Demographics

Total Enrollment: 1,950

Students identified as students with disabilities: 22.0%
Students indentified as economically disadvantaged: 46.0%
Students identified as minority: 15.0%
Students identified as English language learners: 5.0%

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SAU 56

Compasses have long been used to navigate from point A to point B. However, the accuracy of the navigation process is dependent, in part, on knowing the "true north." The professionals who comprise SAU 56 believe their true north is the education of children in ways that prepare each of them to be college and/or career ready and contribute to the greater community. "Our big ideas are our compass," explained Assistant Superintendent Bob Marquis. Marquis, described by his colleagues as the major implementation driver, refers to the district's stated beliefs in talking about the big ideas used by adults across the district to ground their collective work in the improvement of universal core instruction for all children in the district.

We want it to be about who we are, not what we do.

– Bob Marquis, Assistant Superintendent, SAU 56

New Hampshire has 177 school districts organized into 71 Supervisory Administrative Units (SAUs). An SAU functions as the administrative component and employs a superintendent of schools. Some SAUs are comprised of a single district, while others have two or more school districts that share administrative services and the superintendent's office. SAU 56, which comprises the Somersworth and Rollingsford school districts, is considered an urban district. Settled before 1700 as part of Dover, Somersworth was an early mill town. Today, with a population of about 12,000, Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire's 13 cities. The Somersworth School District has four schools: Somersworth High School, Somersworth Middle School, Idlehurst Elementary School, and Maple Wood Elementary School. The Rollingsford School District has one school – the Rollingsford Grade School (RGS) – serving approximately 200 first- through sixth-grade students.

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Our Partners

  • NATIONAL ASSOCATION OF STATE DIRECTORS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (NASDSE)
  • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AFL-CIO
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION (NASBE)

National Center on Education Outcomes

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Supported by: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs