between 18 and 25 students. The school offers a traditional curriculum, including language, art, music, computer courses and Spanish for grades K-8.

For Catholic church members, tuition is $2,460. For nonchurch members it's $3,240. A family plan available. These tuition figures apply to all grades, including the all-day (9 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.) kindergarten. For information, 532-7676.


Founded in 1845, this school for students in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year enrolls 126 boarding and 63 day students. The school has a college preparatory curriculum, an average class size of 10, a 6-to-1 student-teacher ratio and honors and advanced placement courses in every discipline.

The school fosters student participation in athletics, arts, community service, leadership and the outdoors. The school's environment fosters development of self-esteem, character and leadership.

Among the school's facilities are an indoor hockey rink, the Helene Grant Daly Creative Art Center and Hamilton Theater. The gymnasium has undergone a $2.7 million renovation and addition. A nearby attraction to the school is Gunstock Ski Area.

Tuition is $17,300 for day students and $29,900 for boarders. James R. Clements is head of the school. For more information, contact Jonathan Rand, director of admissions, 286-1733 or www.tiltonschool.org


This school, which is in its fifth year, has 60 students in grades 5 through 12. The teaching staff includes seven full-time and five part-time teachers. The typical college preparatory program has course offerings that integrate the Bible. Additional classes include drama, art, music, cooking, foreign languages, and physical education. Students come from public, private and home education backgrounds.

Tuition is $3,100 for grades 5-8 and $3,400 for grades 9-12. The director is Beth F. Beaudin. For information, 924-571.



Trinity Christian School began as a preschool in 1955 and was located at Trinity Lutheran Church on 28 Arch St. Kindergarten was added in 1995 and in 1998 the school expanded to include elementary classes through grade 5. Next year the school will expand into the middle school grades.

The new 14,500 square foot building completed in 2001 houses spacious classrooms and a full-sized gymnasium. A newly completed soccer field will be ready for extracurricular athletics next fall. Construction on phase 2, to house grades 5 through 8, began Nov. 11.

Trinity Christian School offers a solid curriculum that exceeds requirements set by the state of New Hampshire. Core curriculum (language arts, social studies, math, science) is enhanced by classes in art, music and physical education.

Christian teaching is provided through daily Bible study, weekly schoolwide chapel and biblically integrated curriculum.

Transportation is available for Keene School District residents. All teachers are state-certified.

Trinity Christian School has a before and after care program. Parents may drop off their children at 6:45 a.m. for the 8:45 a.m. school opening. After school care for students begins at 3 p.m. and continues to 6 p.m. The hourly fee for the program is $4 an hour.

Preschool registration is $75. Tuition for two days preschool is $60 a month, $90 a three days a month and for $150 for five days a month.

Tuition for kindergarten through grade 5 is $2,900 per year. Tuition discounts are available for multiple students from one family. Parents may apply for student aid. For information, 352-9403 or trinitylutherankeene.org


Incorporated in 1974, the Walpole Village School is a non-profit educational institution offering preschool, pre-kindergarten, and after-school enrichment programs. Its child-centered program strives to achieve a balance between offering new experiences and incorporating students’ interests and abilities. Built on a strong foundation of social skills, the goal of the school’s curriculum is to foster respect and compassion in a child’s decision-making processes.

At the Walpole Village School we provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn and socialize. We provide guidance to allow children to make kind, respectful choices in their school community. Children are challenged to explore the classroom space through a variety of age appropriate themed activities. We encourage our children and families to work cooperative with each other, the school, the community, and the environment to have a positive impact in the world.

For more information please call 603-756-4246 or SchoolInfo@WalpoleVillageSchool.org or check them out on the web at www.walpolevillageschool.org


THE WELL SCHOOL, Peterborough, N.H.

This coeducational day school has 77 students in grades prekindergarten-8th grade with students coming from a number of surrounding towns. Established in 1967, the school is on a 50-acre rural campus, which includes three primary buildings incorporating theater arts, science and computer labs, an art room and a library, in addition to basic classrooms.

There are extensive woods and trails for hiking and environmental science, two soccer fields, a pond and a barn with goats and chickens.

The student to teacher ratio is 4-to-1. None of the classes has more than 12 students. Music, sports and drama are available to all. Development of the whole child as a responsible member of the community is a key focus of the school.

Tuition is $3,200 for half-day prekindergarten; $4,600 for full-day prekindergarten; $5,750 for full-day kindergarten, $7,360 for grades 1-4 and $8,800 for grades 5-8. An extended day program is offered from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for $5 an hour.

Akhil Garland is director. For information, call 924-6908 or www.wellschool.org