Bedford High School

Summary:

Bedford High School is a public high school serving 1,391 students in grades 9-13, located in the town of Bedford, New Hampshire. The school is part of the Bedford School District, which is ranked 7th out of 161 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Bedford High School consistently ranks among the top high schools in New Hampshire, ranking 5th out of 85 schools for the 2022-2023 school year. This is reflected in its strong academic performance, with students outperforming the state average in proficiency rates for the NH SAS and SAT assessments across all subjects. While the student population is predominantly white (80.52%), Bedford High School has a relatively diverse student body compared to nearby schools like Souhegan Coop High School and Goffstown High School, with significant percentages of Asian (7.76%) and multi-racial (6.97%) students. Additionally, Bedford High School has a very low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (4.82%), indicating a relatively affluent student population compared to schools like Manchester School of Technology and Manchester Memorial High School.

One of the key factors that sets Bedford High School apart is its low student-teacher ratio of 13:1, which is lower than the ratios of most nearby schools. This suggests a more personalized learning environment for students, which may contribute to the school's consistent academic excellence. Overall, Bedford High School stands out as a high-performing, diverse, and well-resourced school within the broader context of the surrounding schools in the region, making it an attractive option for families in the area.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 47B Nashua Rd.
       Bedford, NH  03110-5527


(603) 310-9000

District: Bedford School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
5th of 85 New Hampshire High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,660 Help


Feeder schools for Bedford High School:

Elementary:    Memorial School
    Peter Woodbury School
    Riddle Brook School
Middle:    McKelvie Intermediate School
    Ross A. Lurgio Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.0 Help
Number of students:  1,391

Racial breakdown:

White:
80.5%
Asian:
7.8%
Two or more races:
7.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.8% Help


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Compare Details Bedford High School ranks better than 94.1% of high schools in New Hampshire. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.78. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (80.5%), Asian (7.8%), two or more races (7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 4.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bedford High School is 13. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bedford High School is $14,660.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bedford High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Bedford High School 5th of 85 New Hampshire public high schools. (See Bedford High School in the ranking list.)

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Bedford School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bedford School District 7th of 161 New Hampshire school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Bedford High School

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Rank History for all students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 92.85 4th 81 95.1%
2011 93.82 1st 81 98.8%
2012 93.39 2nd 83 97.6%
2013 92.12 3rd 83 96.4%
2014 88.67 5th 85 94.1%
2016 96.82 3rd 84 96.4%
2017 92.47 5th 82 93.9%
2018 95.22 4th 81 95.1%
2019 90.12 5th 71 93.0%
2021 88.64 7th 84 91.7%
2022 90.55 8th 85 90.6%
2023 93.78 5th 85 94.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 82.84 1st 7 85.7%
2023 89.79 1st 10 90.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 61.88 10th 32 68.8%
2023 57.57 15th 29 48.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 93.07 5th 79 93.7%
2023 96.24 4th 78 94.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 85.86 9th 78 88.5%
2023 86.21 10th 78 87.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.44 5th 16 68.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 88.26 2nd 11 81.8%
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Rank History for White students at Bedford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 87.12 8th 85 90.6%
2023 92.70 5th 83 94.0%
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Data source: test scores: New Hampshire Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: New Hampshire Department of Education

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by a student
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Open Quote First of all, I am a Bedford student. From a normal kid who wants nothing more than specific classes that I need in order to peruse my future in building the school makes you go through all these bullshit starting classes first. you have to wait until your junior year to start this journey, where they have the option to send you to an ENTIRE another school for 1/3 of the day, just to do something you love. second of all the whole diversity low grading is the most retarded thing I've ever heard. We don't have a diverse school because we discriminate, we have one because no one of colour wants to enrol because of the stereotype. The science program is the worst I've ever seen. History is good, math is good, reading and writing are ok, and the languages are bad. very liberal school, and doesn't encourage free thinking. Overall score D. Oh wait I can't give Ds... Bedford high school doesn't believe in Ds. Bedford high school has the dumbest most useless style of grading students. We have what is called compenticies. This means all of your work ( that is graded ) is divided into multiple parts. ( usually between 3-4). You are graded on these 3-4 parts instead of the entire project as a whole. Meaning that it is possible to have your kid come home from school, have an 89 in a class, but still technically be failing and eligible for summer school, which you would then have to pay for. Not a single student or parent I Have asked has said this was a smart move of the boards part. Hey, look on the bright side, we have excellent sports. You may fail academically like a majority of the intelligent kids I hang out with, but you can always have that Bulldog Pride. WOOF Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, April 28, 2014

Open Quote Bedford is a strong community, it has many smart students and supportive parents. Academics is excellent, Athletics is super! Close Quote


Facebook Profile Picture by a parent on FaceBook
Friday, July 27, 2012

Open Quote I have two children in Bedford High. The education they are receiving and the life skills are second to none. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Bedford High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 569 3 7 9 0 n/a n/a 0 588
2009 905 7 16 11 0 n/a n/a 0 939
2010 1192 0 2 10 0 0 7 0 1211
2011 1174 6 30 29 2 1 34 0 1276
2012 1220 5 42 21 2 1 36 0 1327
2013 1215 7 39 20 2 1 44 0 1328
2014 1282 10 47 18 2 1 48 0 1408
2015 1327 15 56 20 2 2 46 0 1468
2016 1322 20 56 26 0 3 50 0 1477
2017 1319 19 71 32 0 2 49 0 1492
2018 1300 23 74 31 3 4 56 0 1491
2019 1322 16 89 32 3 3 60 0 1525
2020 1279 13 92 34 3 4 72 0 1497
2021 1239 14 101 33 3 4 86 0 1480
2022 1193 11 123 37 0 3 84 0 1451
2023 1120 14 108 50 0 2 97 0 1391

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Bedford High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 588 47.0 12.5 2.9
2009 939 72.3 13.0 2.8
2010 1211 90.2 13.4 4
2011 1276 92.0 13.8 4.4
2012 1327 91.7 14.4 4.1
2013 1328 94.7 14.0 4.1
2014 1408 96.0 14.6 5.2
2015 1468 101.0 14.5 6.1
2016 1477 103.0 14.3 6.4
2017 1492 102.6 14.5 5.6
2018 1491 99.8 14.9 3.9
2019 1525 103.0 14.8 4.1
2020 1497 103.6 14.4 3.7
2021 1480 103.3 14.3 2.4
2022 1451 98.9 14.6 3.8
2023 1391 106.2 13.0 4.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Bedford High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 588 47.0 12.5 2.9
2009 939 72.3 13.0 2.8
2010 1211 90.2 13.4 4
2011 1276 92.0 13.8 4.4
2012 1327 91.7 14.4 4.1
2013 1328 94.7 14.0 4.1
2014 1408 96.0 14.6 5.2
2015 1468 101.0 14.5 6.1
2016 1477 103.0 14.3 6.4
2017 1492 102.6 14.5 5.6
2018 1491 99.8 14.9 3.9
2019 1525 103.0 14.8 4.1
2020 1497 103.6 14.4 3.7
2021 1480 103.3 14.3 2.4
2022 1451 98.9 14.6 3.8
2023 1391 106.2 13.0 4.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bedford High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $14,660

Data source: New Hampshire Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Bedford High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5th of 71 High schoolsRanks 5th of 85 High schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Science (Bedford High School)5758
 1%
   11th Grade Science (Bedford School District)5758
 1%
   11th Grade Science (New Hampshire)4141
11th Grade Mathematics (Bedford High School)6366
 3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Bedford School District)6366
 3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (New Hampshire)4235
 7%
11th Grade Reading (Bedford High School)8585
   11th Grade Reading (Bedford School District)8585
   11th Grade Reading (New Hampshire)6359
 4%
All Grades Mathematics (Bedford High School)6366
 3%
   All Grades Mathematics (Bedford School District)7874
 4%
   All Grades Mathematics (New Hampshire)4842
 6%
All Grades Reading (Bedford High School)8585
   All Grades Reading (Bedford School District)7979
   All Grades Reading (New Hampshire)5652
 4%
All Grades Science (Bedford High School)5758
 1%
   All Grades Science (Bedford School District)5761
 4%
   All Grades Science (New Hampshire)4037
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15251391
 8.8%
African American1614
 12.5%
American Indian30
 100%
Asian89108
 21.3%
Hispanic3250
 56.3%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White13221120
 15.3%
Two or More Races6097
 61.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients4.1%4.8%
 0.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Bedford High School

Students at Bedford High School are 81% White, 8% Asian, 7% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic, 1% African American.

Bedford High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Memorial School
Elementary : Peter Woodbury School
Elementary : Riddle Brook School
Middle : McKelvie Intermediate School
Middle : Ross A. Lurgio Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,391 students attended Bedford High School.

Yes. Bedford High School ranks in the top 5.9% of New Hampshire high schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Hampshire Department of Education.

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