At its core, Hanover is a community of teachers and learners. Known as the home of the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College, the town features one of the most highly regarded public school systems in New England. Hanover and Norwich are principals in the Dresden School District, which was the first interstate school district in the nation.
With approximately 760 students, the newly renovated Hanover High School features a faculty that would be the envy of many small colleges. The school regularly sends upwards of 90 percent of its students to colleges, including many of the finest schools in the country. Hanover’s wide-ranging athletic program repeatedly wins state championships in a variety of sports, as well as music, science and quiz bowl competitions. Newly built Richmond Middle School, Ray Elementary School in Hanover, Marion Cross School in Norwich and Lyme Elementary School prepare students for the challenging curriculum at the high school.
Crossroads Academy in Lyme is an acclaimed private day school for children, K through eighth grade, which combines a rich academic curriculum with a broad concern for character development.
From a host of preschools to Montessori Children’s School to Kimball Union Academy in nearby Meriden, NH, to Granite State College and the groundbreaking Rassias Foundation for learning languages, the Hanover Area is alive with learning opportunities.
Top students at Hanover High take courses at Dartmouth, which features 4,300 undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students. All told, Dartmouth offers 17 graduate programs in the arts and sciences and three graduate professional schools – the Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering and the Amos Tuck School of Business. Virtually anywhere on and close to campus, visitors can access the weather, travel information or their email through Dartmouth Public, the college’s free Wi-Fi portal.
Following a major expansion, Hanover’s Howe Library features 79,000 volumes, three meeting rooms for nonprofit groups, banks of Internet-ready computers and, like the Norwich Library, open Wi-Fi access. The satellite Etna Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, features 6,000 volumes, as well as story time, a summer reading program and other special programs for children. The libraries of Dartmouth College also are open to the public. The Montshire Museum is an award-winning, hands-on science museum whose 110-acre facility opened in Norwich, VT, in 1989. It hosts 150,000 visitors annually, including 25,000 school children from New Hampshire and Vermont.