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Schools in the Monadnock Region

Higher Education

Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431-3516

A pioneer in adult education, Antioch University New England (ANE) is a co-educational institution offering scholarly, practice-oriented, value-based graduate study. Its master's degree, doctoral degree, and certificate programs are designed with the specific needs of the motivated adult learner and mature recent graduates in mind. These programs balance the academic with the experiential, and action with reflection. Serving approximately 1,400 students, Antioch University remains, by design, a small graduate school closely linked to the region, with national and global connections through its students, alumni, and institutional concerns. Alumni, over 8,000 in number, constitute a strong network in leadership positions throughout New England. Many maintain an active involvement with the Graduate School.

Antioch University was the first major learning center established by Antioch College away from its Yellow Springs, Ohio campus. In 1964 ANE began putting down its roots and serving the region. The Antioch legacy of high-quality education, integration of work and study, commitment to bypassed populations, and learner responsibility are intertwined with the New England traditions of self-reliance, small-community values, private action for the public good, respect for learning, and the development of the intellect.
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
General information: 603-899-4000
Meeting Space/Conference Information: 603-899-4243

Franklin Pierce University is an accredited university that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations throughout New Hampshire and in Goodyear, Arizona. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. Franklin Pierce embraces an education that matters, one that achieves academic success by augmenting the traditional liberal arts foundation with professional programs. Our community of educators and learners create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. Franklin Pierce empowers each student to discover and fulfill their unique potential, so that they enter the professional world with the confidence and knowledge to be leaders of conscience. Franklin Pierce graduates are well-prepared for the professional, personal, and social demands required for success in the 21st century.
Keene State College
229 Main St.
Keene, NH 03435
603-352-1909 or 1-800-KSC-1909

Keene State College, New Hampshire's foremost public liberal arts college, celebrates its centennial in 2009 as a dynamic institution offering nearly 40 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs, and selected graduate degrees. Recognizing that a true education engages the whole person, Keene State challenges students to develop the habits of mind and character that prepare them for productive lives and work. Keene State draws on strong academic programs, faculty scholars, and a tradition of small classes and spirited inquiry. The College's commitment to academic excellence is founded on integrative learning for all students. Rich and varied co-curricular experiences move the classroom into the community and the world, making the College motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve," a touchstone in the lives of students and alumni. Students who walk down Appian Way, the campus thoroughfare, find civility, diversity, and collegiality among students, faculty, and staff. The attractive residential campus in the heart of the small New England city of Keene opens students' lives to a world of possibilities. Keene State is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is a founding member of the Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national group of about 20 institutions. Keene State is involved with the larger community in many ways, including an online catalog shared with the Keene Public Library, numerous student internships, one of the nation's most active Habitat for Humanity chapters, and the 20,000 hours of community service contributed annually by KSC students.
NH Community Technical College
229 Main St.
Keene, NH 03435
603-352-1909 or 1-800-KSC-1909

The New Hampshire Community Technical College at Claremont is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Students may access post-secondary education at the main campus in Claremont or at the Keene Academic Center in Keene. Through collaborative partnerships with local community agencies, the College provides opportunities for both technical and liberal arts education.

Continuing and Community Education

Area residents have a wide variety of part-time continuing education programs. The Keene School District's Community Education program offers a wide range of courses - ADP (Alternative Diploma Program), GED (General Education Development), Adult Tutorial Program, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, electrical and plumbing apprenticeships, vocational certificate classes, and many elective adult courses in vocational skills, culinary classes, and varied crafts.

Keene State College offers courses in four sessions during the year on the College's campus; Franklin Pierce has a regional campus in Keene offering associate degree, bachelor's degree, certificate programs and an MBA in Leadership with evening and Saturday classes. Antioch New England offers graduate courses during the day, evenings and weekends; and SAU 29 also offers courses.

Public Schools

SAU #29 includes the following school districts in the greater Keene area: Chesterfield, Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Westmoreland. Visit the website for more information about each district.
SAU #1 includes the towns in the greater Peterborough area: Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon and Temple. Visit their website for more information about the district:
SAU #38 includes the following school districts: Hinsdale, Monadnock Regional and Winchester. Visit the website for more information about each district:
SAU #87, the Mascenic school district, serves the town of Greenville and New Ipswich. Visit the website for more information
SAU #47, the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, serves the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge. View the website for more information:
SAU #63 encompasses the Wilton - Lyndeborough districts. View the website fro more information:

Private Schools

Dublin Christian Academy in Dublin has 136 students in kindergarten through grade 12. This is the only Christian boarding school for high school students in New England. 563-8505.
Dublin School in Dublin has 140 boarding and day students in grades 9 - 12. Students achieve success through strong academic, art and athletic programs. 563-8584.
Hampshire Country School is a small school, located in Rindge, dedicated to helping its students grow and learn through close interaction between students and faculty living together in a well-preserved rural environment. The school is particularly interested in working with students of high scholastic potential who have had difficulty thriving in larger, less personal schools.
Heritage Christian School in Rindge in Rindge has 80 students in K - 8. They are a Bible based school. For more information, call 899-6700.
High Mowing School is a Waldorf boarding and day school with 112 students from seventeen states and seven countries. The school is located in southern New Hampshire, on the top of a hill with open meadows, farm lands, and woodlands surrounding our campus which create spaces for thinking, creating, and healthy activity. Respect for the individuality of each student is fostered throughout the school. The curriculum at High Mowing is a rich and challenging one. Students graduate to attend a wide range of colleges and universities.
Keene Montessori School is a nonprofit preschool dedicated to providing an active learning process for children from ages 3 - 6 years old. Based on the principles of Maria Montessori, children learn at their own pace. Children learn to build concentration, focus, and self-discipline by exploring and discovering the world in a prepared environment. They are encouraged by trained Montessori educators who observe each child as an individual and provide learning materials which are attuned to each child's sensitive periods. The 3 classrooms are designed for young children. Natural materials are on low shelves. Children talk with each other as they have snack, help each other, or while working next to each other on floor mats or at tables. Children are respected and nurtured from preschool through kindergarten. Keene Montessori School has classes from 9am to noon and kindergarten class from 9am to 3pm. Before school and after school childcare is available. For a tuition schedule, please call 352-4052.
Meeting School in Rindge is a small, Quaker boarding and day high school on a working farm; non-traditional; college and life prep school. 603-899-3366.
Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene as 190 students, toddler to grade 8. The strong and varied curriculum challenges thinking, stirs feelings and engages the will to work. 357-4442
Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County established in 1989, provides an education based in the Montessori teaching methods to approximately 50 area children from age 18 months to 5 years. Children's natural curiosity, creativity and independence are cultivated to encourage self-directed exploration and discovery in a safe, stimulating, supportive environment. Students practice individual and community social skills while enjoying activities that help strengthen fine motor skills; prepare them for work in reading, writing and mathematics; and foster respect for each other, the environment and our world. They offer a toddler program, a preschool program, and a full-day kindergarten program. Pre-care and extended-care are also offered. They operate on a traditional school calendar with daycare available during school vacations, and a summer camp program. For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Lisa LeBlanc at 352-3301.
Mountain Shadows School in Dublin has 65 students in grades 1-8 who study in a family-farm setting, with all ages learning together. 563-8170.
Pine Hill Waldorf School is part of a rapidly growing international community of schools. Every Waldorf School is unique. At Pine Hill, we draw our character and our vitality from our setting in the heart of rural southern New Hampshire, surrounded by mountains, ponds, forests and farmland. Our children are embraced by the distinctive architecture of our school, and our hilltop is spacious, and alive with natural beauty. The Waldorf pedagogy is designed to address the emotional, aesthetic and social needs of the whole child, and to teach head, heart and hands. It stimulates the mind with a full spectrum of academic subjects; it nurtures the emotions through the arts and by conveying knowledge experientially; and it works with the hands every day, in handwork and crafts, music, and the arts. Waldorf schools are committed to excellence and offer students a rigorous classical education for the most demanding of colleges.
Pioneer Junior Academy in East Westmoreland is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Churches which follows a Bible-oriented curriculum with an emphasis on character training. 399-4803
St. Joseph School, Keene, established in 1887, offers low student-teacher ratios from Pre-K through Grade 8, a full-day kindergarten and day care. Strong academic program includes four years of French, one year of algebra. Also offered: music, art, physical education, computers, Destination Imagination, "buddy classes" (informal student mentoring) and community service. Class trips include Montreal, Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, white water rafting and Washington D.C. The school welcomes all families, regardless of faith affiliation, who value strong academic, moral and community principles. 352-2720.
St. Patrick Catholic School in Jaffrey has 103 students from Pre-K to grade 8. Admission is open to anyone and they offer a traditional curriculum. 535-7676
The Well School was founded nearly 40 years ago by Jay and Toni Garland as an alternative to public education. Since its humble beginnings in 1967 the school has taken a holistic approach to a classical based curriculum, providing excellence in academics and the arts, with an emphasis on nurturing the whole child: the mind, body and spirit. The Well began with a tiny group of students, principally made up of the Garlands' children, nieces and nephews. The children were taught in the Garland home (often referred to as the 'Brick Building') where Jay and Toni's family also resided. Over the past 40 years much of the land was cleared and a full campus built on 70 acres of land, including several school buildings, a performing arts theater, a community kitchen, many playing fields and sports facilities, a nature pond, and a 15 acre farm. Today The Well serves students from Amherst, Milford, Temple, Keene, Dublin, Hancock, Jaffrey, Rindge, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Greenfield, Francestown, Antrim, Lyndeborough, and other surrounding towns throughout the Monadnock Region and North Central Massachusetts.
Trinity Christian School is a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene and was founded in 1955. TCS offers a Christ-centered education in an environment of academic excellence and care for students from 3 years old to 8th grade. Our facility is staffed by State certified teachers providing inspiring traditional instruction. They are supported by special teachers for Music, Physical Education, Media and Technology, Spanish, and Art. God's Word is taught in daily Bible classes, weekly chapel, and within all subject areas. Trinity offers many after school activities for its students. These include interscholastic soccer, boys and girls basketball, choir, wrestling, rug hooking, hiking, and robotics. Extended Care is available for k - 8 students from 7am-6pm. Trinity does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or national origin.