Londonderry High School is located on an 135-acre site on Mammoth Road in the center of town. The main building, which measures 232,250 square feet, and houses approximately 105 classrooms, a cafeteria and a Library Media Center. The new two-story 52,000 square foot gymnasium, which opened in January 2003, sports a 17,000 square feet wooden court.
The high school is a public comprehensive school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Students are encouraged to take courses from a variety of subject areas to fulfill their 24-credit graduation requirement. Most subject areas offer advanced placement, honors and college preparatory courses, as well as specialized programs for learning disabled and special needs students. Students participate in an array of interscholastic sports and extracurricular activities.
Special programs include Project Running Start Courses, Career Pathway Programs, Independent Study Options, Adult Education Program, Summer School, Affiliation with the Manchester School of Technology and Wilbur H. Palmer Vocational Technical Center at Alvirne High School, Articulation agreements with area colleges and universities.
Foreign Language classes include French, Spanish, German, and Latin. Honors and Advanced placement classes include English Language, English Literature & Composition, US History, European History, US Government & Politics, Environmental Science, Calculus A/B, Statistics, Computer Science A, French Language and Spanish Language.
The school’s internationally recognized music program includes marching band, orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble and choral groups. Recognition includes four Tournament of Roses Parade appearances, the most recent being the 2011 parade, and numerous All-State winners. The Marching Band participated in the Olympic International Youth Festival in Beijing, China preceding the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade and accompanied the Grand Marshall in the 2009 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The High School competes in the Class L division of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. Sports include Cross Country, Soccer, Football, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor & Outdoor Track, Hockey, Wrestling, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Lacrosse and Golf. Recent Championships – Girls Lacrosse 2009, Girls Field Hockey 2008 and Boys Indoor Track 2006.
The Special Education Department offers an array of services designed to meet the specific needs of individual students with disabilities. Students can be referred to Special Education by teachers, parents, and/or guidance counselors. Eligibility for Special Education is determined using measurements of achievement and intelligence, classroom success, teacher and parent input and the need for specialized instruction. If criteria are met, an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) will be developed which specifies services to be delivered by the school and responsibilities to be accepted by the student and parent.
The comprehensive school guidance program includes a Guidance Director and seven guidance counselors, a School-to-Career Coordinator, Career Technical Counselor and School Community Counselor. Counseling is available on an individual and/or group basis to help students make intelligent decisions that meet their personal, educational, and vocational objectives. The School-to-Career Center assists students in career development and planning, and coordinates job shadows, internships and other work-based learning. In addition, the Career Technical Counselor assists students with vocation programming options.
The High School’s Library Media Center provides a comprehensive collection of resources to support the curriculum, to promote an appreciation of reading, and to develop information literacy and research skills. Additionally, the Library Media Specialists work collaboratively with teachers to develop projects that reinforce these skills. As of June 30, 2009, the collection includes 21,391 circulating items, 3,319 reference volumes, 12 electronic data base subscription services and 57 periodical subscriptions. Presently, there are 50 computers available to support teaching and learning as well as a variety of other audio-visual and technology resources. There are five Computer Education/Business Labs, one CAD/CAM Lab and one Curriculum Lab. In addition, computers are important tools in such specialty areas as school-to-career, video and vocational television production, special education, and alternative learning.
For the class of 2009, 87% of graduates went on to college – 65% to four-year, 22% to two-year colleges and 4% to other certificate/training programs. 4% joined the Armed Forces, and 6% pursued employment. SAT results for the Class of 2008 – 308 test takers, MEAN scores: Critical Reasoning 506; Math 523; Writing 496.
The high school building was originally built in 1972 as a junior high school. Additions were added in 1975 and 1978, and the building opened as a Junior and Senior High School in September, 1978. The current 9 through 12 grade configuration was adopted in 1982. Additions in 1998 and 2003 brought the building to its current capacity of 2100 students.