The Community School is a non-sectarian day school located in the Bearcamp Valley which lies between the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Students travel as much as 30 miles one way to attend the school. The program combines rigorous college preparatory work with experiential learning. Students apply academics to solving real problems on the school's 310 acre farm and in the surrounding villages and forests. Teamwork, community service, democratic process, travel, creative thinking and independent study are part of the curriculum. The school aims to help each student become a valued and contributing member of his or her community. Private Schools in New Hampshire are regulated by the New Hampshire Department of Education, and must meet minimum standards as specified in the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules Chapter ED 400. There are currently 289 private schools in New Hampshire.
A school must meet two requirements to be defined as a private school in New Hampshire. An individual or group not associated with the state must establish the private school, and officials who have not been publicly elected or appointed must conduct the schools operations.
Private schools who apply for approval in New Hampshire must write a letter of intent stating the private schools educational purpose, objectives and beliefs. A copy of the curriculum for the private school must also be provided.
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