Thank you for your interest in the Academy for Science and Design (ASD), a public charter school for students in grades 6-12.  New Hampshire faces a critical shortage of students who develop and sustain their interest in STEM fields from elementary school through college.  Academy for Science and Design, the state of New Hampshire’s top-performing public school and largest STEM-specialty school, is aimed at expanding students’ interest and ability in STEM locally and statewide.   ASD was recognized by U.S. News and World Reports in 2018 as the number one high school in New Hampshire, is a National Blue Ribbon School, and was selected by Newsweek in 2015 and 2016 as a Top 50 Best American High School.

Serving as both a public, open-enrollment middle school and high school with a STEM-focus, the Academy for Science and Design is committed to engaging a diversity of student learners at both of these levels through an exemplary structure for broadening student access to STEM-focused learning opportunities.   Accordingly, ASD’s program design is the school’s signature strategy for the academic success of the variety of students who enter the school - a strategy focused on providing early exposure to opportunities in STEM that younger students may be unaware of, and then encouraging and supporting those students as they pursue a highly personalized pathway to a specialized STEM field in high school.

ASD’s middle school program provides younger students the chance to explore, where by design all students are exposed to aerospace, physics, environmental science, engineering, computer science, biology, and chemistry.   Students completing ASD’s middle school program enter high school either as students continuing into ASD’s more specialized STEM curriculum or as students moving into district or private institutions with both a keen awareness of these fields, and knowledge about their potential interests and abilities to continue to study such fields. These exploratory courses, often taught by industry professionals, combined with their engagement in ASD's many planned and incidental learning experiences, have a profound and lasting impact on students, including those who may have been only curious about STEM upon enrolling in ASD.

If you have any questions after reviewing all the pages in the Admissions section, please feel free to contact me at


Bonnie Doyle
Admissions Coordinator and Registrar

The Academy for Science and Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, national/ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in its programs, activities, admissions and employment practices. This refers to, but is not limited to, the provisions of the following laws:

  • Titles IV, VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - race color, national origin

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) - sex

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) - disability

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) - disability

  • NH Law against discrimination (RSA 354-A)

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