Whitefield School is a preK-8th grade school of 330+ students primarily from the towns of Whitefield, Dalton and Carroll, New Hampshire. We live at the foot of the Presidential Range, nestled in the White Mountains. Our mission is to form a partnership with the community to prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible, and productive citizens in an ever-changing society.
Whitefield School offers a challenging, standards-based curriculum and increasingly more authentic, collaborative problem solving experiences for students. Technology is well-supported in our budget and the arts are cherished. Our athletic teams routinely have cheering sections made up of parents and staff, even when they are struggling to find a win that season. Our extracurricular groups are well populated and range from our outdoor club that sets a yearly goal of climbing Mt.Washington, the highest mountain in the Northeast, to board game clubs and our Student Council. Service learning and community engagement take the forms of organizing and collecting donations to our local food pantry, visiting residents at the Morrison Nursing Home and student organized dances to support the Susan G Komen breast cancer foundation. Through these academic, athletic and social endeavors we create lifelong learners who are responsible, productive citizens that can adapt to an ever changing society.
Over the years we have been recognized by state and regional associations for excellence. We were recognized by the “Edies” in 2005 for excellence as an elementary school. We are a New England League of Middle Schools Spotlight School and have been asked to speak at a number of professional conferences regarding our practices. Numerous staff have been recognized for excellence in their craft, including Technology Education, Math and Science, School Psychology, Administration and middle school programming. Our Response to Intervention (RtI), and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) implementations have been used as models within the state. Finally, our ability to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two consecutive years, took us off the School in Need of Improvement list.
Whitefield’s teachers and parents hold high standards for their children. When queried at an Open House about hopes and dreams for their children, parents responded that they did not want their children to settle for mediocrity. They wanted their children to know that they can achieve anything, and parents have confidence that our school will provide students with the necessary tools. We typically achieve 90% attendance rates at Parent-Teacher Conferences, full houses for our Open Houses, and standing room only for our holiday musical presentations. Our community values its school and supports us by volunteering, attending PTO, and supporting our budgets. The strength of the school comes from the whole school community and we feel that we have created the family-school partnership our mission speaks of.