School Details

Somersworth High School

11 Memorial Dr, Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-2431

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 566 students 13 students/teacher (NH avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Somersworth School District average
  • New Hampshire state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Somersworth High School is a public high school in Somersworth. 566 students attend Somersworth High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 29% of the 566 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Somersworth High School is 13:1. Dover Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 88%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    this school helps teens learn real-life education with its vocational center combined with regular high school classes. If a kid has a positive direction from their parents they will succeed even more at this school. They have implemented programs to help troubled kids learn Somersworth High implemented the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) a couple years back and it has done amazing things for the kids school test scores and overall morale in SHS. It seems many reviews are from a group of students who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions in school. High School is a time for a teen to learn responsibility before entering the work force or college. The school offers great programs for teens and those teens need to learn to make the correct choices in life. Being late for class is not the schools fault. Receiving a failing grade is not the schools fault. I graduated from this school and I know many other successful people that have as well including engineers politicians CEOs etc.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is absolutely terrible. None of their systems make any sense at all... I had a A- for my quarter grade in Math however when I took my final I wasn't feeling well and happened to get a 58 causing me to receive an F. I know from experience at other schools that a final can't change an A to an F just from barely failing it. My English teacher is a joke. I wrote a stellar research paper for him citing my sources correctly incorporating a quote and checked about 5 times for spelling and grammatical errors. On this paper I received a 45. My teacher didn't explain to me at all what I did wrong or what caused me to receive such a bad grade even when I personally approached him about it. If you're so much as 30 seconds late to class you get written up for it and will get suspended after 3. I've learned more at my private elementary school than I ever have here. Please do not put any more poor souls into this education system and because of it now I'm not prepared for college nor do I have any idea how the real word is. This is an absolute horror show for a school ask ANYBODY.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have attended most of my High School career in northern Vermont where I believed I was getting an average education compared to most schools but Somersworth High school has no right to be considered a school. The curriculum is atrocious and their scheduled day is ineffective. The students are going to come out of this school discouraged by life because of how they were taught here. When a teacher goes around demeaning a students working habits instead of giving them advice it is discouraging and when that student ends up completing a project that the teacher said they would not complete and it is not only done but done PERFECTLY they should not be petty and try to make the rest of their school year miserable.

  • (3 years ago)

    So. My son is entering his Senior year at SHS. In the nearly 4 years that he has attended I have NOT ONCE been contacted by any SHS staff for any reason. Good bad or ugly. Any communication between us as parents and any staff at this school has been made by us. My son is an average student. Which means that nobody cares. He isn't in enough academic trouble to merit any attention apparently. Although he has all but failed math for the last 3 years. It is a very discouraging that the faculty really seems to not care. My 2 younger children will absolutely not attend SHS. Whether we live in Somersworth or not. Since there isn't any support or encouragement for parents to be involved I am not sure where the breakdown is. Another little fact...when I contacted the school to look into my son possibly attending summer school my efforts were answered by an email rife with spelling and grammatical errors. From an English teacher. The place is laughable. Too bad if there are any decent teachers here. They are heavily outweighed by the terrible ones. Look into charter schools and private schools before you send your teen here. We had no clue how bad it was. Learn from our mistakes.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the first year I have ever gone to a public school. My experience in this school has been terrible. The teachers here coddle all the students and just make everything easier for them. The curriculum is unbelievably easy. The staff don't encourage doing your best as you have to go at the pace of the slowest kid at the school and thats very slow. I would discourage the idea of attending this school at all as you or your kids IQ may decrease.

  • (5 years ago)

    My experience at this school was terrible. The administration did not know what they were doing they teachers were inconsistent and the math wing was by far the worst. They switched systems and many times during the process forced people to retake classes they had already done. They did not properly acknowledge or deal with my situation of having moved to the school with an incomplete freshman year at my previous school and simply forced me to retake all of the classes. This is by far the worst school I have ever attended. It has a few shining teachers and classes like Philosophy and the now retired Mr.Pappas along with a one-shot math teacher named Mr.LaPierre. With the only two good teaching experiences I had at the school gone what is truly left?

  • (5 years ago)

    My grand children enjoy the school one grand daughter is a diabetic and they are 100% assisting her and makeing sure she isn't harassed by anyone shes allowed to join any of the sports annd clubs with all involved taught what to look for in a diabetic person

  • (6 years ago)

    Somersworth high school may not be as bad as people say it is but it is deffinately not the best school around. I love somersworth because i grew up here but then again i hate it because the students here are more like prisoners than students. Also if a child gets an ISS (in school suspention) the child is eligable to be sent to the somersworth group home as a punishment. Some of the students get these ISS's for leaving the building so why just send them out of the building the next day. It is the schools responsibility to take care of their students. It's not the responsibility of the group home. There is alot of semi-unfair practice here at SHS but for the most part I guess it's an ok school. I personaly don't get all the help i need in school but that doesn't mean your child wont.

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to the high school here in somersworth and its not all that great. The teachers can be selfish at times and not care about the students needs but that's just an opionun. When people say that Somersworth is a bad place it's not the worst but then again not the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    The very worst academic program and some of the bottom of the barrel teachers. Some teachers are outstanding and I hope they find a better system but again hope they remain to help the kids who deserve the help. Nothing but a juv. detention when my children attended. Negative star.

  • (6 years ago)

    Somersworth is a great place to go to high school however the new administration could loosen up a little bit.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school just pushes students through high school we dont learn anything!

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a graduate of SHS and currently have one child enrolled and have another entering next school year. I have concerns about the growing drop out rate and what the school is doing to prevent this from becomming a huge problem.

  • (10 years ago)

    Somersworth high school is the best school I have been to and I have been to 5.

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