AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL

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14 CROSS RD
AMHERST, NH 03031
Phone: 603-673-8944
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Amherst Sau Office
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 175
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 11337
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Porter Dodge
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (17 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (11 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-13
    "Most of the teachers at this school absolutely disgust me. All they are focused on is their pay checks and doing the minimum that is required of them. The majority will only stay until 2:30 (half hour after schools ends), the minimum required by their contract, and will leave the students who need help after school even if they have not gotten all their questions answered. It is amazing how little they care for the students. I do not understand how this school could possibly gotten a 9 out of 10 ranking for schools. I believe it is more realistically (from my own experiences and from talking with others of their experiences more like a 5 out of 10. This is not as bad as some public schools but parents and new-comers to the area, do not be disillusioned by this faulty rating. You are much better going the private route!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-10
    "Amherst Middle School is a school on the rise. Over the last three years, the school system has installed a new superintendent and has a new board, consisting of parents with children. The changes range from a new, rigorous math curriculum that is outstanding. I also have a young child in the elementary school who is already learning algebraic concepts. Amazing! There is also a compressed math curriculum for gifted students. From having attended board meetings, the school is working on adding a STEM curriculum and a world language program as early as kindergarten. Some other areas where we've seen improvements are in sprucing up the building, getting rid of tired teachers and making a better transition between the elementary schools and the high school. If you're looking to buy a home in southern New Hampshire, this is a school system you'll be very happy with."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-03
    "A huge disappointment. teachers struggle to manage classroom behavior. Smarter children are not able to advance in the curriculum. Behavior on the buses is out of control. Lack of leadership."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-12-04
    "I love AMS!!! It is amazing and I never want to move. The advanced math program is amazing. It allows students to learn at their own pace. The teachers are amazing and make school enjoyable. For every complaining parent, just ask your kid how they feel about their school. Maybe you'll be surprised."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-17
    "I am not sure what other reviewers have experienced by way of comparison to other schools, but AMS is highly over-rated. I moved here three years ago from a "10" rated district and it is like night and day...AMS being night. It would take an hour to list all of the deficiencies but this one should be clearly understood. The school may be an "8" but it has also been identified as a school needing improvement in mathematics by the State of NH. Not exactly a mystery why, they DO NOT EVEN HAVE TEXTBOOKS FOR 8th grade Math!! Nor study guides, so when the kids have homework they better know the material because they have no book, no examples, and only parents and the internet to rely on. Last, on the whole, with some exceptions, the school is arrogant towards parents and has the belief that they are the dog and the parents are the tail. Personally, it is offensive because Parents are the dog and the school is the tail. Tax dollars tell me so."
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