Academy for Science and Design

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Academy for Science and Design
486 Amherst St #1
Nashua, New Hampshire, Hillsborough County, 03063
United States
Funding type Public charter school
Founded 2006
Opened September 2007
CEEB Code 300118
NCES School ID 330004000678
Director Jennifer Cava
Grades 6-12
Number of students 500

Coordinates: 42°47′27″N 71°31′23″W / 42.79083°N 71.52306°W / 42.79083; -71.52306 The Academy for Science and Design (ASD) is a public charter school located in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA. This is New Hampshire's first charter school to concentrate on STEM - science, technology, engineering, math. The Academy is tuition-free for New Hampshire residents, though New Hampshire has the lowest funded charter schools in the united states. The DOE funds charter schools at a rate of $5,450 per student while the average statewide expenditure for non chartered public schools is $12,000 per student so the school is always actively fundraising to make up this huge discrepancy.[1][2]

ASD opened in September 2007 and currently is serving 450 students from over 40 New Hampshire communities in grades 6 through 12. For the 2014-2015 school year this will increase to 500 students. The Academy offers a science, technology, engineering and math oriented curriculum beginning with algebra, integrated biology and chemistry, and physics in grade 7.[3]


The establishment of the school was approved in March 2006.[4] Its establishment was sponsored by Daniel Webster College.[5][6] The school opened for the 2007-08 academic year.[7] During the 2011-12 year the grade 6 was added to the school. Prior to the 2012-2013 school year ASDNH moved from its original location in Merrimack, New Hampshire, to its current location in Nashua, expanding the size of the student body.


ASD's curriculum exceeds New Hampshire state standards.[8] The Academy's goal is to be internationally competitive. Algebra, physics, chemistry, design, and biology are taught beginning in grade 7. Chemistry and Biology are taught as one three-year course referred to as "Integrated Biology and Chemistry" or "IBC". Starting in 2012, World History (now known as Social Studies) and Language Arts are taught as a package course titled "Humanities". Conceptual Physics is also taught as a three-year course. Technology and Design are taught in dedicated courses as Technology Design and Technology Applications in Society. Information Technologies are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition to the course load, the students are required to complete 150 community service hours as well as a junior internship comprising approximately 100 hours in the specialty that they have chosen. Student projects emphasize research skills and engineering. Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish are offered as the initial foreign languages.[9]


For the 2013-14 school year, approximately 450 students, 6th-12th graders, are attending from 42 New Hampshire communities, ranging from small rural towns to urban cities, with 25% of students from international backgrounds and approximately 25% of students female.[citation needed]


In the initial year, school teams competed and were placed in two international academic competitions. Teams placed sixth in the New Hampshire state Mathcounts competition, and they won second and first place in the International Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest's Olympiad Robot competition.[citation needed]




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