#11 High School in NH and #1 in Strafford County

Oyster River High School

55 Coe Dr, Durham, NH 03824

How Good is Oyster River High School?

Report Card

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

Oyster River High School is a high school in Durham, New Hampshire. It is in Strafford County. An enrollment of 764 students and a student–teacher ratio of 12 students per teacher was reported by the school.

This school received an overall grade of A. Compared to other state schools Oyster River High School scores are above average. The school ranks 1 for high schools in Strafford County and 11 in the state, when compared to similar schools.

To calculate school grades, The School Review uses data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Grades for safety, academics and learning environment are calculated with these data. These scores are combined to determine the overall grade. To learn more about how our grading works, please visit our methodology page.


Standardized test performance and SAT participation, among other factors, are used to calculate the academic grade for a high school. Oyster River High School earned a grade of A+ for academics. For this measure, this school is significantly above average when compared to other high schools in New Hampshire.

Source: NH Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A+
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Fair
SAT/ACT Participation Fair

Learning Enviroment

To evaluate the learning environment at a school we inspect a variety of factors including teacher certifications, experience and chronic absenteeism. Oyster River High School earned a grade of B+ for learning environment. For this measure, this school is slightly above average when compared to other high schools in New Hampshire.

Students : Teacher
NH Avg. 12
Uncertified Teachers
NH Avg. 2%
New Teachers
NH Avg. 9%
Learning Enviroment Grade B+
Student–Teacher Ratio Excellent
Student Absenteeism Very Good
Teacher Absenteeism Fair
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Good


Suspension and physical altercation rates are used to determine a school’s safety score. For safety, Oyster River High School performs above average when compared to other high schools in New Hampshire and earned the grade of A for this measure.

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


The demographics of the student body at Oyster River High School are summarized below. A school’s demographics are not a factor when calculating its grade.

Students w/ Disablities
NH Avg. 15%
Free Lunch
NH Avg. 19%
Econ. Disadvantaged
NH Avg. 23%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 764
Minority Students 66
Diversity Index 10
Students with Disablities 122
Economically Disadvantaged 4%
Limited English Proficiency 1%
Gifted Students N/A


A School - Only 10% of schools are awarded the distinction of being an A School. Schools that receive this grade excel in academics and cultivate a safe and effectual environment for learning. They represent many of top schools in the nation and are eligible to display our award badge on their homepage. You can download your award here.

Compare Nearby Schools

Listed below are high schools near Oyster River High School. Use the table to compare The School Review’s scores for each of the nearby schools. For a more complete directory of Durham schools, go to the Durham, New Hampshire schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Dover Senior High School B B- A B
2 Cocheco Academy for the Arts N/A N/A A A
3 Newmarket Junior-Senior High School B+ A- B+ B+
4 Marshwood High School A A B+ A
5 Somersworth High School C+ C A C-

Oyster River High School - Quick FAQ

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

  • How many students are at Oyster River High School? 764
  • Is Oyster River High 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 Oyster River High School in? The school is located in Strafford County.
  • How can I contact Oyster River High School? The school's number is (603) 868-2375. You can visit their website at http://www.orcsd.org/school/orhs.
  • Where is Oyster River High School? 55 Coe Dr, Durham, New Hampshire 03824

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. 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, and 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
Dover Senior High School
25 Alumni Dr Dover, NH 03820
Cocheco Academy for the Arts
40 Hampshire Cir Dover, NH 03820
Newmarket Junior-Senior High School
213 S Main St Newmarket, NH 03857
Marshwood High School
260 Dow Highway South Berwick, ME 03908
Somersworth High School
11 Memorial Dr Somersworth, NH 03878