Hampshire Country School

28 Patey Circle
Rindge, NH 03461
Tel: 603-899-3325
Island Pond covers 39 acres and is used regularly for canoeing, swimming and fishing.
Island Pond covers 39 acres and is used regularly for canoeing, swimming and fishing.
  • Hampshire Country School is a small boarding school where boys who have very high intellectual ability but require too much attention for larger schools can thrive, excel, and have friends.
  • It is designed to provide a solid education, healthy activities, and all the support of a camp-like boarding school community.
  • The best entering ages are 8 to 11 years old.
  • Most students are of middle school age. A few may remain through high school graduation, but most transfer elsewhere to compete high school.
  • Most students have had difficulty in large schools, perhaps because they are socially young for their age, need a tremendous amount of adult attention, may be disruptive, are emotionally complex, or are more interested in intellectual than athletic pursuits.
  • Despite difficulties they may have had elsewhere, they are a likeable group that want to please adults and wish they could excel at everything.
  • Students may carry such diagnoses as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities, or poor executive function.
  • The school is not for students who have ever experimented with or used alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs.
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Hampshire Country School
School Focus Junior Boarding School
Grades (Boarding) Grades 3-12
School Type All-boys
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational
Year Founded 1948
Campus Size 1700 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 21 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Collared shirts required for classes. Jackets & ties, for Sunday dinner.)
Average Class Size 4 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:2
Number of AP Courses Offered n/a
ESL Courses Offered No
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes


Endowment Size $1 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(All-inclusive tuition)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships Offered No


Application Deadline None / Rolling
Accepts Standardized Application No
Director of Admissions William Dickerman


Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars Canoe Club, Drama Club, Drawing, Floor Hockey, Hiking Club, Kickball, Music lessons (piano, brass, singing), Soccer, Tennis

School Notes

  • All students are boarding students. Most faculty live on campus.
  • The ideal student is bright, has a good heart, and wants to please but may have had serious difficulty adjusting socially to large schools and complex social environments.
  • Traditional courses in history, English, math, science, and a foreign language are taught in classes of 3 to 6 students. Courses are designed for students who have high ability in some areas but may have serious gaps in other areas and who may need more teacher attention and reminders than would be available in most schools.
  • Students and faculty sit down together for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the school dining room.
  • Home-style dorms with single and double student rooms, a living room, and a kitchen house 4 to 7 students and a resident dorm parent.
  • Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, recreation-level sports (floor hockey, tennis, soccer, touch football, etc.), sledding, capture the flag, building snow forts, and lots of informal outdoor play.
  • Indoor activities include art, music lessons, drama, cooking, and board games.
  • Typical student interests include reading, drawing, discussing intellectual trivia, looking for frogs and salamanders, building with Legos, playing Magic and Warhammer, fishing, and chasing through the woods.
  • Hampshire Country School provides an active, structured, supportive environment but one that at the same time is comfortable and relaxed, with time for individual contemplation and play.
  • Behavioral and educational expectations are high, but Hampshire Country School is a forgiving and supportive place with room for making mistakes.
  • The 1700-acre campus includes fields, streams, ponds, and a 1400-acre nature preserve (the Wapack Wilderness).
  • Hampshire Country School is not appropriate for students who have used or experimented with alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.
  • With its nurturing environment, 100% boarding population, and on-campus faculty, HCS is an excellent choice for students far from home, including Americans living abroad.
  • LD types supported: High ability with Nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger
  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Temple Grandin - Internationally prominent authority on livestock management and autism.
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