About APS

Alstead Primary School is a small, rural elementary school in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. It is one of four schools in the Alstead Attendance Area which are supervised by one principal.

Alstead Primary houses 86 students (PreK- Grades 4) and employs 25 part and full time staff and teachers. It is on the same campus as Vilas Middle School (Grades 5-8).

Students attending the ½ day Pre-Kindergarten program and the full-day Kindergarten programs are from Alstead and two surrounding towns: Acworth and Langdon. In Grade 1, the students return to their home schools in Alstead, Acworth, or Langdon. Grades 1-4 students at Alstead Primary are all Alstead students. The three other schools in the Attendance Area are Vilas Middle, Acworth Center in Acworth and Sarah Porter School in Langdon.

Alstead Primary's school goal this year is that students will exhibit respect in three key ways: respect to self, respect to others, and respect to school. The concepts of respect have been incorporated in all aspects of the academic and social curriculum (multi-tiered systems of support) and that has spread to the outer community in the students' involvement with town officials, the library, senior groups, and grandparents.

  • Alstead Primary has a very active Parent Teacher Organization that supports teachers' classroom efforts, funds educational field trips, volunteers in the classrooms, and are true partners in their children's education.
  • For many years, Alstead Primary has received the Blue Ribbon award for volunteerism by the NH Partners in Education.
  • Community members come into the classrooms to teach about Town History, Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles, Fire Safety, Lunch with the Police Officer, etc. These community members have included town historians, nature centers, Keene State College nutritionists, police and fire safety members.
  • Parents have helped coordinate schoolwide and town celebrations involving local vendors, community members (Harvest Night activities and Halloween parade).
  • Collaboration with the middle school includes middle school students reading to the younger kids, Alstead Primary attending assemblies/concerts, etc.
  • Students visit the town library on a regular basis and perform at the monthly senior luncheons.
  • There is an area Site Based Committee that includes parents and community members of the town/school. These community stakeholders meet monthly with the principal to review school goals, discuss the budget, and provide input and suggestions.
  • The principal holds coffee chats to hear from parents and listen to their suggestions and concerns.

In 2012, NH Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry awarded Alstead Primary School with the Circle of Excellence for the school's continued student academic success, and Commissioner Barry and other members of the department of education attended a schoolwide celebration of that success.

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