Welcome to SAU # 34!
The town of Hillsboro is located half way between Concord and Keene in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The school districts in SAU #34 serve about 1,500 students with the goal of providing a quality education for each child. The Hillsboro-Deering Cooperative School District was formed in 1954 and also serves students from the towns of Washington and Windsor. The 30-acre main campus is located on School Street, just north of the main intersection of Main Street and School Street in Hillsboro, NH. Washington Elementary School, built in 1992, is located in picturesque Washington, NH just 10 miles northwest of Hillsboro, up route 31.
Forty-nine percent (52%) of the teachers in Hillsboro-Deering schools hold Master’s Degrees and fifty-one percent (59%) of teachers in Washington Elementary School have a Master’s Degree. Total enrollment in October 2009 was 1,553 students with 281 students identified with special educational needs. The student to teacher ratio is 11.3:1 with an average class size of 19 students. Approximately 61% of our students pursue post high school education upon graduation.
We are proud of our 5 schools and the opportunities they offer. We have 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school and 1 alternative high school in west Deering. District-wide, our district is comprised of approximately 96% Anglo-American students and 4% from other various ethnic groups. The entire SAU spans a total of 132.2 square miles, made up of mostly rural areas, and provides transportation to an average of 525 students K-12 per year. Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School has on average 600 students in grades pre-school through grade 5, while Washington Elementary has an average of 65 students, K-5. Our Middle School (grades 6-8) houses approximately 315 students and we have 500 high school students in grades 9-12.
Each of our schools (with the exception of the Alternative High School) has a full time principal, assistant principal and special education building coordinator to provide leadership and supervision of the educational programs. Additionally, each school provides nursing services and guidance and counseling programs for all students.
The School Administrative Unit (SAU) office is housed on the third floor of the Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School and provides central office services including the Superintendent of Schools, Business Administrator, Student Support Services, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Professional Development, Accounting, Payroll, Human Resources, and Accounts Payable.
SAU #34 provides a three-pronged curriculum initiative. These projects are long-term and will guide and inform the work of the district. All three projects are woven together to strengthen our curriculum to help increase student learning and achievement. These are:
Understanding by Design (UbD):
District-wide, the focus for professional development has been on supporting teachers new to the district, learning how to mine the wealth of data provided by assessments, furthering district goals, and planning for the improved growth and achievement of each student.
The district continues to work on building capacity through teacher leaders and drawing on local expertise through mentoring and sessions offered in the June “Teacher Toolbox.”
As federal mandates require compliance with the “No Child Left Behind” legislation and Annual Yearly Progress, districts across New Hampshire saw a change in the state assessment program. Hillsboro-Deering has selected the MAP test to look at student instructional levels.