Whitefield school shines in graduation rate rankings
An emphasis on positive dispositions is just one factor that may be responsible for the White Mountains Regional High School being ranked among the best high schools in the state, said Harry Fenson, superintendent of the five-town school district.
"It's the idea of struggling through and persevering, not giving up," he said.
Last week, U.S. News & World Report issued a list of the Top 10 high schools in the state. Most were from affluent bedroom communities such as Bedford, Bow and Hopkinton. Two — Plymouth and Hanover — host colleges.
Fenson said the ranking is nothing new to White Mountain. The high school actually dropped a couple of notches; last year it was ranked No. 3.
• contracted with Antioch University New England to train instructors in teaching critical thinking skills;
• integrated Common Core into its curriculum four years ago;
• researched and devised the disposition program on its own;
Fenson said he's had flat budgets in four of the last five years.