Portsmouth High School has a student enrollment of roughly 1100 and services the towns of Rye, New Castle, Greenland, Newington and Portsmouth. PHS works on a 4 by 4 block schedule. This means that there are 4 quarters in a school year and a student takes 4 classes each quarter. Some classes are 1 quarter long, some 2 quarters, and a few are 3 quarters. A student must earn 26 credits to graduate and complete a specified distribution of required classes.
Elective courses at PHS are heterogeneously grouped while many of the required core classes are homogeneously grouped. These include English, social studies, and some science classes. Math tends to automatically become homogeneously grouped by the course the student selects.
Course levels are:
Advanced Placement (beginning grade 10)
Honors (English, Math (new 2015) and Science for grade 9/ more classes beginning grade 10)
Advanced College Prep
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