About Us

About Us

The Hunter School is a non-profit private therapeutic day and residential school offering a unique approach to educating young boys and girls with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Mood Disorders and related conditions who have not found success in more traditional educational settings.  We consider these children to be highly sensitive and to possess many positive attributes, creative abilities and skills which are celebrated on our campus. The Hunter School is also the home of Energetic Mindfulness™. The distinctive methodology of Energetic Mindfulness™ showcases and models the tremendous benefits of paying attention in the present moment, being mindful of and self-regulating the impact that our thoughts, behaviors and attitudes have on us, others and the world around us. Energetic Mindfulness™ utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy with a twist of mindfulness and an understanding of thoughts, energies, behaviors and actions. It is an educational movement that models positive character development and a way of being in the world where the end product is living a more loving and peaceful life.

Our classrooms and living quarters are safe and relaxed, creating a welcoming place for your child to thrive while he or she attends school at Hunter.  New this year in 2013, is a Permaculture Program allowing the children an opportunity to learn about organic farming, sustainability and an understanding of the relationship we all have with the Earth.

At the Hunter School, our goals are to:
*    Nourish the child's creativity and strengthen his or her ability to learn.
*    Re-engage each child in the world with trust and love.
*    Reduce or eliminate the use of psychotropic drugs whenever possible to control the child's behavior.

specialized program for ADD ADHD Aspergers children life skillsWe offer a specialized program for students with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Mood Disorders, and related conditions. Our educational program is focused around ready-to-learn (RTL) skills, communication skills, social skills, and academic skills. The school has guidelines that each student has the opportunity to follow.  The child's objectives are individualized and incorporated into the IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) or HEP (Hunter Educational Plan) as goals to work on throughout the school year.

Our therapeutic model is a family style environment, monitored and guided by clinical staff.  Six children live in a house with two parents.  Each child's program is individually based on a comprehensive developmental assessment.  House rules are simple and parallel those of a typical family.  The close relationships children develop with the house parents is one of the primary vehicles for growth and healing.  Our extraordinary staff works closely with each child to further support and enhance positive growth and development.  The Hunter School is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education as a Special Education School and non-public school.  Our dormitory is licensed by New Hampshire's Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

If you wish to contact us to learn more about the Hunter learning experience, schedule an appointment or set up a campus visit, please call Laurie Ferris at (603) 786-9427 extention 326, or email laurieferris@hunterschool.org