Award Year 2017
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 96%
- Hispanic: 1%
- Asian: 1%
- ELL: 1%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 42%
A few miles north of the state capitol of Concord, the Shaker Regional School District serves the mostly-rural communities of the towns of Belmont and Canterbury, New Hampshire. Where the landscape is awe inspiring in all seasons, a brief look into the district's only middle school will show the diversity of characters and cultures that build within its students the beauty that matches the surroundings.
Belmont Middle School began in 1998 with the splitting off of the high school into their new facility. We quickly added fifth and sixth grades to our seventh and eighth, transitioning to the middle school model and philosophy. We have a history of attracting and keeping excellent leaders, faculty, and staff. Consistent community support of school budgets has allowed growth and technological advances that have enriched the educational program.
Faculty and administration are constantly bettering our students' experience through our adoption of special programs and student supports. Implementation of an Intervention model has proven to be a turning point for us. It has been very successful in targeting student learning, and we have seen great benefits in state and local testing scores. Reflection, review, and rewriting of our district mission and vision, have resulted in community strategic planning events, bringing several generations of our community family together with the common goal of linking the students to the community as a whole.
Our adolescent bulldogs move on into high school as strong young men and women, engaged in lifelong learning in an ever changing world.