Gilford High School, home of the Golden Eagles, is located in the historic center of Gilford Village. The school is situated on approximately twenty acres adjacent to town fields and recreational facilities. The original building opened in 1974 and a comprehensive high school renovation was completed in 2004.
We have a 9-12 grade configuration with a total enrollment of approximately 520 students. The town of Gilmanton also sends students to Gilford High School, and Gilmanton students comprise about one-third of the school’s population. The teaching staff totals 39.8 teachers creating a student to teacher ratio of 14:1. In addition, the professional staff includes 3.5 guidance counselors, 5 special education teachers, reading specialist, School-to-Career Coordinator, nurse, media specialist, directed study specialist, Athletic Director, and a School Resource Officer. There are also an Assistant Principal and Principal. In those classes required for graduation, the average class size is seventeen. Other than band and chorus, a strong attempt is made to limit class sizes to no more than 24 students. The average student attendance rate for the past three years is 95% percent. Gilford’s average three year drop-out rate is one per cent.
The school operates on a trimester, block schedule. The day consists of five seventy-minute periods. All students, except seniors, are expected to take five courses each trimester. Students are required to earn 23.5 credits in order to graduate. Single-trimester, half-credit courses run every day for 60 days. Thus, students have the opportunity to earn 7.5 credits each year.
Gilford High School issues a competency based diploma. Student performance in school is measured by course competencies in trimester grade reports. Each trimester-long course has from two to five essential competencies, each of which must be mastered with a passing grade before graduation credit is assigned. A final exam at the end of each trimester constitutes 15% of each course competency and course grade. Student progress each trimester is monitored through Edline, a computerized student grade reporting system that is accessible by parents and students via the internet and allows frequent and consistent monitoring of student’s performance by parents and school personnel. We are part of a regional consortium with the J.Oliva Huot Technical Center at Laconia High School which offers GHS students in grades 10 through 12 the opportunity to enroll in career and technical education programs during the school day.
Each year juniors participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAPs). This state-wide assessment consists of writing, reading, and mathematic components given in the fall and a science component given in the spring. Most students participate in the College Entrance Examination Board’s PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I & II as well as the ACT test.
GHS offers a variety of co-curricular activities for enrichment and approximately seventy percent of students participate in these activities. A sampling of student activities includes the following: Math Team, Drama, Inter-Act, Concert and Pep Band, Environmental Club, First Robotics, Youth and Government, Amnesty International, Granite State Challenge, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Gilford offers twenty-five sports and has thirty-six teams.
Gilford High School has developed numerous partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Lakes Region. These partnerships offer students the opportunity to tour, interview, shadow, and intern with people in professions of interest and become involved in community service. Many regional service and professional organizations sponsor annual scholarships to our graduates.