High School Strategy

For Students Entering Grades 9-12
Tuition Agreement – Formal agreement
between the Hooksett School District (sender)
and another School District (receiver)
◦ Minimum 10 years in length per NH Department Of
Education (NHDOE)
◦ Describes expectations for sending and receiving
school districts
◦ Superintendent may assign students to schools of
record under a tuition agreement
◦ Must be approved by voters
Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) – Less
formal agreement between sending and
receiving school districts
◦ No term length minimums or maximums
◦ School Board approves an MOU, no voter approval
◦ Assignment of child to school initiated by parent or
guardian, not Superintendent
◦ Receiving school describes a maximum number of
students allowed to attend from sending school
◦ Amount of tuition agreed upon by the two parties is
Tuition Agreement Schools (High Schools
of Record or Anchor Schools) – Public High
schools approved by the voters to send all
high school aged students. Receiving high
schools are registered with the State of NH
DOE. Formal tuition agreements exist
between the Hooksett school district and
the receiving high school district.
M.O.U. Schools (Satellite Schools)– Public
high schools approved by the Hooksett
School Board, to send a limited amount of
Hooksett high school aged students, after
the parent or guardian requests such an
assignment. Usually space is limited and
that maximum limitation is defined within
the MOU between Hooksett and the
receiving high school district.
The Hooksett High School
Placement Policy is indeed a
Hooksett School Board Policy
Used by the Hooksett
Superintendent of Schools
Used for the purpose of reducing
lists of interested students provided
to Satellite Schools
Only used when the number of
students exceeds the maximum
allowable number provided by the
Satellite School
The decision of the Superintendent
is final
Siblings Currently Attending School
Siblings Previously Attended School
Physical Location of Student’s Home in
proximity to satellite school
Preference for school size
Preference of program offerings not
offered at other Satellite Schools
Family tradition of attending school
First come first serve
Application deadline
Policy only used when number of requests
for enrollment for a Satellite School
exceeds the number of available spaces
available at that school:
Application Deadline – No requests
accepted for consideration after
application deadline. Late submissions
accepted only by the discretion of the
First Preference Consideration – List of
students is derived by the weight of their
preference on the high school placement
request form. For example, for Satellite
School X, all applicants who selected
School X as their first preference would
be entered in the first round selection of
Siblings Currently Enrolled – If the applicant has a
sibling currently attending the Satellite School,
that student automatically is added to the list
provided to the receiving school. In the remote
chance that the applicants being considered all
have siblings, then no student is automatically
added to the list. Note: The only reason that any
weight at all is given for siblings is to reduce the
amount scheduling conflicts and transportation
issues that could be potentially experienced by the
parent or guardian if the children of the same
family attended different schools.
Lottery System – In a public forum, on a date no
later than <lottery_date> the Superintendent will
insert names of applicants listed on identical strips
of paper, calling out each name as it is entered
into the lottery container. The Superintendent will
then blindly and randomly select one by one,
strips of paper out of the container that have the
student names on them, and read the names aloud
as they are selected. The names will be recorded
until the maximum number of students as stated
in the receiving school MOU is reached.
Policy JCB – The parents of the remaining
students are notified that they were not
randomly drawn. If those parents wish
to pursue an opportunity directly with
the Superintendent of the Satellite
School, and use policy JCB to acquire an
available seat (if one exists) the Hooksett
School Board and/or Superintendent will
support this.
Alternative Preference Selection – If the
list to be provided to the Satellite School
is not completely filled in the first
selection round, additional rounds of
selection may occur, following the same
process, but following the weight of
preference selection (for example second
preference, third preference, etc.)
List Finalization – Two weeks after the
public lottery list creation, the lists will
be officially finalized, and provided to
the Satellite Schools for confirmation of
enrollment. This two week period is the
time parents may seek to use policy JCB
to secure a position within a Satellite
School for their child.
Records Retention – The finalized lists
provided to the Satellite Schools along
with each high school placement request
form will be maintained by the office of
the Superintendent until the month of
January of the next school year. This is
done to ensure if there are any questions
about the application or assignment
process, proper records are retained.
Note: We hope to perform this task
electronically in the future, so storage of
documentation will all be done
The Hooksett School Board has defined
a fair policy for the Superintendent to
Parents and custodians have multiple
chances for unique educational
opportunities for their children
The lottery system is a fair process for
nearly all children to have an equal
chance at selection. Adding too many
variables becomes overcomplicated.
Siblings are prioritized only in
consideration of parent/custodian
conflicts with transportation and
scheduled events at the school
Hooksett New Hampshire maintains a unique opportunity for
high school aged students, where we maintain two quality
school districts of record. Specifically Manchester
Central/West High Schools and Pinkerton Academy are the
“anchor” public schools maintained for Hooksett families and
their children.
Hooksett provides unique, albeit smaller opportunities with
what we refer to as Satellite School Districts which are currently
Londonderry, Bow and Pembroke. If you are interested in a
Satellite School opportunity for your child (none is required),
please enter the letter corresponding to your first preference
on the High School Placement Request form. If you wish, you
may also add a second and even third preference if no slots are
available within your first preference school. Finally, in the
chance that the Satellite School does not have enough available
space, or your child does not intend to request an enrollment
option within the Satellite Schools, please select a preferred
Anchor School option.
Note 1: The responsibility for transportation and tuition
differences with satellite schools lies solely with the parents
and/or guardians of the Hooksett high school aged child.
Note 2: The Hooksett School District makes no guarantees
that a family’s first, second or even third preference of a
Satellite School will be approved due to the capacity limitations
at those schools, which is why it is important to select an
anchor school that is preferred.
High School placement request forms, accepted starting _________________ must be
received by the Hooksett School District no later than _________________. The forms will
be maintained by the Superintendent’s office. If you have any questions, please contact
Superintendent Littlefield at [email protected] or 603-622-3731.
Satellite School Options
No satellite school requested [default]
Bow High School, Bow, NH
Londonderry High School, Londonderry, NH
Pembroke Academy, Pembroke, NH (If MOU approved)
Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH (If MOU approved vs. tuition agreement)
Anchor School Options
Student assignment made by Superintendent [default]
Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH (If tuition agreement approved)
Manchester Central/West High School, Manchester, NH
Instructions: Place a letter next to the available space(s) below corresponding to the
Satellite and Anchor School options listed above.
If spaces are left blank, Satellite School default is option A while Anchor School default
is option F.
I request that __________________________________ be considered for enrollment to
a Satellite School in order of preference below:
Satellite School Preference(s):
#1____#2____ #3____ #4____
Anchor School Preference (choose only 1): #1____
Parent/Guardian Signature:___________________________________
Date: ___________________________________

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