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Dresden School District and SAU 70

In 1964, Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont created the nation's first interstate school district with the formation of the Dresden* School District for grades 7 through 12. Hanover and Norwich have retained their respective elementary school districts, with Hanover sending its 6th grade students to the Richmond Middle School. New Hampshire School Administrative Unit (SAU) 70 provides financial and administrative support for three component school districts:

SAU organizational chart

* More than 200 years ago, the southwest corner of Hanover was known as Dresden, and in the 1780s joined a group of disgruntled New Hampshire towns in briefly defecting to the independent Republic of Vermont.

Bernice A. Ray Elementary School

Ray Elementary School

Established: 1970
Principal: Matt Laramie
Professional Staff: 42
Enrollment: 500
Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1

2010 NECAP Test Results
  • Reading: 93% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 77%)
  • Math: 89% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 66%)
  • Science: 86% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 54%)
Celebrating Japanese heritgage day
At Ray's Japanese festival

The Bernice A. Ray School welcomes all elementary-age children in Hanover, NH. The teachers and staff offer a balanced and challenging academic program, and a supportive atmosphere for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

The Ray School was recognized as an Exemplary Schools Attuned site by All Kinds of Minds, and has received the Blue Ribbon Award from New Hampshire Partners in Education for its school volunteer program for a record 21 straight years.

In addition to the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math, the Ray School strives to:
  • Provide a challenging educational program
  • Focus on the individual student
  • Foster the motivation to learn
  • Promote collaboration

A wonderful example is the Integrated Arts Program, which offers classroom teachers the opportunity to collaborate with the school's arts teachers. By planning and working together, teachers implement lessons using music, visual art, dance and/or drama to enhance classroom curricula beyond what is typically possible. By sharing teaching expertise, this program offers a way for children to deepen their understanding of a particular concept and reaches many kinds of learners.

Marion W. Cross Elementary School

Marion Cross School

Established: 1898
Principal: Linda Kelley
Professional Staff: 20
Enrollment: 305
Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1

2010 NECAP Test Results
  • Reading: 91% met or exceeded standards (VT state average = 72%)
  • Math: 87% met or exceeded standards (VT state average = 66%)
  • Science: 72% met or exceeded standards (VT state average = 52%)

Below, the mosaic decorating the lintel of Marion Cross's main entrance

Marion Cross sign

Founded as the Norwich Public School, the School was renamed in honor of Marion Cross, who over the course of 40 years was both a teacher and principal until she retired in 1973.

Marion Cross Elementary School serves children in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Located in Norwich, Vermont, we are proud of our 112-year tradition of educating children to prepare them for an ever-changing society.

Marion Cross hikers
Marion Cross hikers

Guided by our mission to promote educational excellence and foster a lifelong love of learning, Marion Cross partners with families and the Norwich community to develop responsible citizens with excellent knowledge, well developed skills, and strong character to help them live full and productive lives. Our curriculum emphasizes multiculturalism, global awareness and civic responsibility.

Marion Cross is fortunate to have an active PTO that brings parents into the life of the school. It works closely with teachers to enrich our curriculum and expand educational opportunities for all students. Examples of this include their contributions to our active service-learning program, environmental education and promotion of the arts.

Parents and teachers also support our belief that all students can learn, any subject, any amount. We succeed due to inclusive and differentiated instruction in all grades, and by offering specialized courses in French, art, music, physical education, technology and library skills.

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Richmond Middle School
Established: 1971
Principal: Jim Nourse
Professional Staff: 48
Enrollment: 425
Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1

2010 NECAP Test Results
  • Reading: 92% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 77%)
  • Math: 85% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 68%)
  • Science: 53% met or exceeded standards (NH state average = 27%)
brain models
6th graders' model brains

The Richmond Middle School (RMS) embraces the task of bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood, from dependence to independence, and from understanding the world in a simple and concrete manner to comprehending its nuanced complexity.

RMS is academically challenging with a strong commitment to the fine and practical arts, and has received two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program awards.

Students are given individualized academic attention, with a broad range of support services available outside the classroom. The base curriculum is greatly enhanced by a wide variety of electives in the fine and practical arts, including woodworking, photography, drama, food and nutrition, small-business operation, and a child development unit that involves direct experience and learning with preschoolers.

Hanover High School

Hanover High School
Established: 1888
Principal: Justin Campbell
Professional Staff: 89
Enrollment: 749
Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Hanover High School (HHS) is a comprehensive public high school with a broad range of offerings in English, math, social studies, languages, science and technology, in addition to an array of courses in the fine and applied arts.

In 2009, Business Week listed HHS as one of "America's Best High Schools" with the "Best Overall Academic Performance" in New Hampshire and a "GreatSchools" rating of 10/10. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and more than 95% of students are accepted to or plan to attend post-secondary education programs.

A crew team at HHS
A crew team at Hanover High

The curriculum and policies at HHS emphasize individual student responsibilities and freedoms. For example, off-campus privileges are widely available, and seniors often elect to design and complete an independent study project that academically explores a personal interest. With the Dartmouth campus within easy walking distance, students may take courses at the College when they have exhausted the high school's offerings. Students returning from college often point to these experiences as reasons for their ready adjustment to, and success at, college.

The academic atmosphere at HHS is student-centric, a philosophy reflected in the establishment of a council of students, faculty and community members whose governing power extends in many areas beyond that of even the school principal. The Council has the authority to act on all matters not controlled by school board policy, state policy, administrative regulations established by the Superintendent of the Schools, and rules and regulations published in the Student Handbook — a publication that is reviewed and approved each spring by the Council and the administration.

HHS orchestra and choral group
HHS orchestra and Footnotes choral group

HHS's physical-education program enjoys an extensive ropes course (one of the largest in New England) and climbing wall, and athletics are a major component of the student culture. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross-country running, cross-country skiing, crew, field hockey, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, ski jumping, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. HHS is one of the few public schools in New Hampshire to have a crew team. Recognized as one of the top public school rowing programs in the state, it is the most popular sport with one in every six students participating.

In addition, the school boasts a large number of music ensembles, publications, community service organizations, official and student-organized drama groups, and a quiz bowl team that in recent years has won both NH and VT state championships.

Link to information about the towns of Hanover and Norwich.

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