Portsmouth High School (New Hampshire)
Portsmouth High School is a public high school located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with a current enrollment of approximately 1,100. Accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the State of New Hampshire, the school serves the communities of Portsmouth, Rye, Greenland, New Castle and Newington, New Hampshire.
Portsmouth High School's faculty consists of 42 men and 70 women, 73% of whom hold a Master’s degree or higher. Key faculty includes the new Principal Mary Lyons and Assistant Principals Shawn Donovan and Kathleen A. Blake In addition, several other notable faculty members work in and around the school. Many have become involved in the community. Due to this involvement, Portsmouth High has a very positive relationship with the city and greater seacoast region.
Curriculum and grading system
With the exception of a few mini blocks, all classes meet for 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each 1-credit course meets for 90 days. The average class has 20 students. Students must complete 4 credits of English, 3 credits each of Math and Science, 3 credits of Social Studies, 1/2 credit each of Fine Arts, Health and 1 credit of Computers and Physical Education. Portsmouth High School offers 192 courses within 18 departments with a variety of academic levels of difficulty.
26 Credits are required to graduate from Portsmouth High School. Credits are earned by the quarter. A semester is two consecutive quarters. Therefore, for a semester long course, the student will receive one full credit for passing both quarters or half credit for passing one quarter. Credits are posted at the end of each quarter. Report cards are issued after each term (four times during the year).
Honors and A.P. programs
Admission to Honors and A.P. classes is based on student application and recommendation.
Portsmouth High School offers Honors classes in English 9, 10 and 11, American Studies 1, Algebra 2 and 3, Pre-calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Earth Science and Physical Science. Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Literature and Composition, European History, United States History, Calculus AB/BC, Biology, Physics B, Statistics, Spanish Language, and French Language.
In 2000 the Portsmouth City Council voted and approved $36 million in city and state funds to renovate the aging school. In 2004 it was completed. The renovation offers students a new library, renovated auditorium, all new classrooms and science labs, a 100-seat lecture hall, a renovated band and chorus area and many other notable features.