Hampshire Country School

Rindge, New Hampshire, USA view map
All Boys, No Religious Affiliation

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A small school providing a manageable world, adult attention, support both in and out of class, and a good education for up to 25 high ability boys. Traditional courses taught in classes of 3-6 put every student near the teacher. Family-style dorms house 5-8 students. Outdoor activities include sledding, canoeing, hiking, camping, and caring for farm animals. Informally-played sports include soccer, touch football, floor hockey, and tennis. Arts activities include drawing, pottery, music lessons, and drama. All faculty live on campus. Faculty and students join together for three sit-down meals each day. Weekends include both scheduled activities and time for relaxation and independent play.

Hampshire Country School may be an especially good choice for those boys who find large schools overwhelming or overstimulating, including boys with nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD/NVLD), Asperger's, ADHD, or executive function difficulties.

HCS is primarily a middle school, but students may remain through high school. The usual entering age is 8 to 12 years old.

28 Patey Circle, Rindge, New Hampshire, USA 03461

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Director of Admission: William Dickerman
Admissions Phone:603-899-3325Fax:603-899-6521
Email: admissions@hampshirecountryschool.net Website: www.hampshirecountryschool.org

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $
  • International Application Fee: $
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No

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  • Founded: 1948
  • Campus Size: 1700 acres
  • Grades Offered:
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 3rd-12th
Girls     0 0 0
Boys     25 0 25
Total     25 0 25

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $51,500
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: N/A
  • Payment Plans: Not Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 0.00%
  • Average Awarded: $0
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $1,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $40,000

Summary: Hampshire Country School students receive a solid education taught in classes of 3 to 6 students. Students in grades 3 through 6 have a somewhat flexible program as they study reading, writing, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Both the schedule and the content for elementary classes can vary to adapt to student strengths and weaknesses and to take advantage of changing energy levels and interests. Students in grade 7 and above study English, science, history, math, and a foreign language. Specific course offerings vary from year to year.

Average Class Size: 4

Full Time Teachers: 7

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 28.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1/4

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Unusual amount of teacher contact & attention.
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Supportive environment throughout the school.
  • Writing, literature, & grammar in all classes.
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Civics
Foreign Languages:
  • German
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Elementary school social studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Science
  • General Science
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • General Math (7th and 8th Grade)
Computer Studies:
Performing/Visual Arts:
Special Programs:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:

Summary: Hampshire Country School provides a friendly, home-style school community especially suitable for the young student far from home. All students are 7-day boarders. All faculty live on campus. Student dorms, with single and double bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, house 5 to 7 students and their dorm parent. Faculty and students sit down together in the school dining room for all meals. Weekends and afternoons after classes include scheduled activities as well as free time for reading, board games, and lots of healthy indoor and outdoor play.

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 4

Average Students Per Dorm: 6

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Full kitchen and living/play room 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: School is taken seriously, but so is healthy play. Some dorm groups play outdoor tag games almost every evening after completing their study hour. Sports such as tennis, soccer, and touch football are played actively but informally for fun rather than serious competition. Favorite winter activities include sledding and buiding snow forts. Hiking, exploring, and camping in the school's extensive woods are common activities, as are canoeing and fishing on the school's ponds. Board games and card games of many kinds are popular indoor activities, as are reading, building models, and sketching. Many students take beginning and intermediate music lessons (piano, voice, and brass instruments), and two or three short plays are produced and performed each year. The most important characteristic of the school, however, is just the constant, active involvement of children and adults of all ages living together in a small school community.


  • Rustic 1700 acre campus & nature preserve.

Clubs and Organizations


Summary: Art, music, drama, and recreational sports are all a comfortable part of the Hampshire Country School life style. Piano, singing, and brass instrument lessons are available on a beginning and intermediate level. Drawing, painting, and pottery are taught as after-school activities. Students put on two or three short plays each year. Sports, including tennis, touch football, soccer, kickball, Wiffleball, basketball, and floor hockey are played for fun on a recreational level. A few ski trips are taken each year to a nearby ski area. Canoeing and fishing are available on the school's lakes, as are hiking and camping in the school's extensive woods.

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Drama Club
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kick Ball
  • Outdoor Education
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Touch football Climbing Wall

Summary: Hampshire Country School is primarily a junior boarding school, and most students transfer to other independent schools to complete their high school education. After high school graduation, whether from Hampshire Country School or other schools, almost all attend college. For most students, a small, personal college is the best choice; but the college choices range from community colleges to top intellectual schools.

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 85.00%

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Temple Grandin (Class of 1976) International authority on livestock management and autism.

Quotes from Alumni