Granite Hill School

PO Box 25,  135 Elm St.  Newport NH 03773

Tel:  603-8630697

Email Danielle Paranto, Principal at

Granite Hill School serves 32 male and female students 6th-12th grade, ages 11-21 years.  School runs for 180 days with an additional summer school.  Students includes those with emotional disabilities, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, and autism.

The admissions process starts with school district referrals.  Students complete an application and pre-admissions assessment, followed by an interview and tour of the school.  Required document include a recent psychological evaluation, a current IEP, transcript of grades, and an immunization record.

The school offers differentiated path to knowledge, and student learn through hands-on experiences wherever possible: using geometry to solve carpentry problems, learning to read the driver’s education manuals with the reading specialist, understanding biology through chicken farming and working in the greenhouse.  Students participate in adventure-based education, skiing and snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and swimming.  Individual counseling is available.  Granite Hill School uses the Wilson Reading Method.

Students may earn diplomas from either their sending district or Granite Hill School.  The school also offers credit recovery for students who have fallen behind, as well as summer school, vocational training and work-study options.

Granite Hill School trains its teachers in differentiated instruction and practices accountability to families and school districts through frequent, data-based reporting.  The school’s philosophy rests on the teachings of John Dewey and reflects his belief in experiential education as the best and most effective teacher.  The staff practice social problem solving with students, and students develop the tools they need for better, more productive interactions with the world around them.

Posted July 23, 2012 by nhpsea

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