Quality education is a top priority in the Lakes Region area. The region offers a wide variety of schools, academic programs and early learning initiatives that promote academic excellence and a lifetime of student success.
Laconia School District includes five elementary, middle and high schools along with special education programs and advanced learning initiatives to keep students engaged. Inter-Lakes School District serves more than 1,100 students in four schools. The Franklin and Hill School District includes two elementary, one middle and one high school, which also houses a preschool program.
Winnisquam Regional School District received the NH Scholars Champion Award for developing effective and successful partnerships to better student progress. Two area high schools, Belmont High School of the Shaker Regional School District and Gilford High School of the Gilford School District, rank among the Best High Schools and were awarded national bronze medals by U.S. News & World Report.
Huot Technical Center
Combining classroom instruction and hands-on learning, the Huot Technical Center in Laconia provides 14 career and technical education programs to high school students in the Lakes Region area. Students participating in these programs make two-year commitments to complete programs, such as automotive technology or early childhood education, which provide the basic instruction and skills necessary to enter to today’s highly competitive job market. These programs offer many advantages to area students.
“We partner with many local businesses,” says Scott Davis, career and technical education director of Huot Technical Center. “Students develop a real sense of what a career pathway involves, and what education and training is needed for the next step in that pursuit.”
Lakes Region Community College
Lakes Region Community College has provided area residents with quality post-secondary educational opportunities for more than 39 years. The college offers more than 40 degree and certificate programs, including early childhood education, computer technologies and fire science. Students can also benefit from guaranteed transfer programs to other area colleges, allowing them to obtain more advanced degrees in their chosen fields.
“We have programs for students right out of high school and certificate programs for those who have been employed and are looking to improve, advance or develop new skills and knowledge,” says Scott Kalicki, president of Lakes Region Community College. “An excellent way to reduce the cost of a four-year degree program is to complete the first two years with us.”
Early Learning Programs
READY! for Kindergarten is an early learning initiative sponsored by Laconia School District and the Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, working in partnership with Lakes Region United Way. This program allows parents and children who live within the Laconia School District to work together to develop skills they need to ensure their success as they transition to school. Parents take classes and then apply what they learn through "purposeful play" with their children at home and in the community. Classes are held several times at year, rotating among three Laconia elementary schools.