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School and Community
Winnacunnet is a four-year, comprehensive high school. Winnacunnet prepares students to become life-long learners, effective communicators, and active and contributing citizens. Enrollment is approximately 1320. The school serves the towns of Hampton, Seabrook, Hampton Falls, and North Hampton. These communities are largely residential, located along the New Hampshire seacoast, and have a wide range of socio-economic groups. Local industry comprises light manufacturing and tourism. Boston, MA, Portland, ME and Manchester, NH are within commuting distance.
WHS Vision and Mission Statement
The Winnacunnet High School community seeks to create a consistent and caring atmosphere where learning is relevant, meaningful, and connected for the community of learners. This environment will be engaging for all and foster a love of learning that is life long. The Winnacunnet High School community challenges all students to be critical thinkers, responsible decision makers, and creative problem solvers. By demonstrating courage, independence, knowledge, and skills, all students will become effective and contributing members of society.
The WHS faculty consists of 111 teachers, 77% of whom have a master’s degree or higher. Tenure of the faculty ranges from 1 to 40 years.
Winnacunnet integrates traditional academic content, career and technical education, and a generous offering of electives. Curriculum options include multi-leveled courses, Running Start courses, for which the student can earn dual credit through the state college system, College Board Advanced Placement courses, and access to programs at the regional technical center—Seacoast School of Technology. In addition, all seniors must be enrolled in Senior Seminar. Senior Seminar incorporates independent learning with both “academic and real world consequences.” Students may participate in “meaningful civic action” to improve quality of life. The senior must give evidence of journal entries, research, technological proficiency, presentation, a portfolio, and completion of an assessment checklist. This one-trimester course is a culminating experience for seniors.
Winnacunnet uses a trimester schedule in which traditional four-credit courses meet for two trimesters, daily, for 70 minute blocks. AP courses meet for three trimesters. Students in grades 9-11 are expected to carry five courses each trimester. Seniors are permitted to have four courses per trimester.
Many additional resources are available to students outside of the regular classroom:
- Seacoast School of Technology
- Career Information Center
- Guidance Department
- Hawley Library
- Special Services