#30 Middle School in NH and #2 in Strafford County

Dover Middle School

16 Daley Dr, Dover, NH 03820

How Good is Dover Middle School?

Report Card

A- Academic Results
A- Learning Enviroment
B School Safety
A- Overall Grade

Dover Middle School is located in Dover, New Hampshire. The school reports an enrollment of 1180 students in grades 5-8 and a student–teacher ratio of 16 students per teacher.

When compared to other schools in New Hampshire it is above average and has received and a grade of A- from The School Review. Of middle schools, Dover Middle School ranks 30 in the state and 2 for its county.

The School Review uses U.S. Department of Education school data for our analysis. Grades for safety, academics and learning environment are calculated with these data. The overall grade is then computed through a weighted aggregation of those scores. Our methodology page has details on our grading system.


A number of factors, including New Hampshire standardized test scores, are used to calculate a school’s academics score. For academics, Dover Middle School performs above average when compared to other middle schools in New Hampshire and received the grade of A- for this measure.

Source: NH Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A-
Test Performance Very Good
Algebra 1 Passed N/A

Learning Enviroment

To evaluate the learning environment at a school we compare a variety of factors like teacher certifications, experience and chronic absenteeism. Dover Middle School earned a grade of A- for learning environment. For this measure, this school is above average when compared to other middle schools in New Hampshire.

Students : Teacher
NH Avg. 12
Uncertified Teachers
NH Avg. 1%
New Teachers
NH Avg. 9%
Learning Enviroment Grade A-
Student–Teacher Ratio Good
Student Absenteeism Very Good
Teacher Absenteeism Excellent
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Very Good


Suspension rates and number of physical altercations are used to determine a school’s safety. Dover Middle School performs average compared to other New Hampshire middle schools for safety. The school's grade for this metric is B.

Safety Grade B
In-School Suspensions Very Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Good
Physical Altercations N/A


The demographics of the student body at Dover Middle School are summarized below. Demographics are not used when evaluating a school.

Students w/ Disablities
NH Avg. 15%
Free Lunch
NH Avg. 22%
Econ. Disadvantaged
NH Avg. 27%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 1,180
Minority Students 221
Diversity Index 21
Students with Disablities 176
Economically Disadvantaged 30%
Limited English Proficiency 4%
Gifted Students N/A

Compare Nearby Schools

Included below are middle schools close to Dover Middle School. Use the table to compare The School Review’s grades for these nearby schools. All Dover schools can be viewed on the Dover, New Hampshire schools directory page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Seacoast Charter School B+ A C- N/A
2 Oyster River Middle School A+ A+ A- A+
3 Marshwood Middle School A A A- A
4 Somersworth Middle School C C- B+ B
5 Barrington Middle School B+ B A- A

Dover Middle School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are at Dover Middle School? The school reported 1180 enrolled students to the U.S Dept of Education.
  • Is Dover Middle School a good school? The school received an overall grade of A-, which means it is above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Dover Middle School in? The school is located in Strafford County.
  • How can I contact Dover Middle School? The school's number is (603) 516-7200. You can visit their website at http://www.dover.k12.nh.us/DMS.
  • Where is Dover Middle School? 16 Daley Dr, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

How we rate schools?

We rank middle schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics primarily using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of middle schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics from the percent of students who passed Algebra I in 8th grade, which indicates a college academic track. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, or chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Seacoast Charter School
171 Watson Road Dover, NH 03820
Oyster River Middle School
1 Coe Dr Durham, NH 03824
Marshwood Middle School
626 H.L. Dow Highway Eliot, ME 03903
Somersworth Middle School
7 Memorial Dr Somersworth, NH 03878
Barrington Middle School
51 Haley Dr Barrington, NH 03825