Rye Junior High Building



Mission Statement

Rye Junior High School will provide appropriately responsive school programs, policies, and practices to meet the particular intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of each middle level learner. Young adolescents are talented in unique ways with a personal mix of diverse intelligences. Everyone within the community shares a responsibility for developing and nurturing the whole child. Every young adolescent can learn, and we resolve to make that learning a reality.


Rye Junior High School is located in the center of Rye, New Hampshire in the midst of the Historic District. The immediate area includes historic homes dating from 1739, Parsons Park (town field and forest saved for community use through community effort). The school is a sixth through eighth grade facility constructed in four phases during the years 1932, 1942, 1965 and 1997. The building houses 208 students coming from the towns of Rye and New Castle. The Rye Junior High School staff demonstrates a commitment to the middle school concept by placing emphasis on positive student/teacher relationships and responds to the interest and needs (academic, social and emotional) of young adolescents.

Its comprehensive educational program includes the basic discipline areas of mathematics, language arts, social studies and science.In addition, French, art, music,physical education, life skills and industrial arts/technology education are available.


School Hours and Direction

School Hours: 8:00 AM to 2:35 PM

Rye Junior High School
501 Washington Road Rye, NH 03870, (603)964-5591

If you are on Route One, Portsmouth (from the traffic circle): Drive 4 miles south, turn left on to Lang road, at stop sign turn left onto Washington rd, go less than 100 feet past the front of the building (School is on left, Bank is on right) and take the 2nd left into entrance of our parking lot.

If you are on the coast: Washington Rd. is the most direct route from either the north or the south. It is 3.5 miles south from Odiorne Point State Park and 1 mile north of Rye Harbor. Take Washington rd. to the Stop sign, drive straight. The school is on your right.

If you are driving North from Hampton on Route One: Turn Right at Light at Breakfast Hill, travel 2 miles on Washington rd. to the stop sign at the center of town. Continue straight , the church will be on your right -- go less than 300 feet past the front of the building (School is on left, Bank is on right) and take the 2nd left into entrance of our parking lot.





Chris Pollet




Elizabeth Figliulo

Secretary to the Principal


Paula Rawding

Receptionist/Educ. Support

Alison Dunn

School Counselor

6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
World Language
Unified Arts

Kim O'Connell

Language Arts

Andrew Fersch

Language Arts

Kerry Ridolfi

Language Arts

Jeanne Brown

Grades 7 & 8 French

Grades 6 & 7 Spanish

Ann Rafferty

Life Skills

Aaron Scogin


Mary Harte



Katie Jarvis

Grade 6 French & World Cultures

Piper Cronin

Physical Education

Kathy Collyer

Social Studies

John Waters

Social Studies

Ron Fortier

Social Studies


Grade 8 Spanish

Jennifer Bova


River Bissonnette

Sheila Adams

Adams' Blog

Brian Betournay



Michelle Wirth

Choral & General Music

Anne Gilbert

Special Education

Rebecca Murphy

Special Education

Bridget Hughes

Special Education


Mark Visciano
Tech Education


Robin Ellwood

(on leave)


School Nurse

Support Services
Food Services

Custodial Staff

Media Specialist/Librarian

Janet Smith, RN

Jessica Stewart

Special Education

Jan Philbrick


James Gordon

Supervisory Custodian


Tim Jordan

Special Education


Drew Petsel

Tom Howland

Information Technology

Sharry Sparks

Educational Support


Timothy Moynahan


Lexy vanBinsbergen


Principal's Message

A Middle School

Welcome to Rye Junior High School. Serving Grades 6-8 RJH has 200 students and 30 part or full time faculty members. Don’t let the name fool you, we are a middle school in practice. It is a school designed to meet the developmental needs of students from the ages of 10 to 14. By the time our students are finished at RJH, it is our hope that they are intellectually reflective, literate, and caring citizens prepared for the world ahead of them. This website is designed to give you an overview of the school and its offerings as well as assist parents with the success of their son/ daughter.

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Chris Pollet


Rye Junior High School



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