The Monadnock Region Public Schools of Choice (MRPSOC) grant program began in the fall of 2002 and came to a close September 30th, 2007. Antioch New England Institute served as the grant manager for the program.
MRPSOC supported ten local school-choice programs or schools. Programs and schools included: The Monadnock Regional High School (MRHS) Law, Public Safety and Security Pathway Program; The MRHS GIS Pathway Program; The MRHS Arts and Academics program; The Virtual High School; The Keene Middle School Arts and Academics Program; The Wells Memorial World Language Program; The Westmoreland School Technology Program; The Monadnock Community Connections School (MC2); The Keene State College Accelerated High School Program; and The Hinsdale Middle and High School Community Building and Engagement Program.
OVERVIEW: The MRPSOC grant brought a sustainable, small-town approach to voluntary public school choice. The grant’s many programs improved the educational choices in SAUs 38 and 29 in southwestern New Hampshire. Specifically, MRPSOC partially opened the enrollment among area high schools and supported the planning and development of four to five more appropriately scaled alternative high schools or school-within-a-school programs in the area. MRPSOC also expanded choice policies and programs as well as transportation models for the region’s elementary and secondary schools.
Training, Support and Parental Involvement
Jump-starting new schools or programs is not a stand-alone process, however. For that reason, the MRPSOC grant provided support for ancillary programs. Programs to train principals, teachers, school board members, and Selectmen have begun or are in the works. Newsletters and fliers brought parents and students up to speed on local choices, and a school choice placement counselor has been hired to guide families as well as school administrators through the placement process.
MRPSOC brought new public school choices to southwestern New Hampshire and enhanced the quality of education that existing schools provided. The program served 17 towns in the Monadnock Region: Chesterfield, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Westmoreland, and Winchester.
Click on the following two links to see the New Hampshire Public School Choice booklet. This book highlighted two MRPSOC-supported programs and 15 other exciting New Hampshire choice programs or schools.