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Approved Public Charter Schools

School Academy for Science and Design Charter School
486 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063
Status State Approved Charter: March 14, 2006
Opened: September 17, 2007
Renewal: January 16, 2013
Description Grades 6-12
Academy for Science and Design Charter School is geared toward students in grades 6-12 who are interested in pursuing careers in the math and sciences. Students in their junior and senior years will be able to major in a subject as they would in college. Among the choices: aeronautics and aviation, chemistry and biomedicine, and space, astronomy, and astronautics.
Contact(s) Jennifer Cava, Director
(603) 595-4705
Fax: (603) 262-9163
General email:
School Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy
40 Hampshire Circle
Dover, NH 03820
Status State Approved Charter: May 19, 2004
Opened: January 24, 2005
Renewal: February 11, 2009

Arts and Technology, grades 9-12
Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy provides excellence in secondary education in fundamental academics and performing arts, fine arts and technology related to the arts creating an educational community where each student thrives, exploring personal interests in an atmosphere that encompasses different learning styles, individual learning opportunities, smaller class sizes and multiple methods of learning assessments.

Contact(s) James M. Friel, Director
(603) 742-0700
Fax: (603) 742-7207
General email:
School Compass Classical Academy: A Public Charter School
Proposed location: Tilton
Status State Approved: October 9, 2014
Projected School Open Date: September 2015
Description Grades K-5
Compass Classical Academy plans to provide a safe learning environment designed to instill integrity, good citizenship, compassion and confidence in each child; to promote a caring community of students, highly trained educators and administrators, along with involved parents; and, to provide a high quality education that is thought provoking, coherent, meaningful and engaging.

Judy Tilton, Founding Board Member
(603) 729-3370
General email:

School CSI Charter School
(Competencies, Skills and Interests)
26 Washington Street
Penacook, NH 03303
Status State Approved Charter: March 1, 2007
Opened: September 17, 2007
Renewal: December 19, 2012
Description CSI Charter School serves high school students who are disengaged, have dropped out or have experienced life changing events who would benefit from an individualized program that meets their needs. The CSI Charter School uses academic competencies and work-based skills as the entry point for developing an individualized plan for each student which meets essential academic and work place competencies. Technology and integrated units help promote student interest, meet high academic standards and provide authentic opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students who meet the academic standards have shown an ability to transition to post secondary education or a work based setting. CSI Charter School is small, interest-centered and is well supported by technology and project-based learning.
Contact(s) Jim Gorman, Administrator
(603) 753-0194
Fax: (603) 753-6429

Gate City Charter School for the Arts
7 Henry Clay Drive
Merrimack NH 03054

Status State Approved Charter: July 18, 2013
School Open Date: September 2, 2014

2015-16 School Year: Grades K-7
In the future, Gate City plans to offer grades K-8

Gate City Charter School for the Arts will use an arts-integrated curriculum to educate all interested students in grades K-8, to produce graduates who excel in both academics and the Arts and have the knowledge, creativity and inquisitive nature that foster a life-long love of learning.


Karin Cevasco, School Director
(603) 943-5273

School Granite State Arts Academy: A Public Chartered School
16 Route 111, Brookstone Park Building #4
Derry, NH 03038
Status State Approved Charter: August 19, 2013
School Open Date: August 28, 2014
Description Grades 9-12
Granite State Arts Academy will nurture creative thinkers, active citizens and independent learners with a curriculum that integrates the Arts and academics.

Mark Bograd, Director
(603) 912-4944

School Great Bay eLearning Charter School
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Status State Approved Charter: February 18, 2004
Opened: January 3, 2005
Renewal: May 13, 2009

Under-served students, grades 7-12
Great Bay eLearning Charter School (GBeCS) provides an alternative approach for educating students in grades 7-12 by emphasizing project-based learning in a smaller, flexible, supportive learning environment. A strong emphasis on writing across the curriculum and deliberate interdisciplinary connections among curriculum areas allow students to make logical connections and transfer knowledge among disciplines. GBeCS utilizes a strong faculty advisory program to ensure that all students have a significant adult monitoring their progress in addition to their teachers. While some “online” or web-based learning programs are utilized to supplement the core class experience, the school emphasizes an active classroom-based environment, a strong school community, and connections of students with their school through meaningful interactions among students and between students and their teachers.

Contact(s) Cheryl McDonough, Executive Director
Peter Stackhouse, Executive Director
(603) 775-8638
Fax: (603) 775-8528
School Ledyard Charter School
2 West Park St., Suite 301 (new address)
PO Box 327
Lebanon, NH 03766
Status State Approved Charter: March 14, 2007
Opened: February 2, 2009

Under-performing and/or disengaged students in grades 9-12

Ledyard Charter School prepares students for their futures, both academically and socially, in a rigorous academic program that stresses the importance of community and allows students to apply their learning in context. Ledyard provides opportunities for under-engaged students to re-focus on their strengths and interests and will provide highly motivating and relevant learning opportunities, much of which will be based in service learning in the community, internships, and a strong academic core. The school takes its name from John Ledyard, a curious and self-motivated Dartmouth College student who arrived at Dartmouth College in the Spring of 1772. He spent four summer months living (and learning) among the Iroquois as a college ambassador and became dissatisfied by the constraining academic offerings at Dartmouth upon his return to the college. He built his own canoe and paddled the length of the Connecticut River. He became an acclaimed world traveler, explorer, and a lifelong hands-on learner.

Contact(s) John Higgins, Executive Director
(603) 727-4772

Making Community Connections (MC²) Charter School
60 Rogers Street, Unit 203
Manchester, NH 03103-5070

Status State Approved Charter: March 9, 2011
Opened: September 4, 2012

Grades 6-12
Making Community Connections Charter School provides the conditions that enables each individual student to become empowered with the knowledge and skills to use his/her voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our world. MC2 seeks to uncover, recover, and discover the unique gifts and talents each individual brings to school every day.

Students will graduate from MC2 as stewards of the public global world with the will, skill, capacity and knowledge to contribute to the greater good and are ready for college, career and life. Ultimately, MC2 plans to have multiple campuses in different communities with alternative pathways for students Preschool - grade 12.


Kim Carter, Chief Education Officer

Eddie Marceau, School Leader
(603) 935-7488

School MicroSociety Academy Charter School of Southern NH
Proposed location: Greater Nashua area
Status State Approved Charter: August 14, 2014
Projected School Open Date: September 2015

First year: Grades K-5
Plans to offer grades K-8 in the future

The mission of the MicroSociety Academy Charter School of Southern New Hampshire (MACS) is to actively engage K-8 students in a diverse, challenging learning environment that will prepare them for college, the workforce, and citizenship in a 21st Century global society. Within this environment students will be taught developmentally appropriate, research-based, innovative, technology - infused learning strategies that they will apply daily during the course of creating and operating the agencies and ventures of their own school-based “MicroSociety”--a microcosm of the real world. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and excel at their own pace, as they work to attain proficiency in competency-based learning, as well as social, cognitive, and life skills.”

Contact(s) Contact by email:
School Mill Falls Charter School
100 William Loeb Drive, Unit 1
Manchester, NH 03109
Status State Approved Charter: March 9, 2011
Opened: August 29, 2012

New Hampshire’s first public Montessori school, grades K-6

Mill Falls Charter School brings together children of all backgrounds and learning styles in mixed-age classrooms that merge the Common Core Curriculum with the individualized and academically integrated Montessori approach. Students’ emotional and social growth is cultivated along-side their academic achievement in an inclusive and diverse public school setting.


Jennifer Bisson, Executive Director
(603) 232-5176
Fax: (603) 518-7489
General email:


Mountain Village Charter School
13 NH Route 25
Plymouth, NH 03264

Status State Approved Charter: July 18, 2013
School Open Date: August 25, 2014

A Nature-based Montessori Public Charter Elementary School
2015-16 School Year: Grades 1-4
In the future, Mountain Village Charter School plans to offer grades K-8

Mountain Village Charter School (MVCS) will foster an engaging educational community with a nature-based Montessori approach, inspire abstract thinking, creative thought and critical reasoning, and emphasize equally rigorous academics, artistic expression, social development and community engagement.

Contact(s) Matt Thornton, Head of School
(603) 536-3900
Fax: (603) 947-0189
Contact MVCS:
School Next Charter School
1 West Running Brook Lane
Derry, NH 03038
(inside the West Running Brook Middle School)

State Approved Charter: June 20, 2012
Opened: August 23, 2013


Grades 9-12
Next Charter School meets the needs of students not fully served within a traditional high school and employs a system of instructional and assessment practices that values competency, inquiry, flexibility, and the social nature of learning so that all students will graduate and initiate post-secondary learning options.


Joe Crawford, Co-Director
Justin Krieger, Co-Director
(603) 437-6398

School North Country Charter Academy
260 Cottage Street, Suite A
Littleton, NH 03561
Status State Approved Charter: January 21, 2004
Opened: September 7, 2004
Renewal: April 8, 2009

Locations in Littleton & Lancaster

North Country Charter Academy is designed to provide a learning environment for students who benefit from a non-traditional high school setting. Students who are, or may be, at risk of dropping out are provided an educational setting in which they can succeed in their pursuit of a high school diploma. NCCA serves students in grades 7-12 and enrolls up to 60 students in two centers divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Each session consists of two teachers with a maximum of 15 students. While the credits that are needed will be earned, student’s learning activities do not reflect a traditional school syllabus but are structured and competency based at an 80% completion rate while still focusing on individualization based on the student’s academic level. Students also participate in an organized Extended Learning Opportunity activity.

Contact(s) Lisa Lavoie, Principal
(603) 444-1535
Fax: (603) 444-9843
School PACE Career Academy Charter School
Suncook Business Park
65 Pinewood Road
Allenstown, NH 03275

Locally Authorized Charter School
State Approved Charter: December 8, 2010
Pembroke School District approved: March 5, 2011
Opened: September 19, 2011

Description PACE Career Academy is dedicated to supporting students to partner in the design of their personal growth, academic and career paths with a goal of becoming an essential part of their community and family. The school uses state of the art technology, career internships and individualized independent study courses to allow students to work at their own pace towards high school graduation while becoming skilled workers and active community members. The school's goal is for every student to graduate from PACE Career Academy ready to enter the workforce or pursue higher education.

Martin Castle, Director
(603) 210-1882
Fax: (603) 210-2341

School Polaris Charter School
100 Coolidge Avenue
Manchester, NH 03102

State Approved Charter: October 12, 2011
Opened to Students: September 4, 2012

Description Polaris Charter School is designed for intellectually curious children from six (6) to eleven (11) years old. Students are placed in multi-age classrooms designed to foster a joyful and exciting learning community. Program highlights include inquiry-based, project-oriented and inter-disciplinary curriculum. Students develop the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, think critically, and excel academically. The combination of personal learning plans, the development of social and emotional skills and a "move-on-when-ready" approach instills a positive attitude about future studies and ensure students are well-prepared for the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Elizabeth Putnam, Director of Operations/Admissions
Jennifer Murdock-Smith, Director of Student Services
(603) 634-0034

School Robert Frost Public Charter School
Physical address:
1675 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860

Mailing address:
PO Box 967
North Conway, NH 03860
Status State Approved Charter: October 12, 2011
Opened: September 4, 2012

Montessori tradition, grades K-7 in multi-age classrooms
Robert Frost Charter School creates life-long learners by providing an intellectually rich and challenging experience delivered through the combination of the Montessori tradition and project-based learning. In a safe and peaceful setting, dedicated educators foster students' individuality, creativity and critical-thinking skills to fully prepare them for future scholastic, civic and personal success.


Jennifer Karnopp, Interim Head of School
(603) 356-6332
General email:

School Seacoast Charter School
13 Church Street
Kingston, NH 03848
Status State Approved Charter: August 20, 2003
Opened: September 7, 2004
Renewal: April 8, 2009

Core Academics and the Arts, grades K-8
Seacoast Charter School provides excellence in core academics and the Arts while cultivating the individual qualities and strengths of each child. Opportunities for creative expression and independent thinking are an integral part of their rigorous academic program. The combination of challenging intellectual and artistic endeavors develops the students' hearts and minds and enables them to live more fully in the world.

Contact(s) Peter Durso, Head of School
(603) 642-8400
Fax: (603) 642-8404
General email:
School STEM in the Middle Charter School
Proposed location: Merrimack
Status State Approved Charter: November 17, 2014
Projected School Open Date: Fall 2016

Grades 5-8
STEM in the Middle Charter School will provide excellence in STEM education to middle school learners and to adults who support them in their project-based learning environment that encourages inquiry, discovery, creative problem solving, collaboration and demonstration of learning.


Richard LaSalle, Executive Director
Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, Inc. (SERESC)

School Strong Foundations Charter School
715 Riverwood Drive
Pembroke, NH 03275
Status State Approved Charter: March 14, 2006
Opened: August 29, 2007
Renewal: June 8, 2011

Strong Foundations Charter School (SFCS) serves grades K-8. A rich, challenging curriculum and a focus on early literacy using the Orton-Gillingham approach define the academic curriculum.

Technology is integrated into the day at Strong Foundations. Students have access to 1:1 computing using iPads for research, word processing, and skills practice. Student-safe internet filters and a powerful network create a school-friendly internet environment. Every classroom has a projection system that teachers can use for whole-group instruction.

The cornerstone of Strong Foundations’ approach to building reading decoding skills is the Orton-Gillingham approach. Once thought to be limited to a specialized segment of the student population, its effectiveness has been demonstrated across all student populations. Orton-Gillingham (O.G.) promotes direct instruction in the structure of the English language for reading and spelling. At the early levels, teachers use O.G. to teach basic sound-symbol relationships of English. At more advanced levels, students are taught morphology, including prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots as well as all the spelling rules.

As a Friend of Core Knowledge©, SFCS adopted the Core Knowledge curriculum in 2008. Students at Strong Foundations learn about American and World History, Geography, Literature, Science, Art, and Music at advanced levels. This builds the children’s background knowledge and cultural literacy. Reading comprehension is increased as a result. The Scope and Sequence of the Core Knowledge curriculum can be downloaded at:

Teachers are New Hampshire certified and undergo training in Orton-Gillingham, Core Knowledge, and Responsive Classroom© in order to teach at Strong Foundations. SFCS staff forms a connection with students and families as individuals, striving to provide an exemplary education for the children who attend Strong Foundations Charter School.

Contact(s) Beth McClure, Principal
(603) 225-2715
Fax (603) 225-2738
School Surry Village Charter School
449 Route 12A
Surry, NH 03431-8106
Status State Approved Charter: March 14, 2006
Opened: September 5, 2006
Renewal: August 10, 2011

Surry Village Charter School is an elementary charter school serving grades K–8 in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

Surry Village Charter School (SVCS) provides a challenging and rigorous education for children in an environment that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, community, diversity, service, and leadership. Students will be academically and socially prepared to meet the demands of further education while maturing into productive and caring adults with a lifelong passion for learning.

Children learn the basics of reading, writing and math and experience science and social studies through projects that emphasize everyday skills such as cooking, canning, knitting, gardening, and woodworking. Music and the arts is integrated into the curriculum. SVCS seeks to foster the development of individuals and their connection to communities of the school, the region, the world, and the natural environment. This is achieved through the development and implementation of a social curriculum, project-based learning, place/community-based learning and practical arts.

Contact(s) Dr. Matora Fiorey, Director
(603) 357-9700
Fax: (603) 357-9701
School TEAMS Charter School
(Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Science)
26 Washington Street
Penacook, NH 03303
Status State Approved Charter: June 8, 2011
Opened: September 4, 2012

Grades 9-12
TEAMS Charter School will expand opportunities for all students, offering a sound college prep program with a career focus. Concurrent with this mission is the articulated pathway into a certificate program, NHTI or four year college enhanced by early exposure to careers. TEAMS serves the student who is not achieving in the typical classroom setting and, for a variety of reasons, may be educationally disadvantaged.

Contact(s) George Rogers, Director
(603) 753-4022
Fax: (603) 753-6429
School The Birches Academy of Academics & Art: A Public Charter School
419 South Broadway, 2nd Floor
Salem, NH 03079
Status State Approved Charter: January 18, 2012
Opened: September 4, 2012
Description Grades K-8
The Birches Academy provides a learning community that supports excellence in core academics and the Arts while cultivating the individual qualities and strengths of each child. In September 2012, The Birches Academy opened with four multi-aged classrooms in grades K-8. Expansion into kindergarten and additional classrooms will be added in future years.

Dr. Dael Angelico-Hart, Head of School
(603) 485-6399
General email:


The Founders Academy Public Charter School
5 Perimeter Road
Manchester, NH 03103-3305


State Approved Charter: July 18, 2013
School Open Date: September 2, 2014

Description Grades 6-12
The Founders Academy will develop leaders who understand and apply the lessons of the past, demonstrate exceptional character and lead by example. The Academy recognizes the importance of balance in the development of the whole person and respects each student's journey. Principled leadership is fostered by means of a curriculum of classical studies that includes analyzing the lives of great men and women of history, mining the rich classical ideals of the Western tradition, and tracing the evolution of the precious and costly idea of liberty.
Contact(s) Thomas Frischknecht, Interim School Director
(603) 952-4705
Fax: (603) 624-0057
General email:
School Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Status State Approved Charter: May 9, 2007
Opened: January 2008
Renewal: November 21, 2012
Description The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) uses new and emerging distance learning technologies to provide any time any where access to a rigorous personalized education that helps students learn today, graduate tomorrow, and prepare for the future. The educational mission of VLACS integrates the philosophy of the New Hampshire Department of Education's Follow the Child initiative with the power of distance learning technologies. VLACS meets the needs of a wide variety of students and fosters 21st century skills such as global awareness, self-directed learning skills, information and communications technology literacy, problem-solving skills, time management, and personal responsibility. The flexible scheduling of VLACS courses meet the needs of non-traditional students as they design alternative learning plans to meet their unique needs. The school offers programming to both full-time and part-time students.
Contact(s) Kyle Cote, Director of Guidance & Student Services
Ollire Lane-Wortley, Director of Academic Support & Professional Development

Scott Prescott, Director of Instruction
(603) 778-2500
Fax: (866) 651-5038
Special Considerations Commissioner’s Task Force Report on the Virtual Learning Academy Charter (VLACS) VLACs state funding report

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