The Schools: The Mont Vernon Village School enrolls 185 students, Clark/Wilkins Elementary School has 672 students, Amherst Middle School has 637 students, and Souhegan Cooperative High School enrolls 788 students. The total PK-12, multi-district enrollment is 2282.

In addition to the schools of SAU #39 being of high quality, Souhegan High School is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools and serves as the high school for the students of the Amherst and Mont Vernon communities. Established in 1992, Souhegan High School is a mission driven school.

The Communities:
The towns of Amherst and Mont Vernon provide their own elementary schools and share the Amherst Middle and Souhegan High Schools. SAU #39, serving as the Central Office to the schools, is located at the historic Brick School on the Amherst green. Mont Vernon and Amherst are located in south-central N.H., offering proximity to the cultural and recreational activities of New England. The neighboring towns are rich in traditions and classic New England flavor. Amherst has many well preserved, beautifully renovated, historic buildings in the center of town. Many residents run small businesses in town, while others work in nearby cities or commute to jobs in Massachusetts. Details about the towns are found on their respective websites:

Town of Mont Vernon
Town of Amherst

Faculty and Staff:
The faculty and staff are committed, highly qualified and experienced people who share the mission to engage, challenge, and support all learners.

SAU #39 and its schools are governed by four boards of education: Amherst and Mont Vernon each have five member school boards. Souhegan Cooperative High School is governed by a seven member school board. The fourth board is the SAU #39 Board comprising members of the three boards and meets to approve a central office budget, to elect a new superintendent of schools, and to develop policies common to the school districts.

Wilkins SHS AMS

SAU 39 Educational Vision

Mission Statement

We will engage, challenge, and support all learners.

Core Values

Our schools cultivate and model our belief in our students' ability to learn when:

  • We surround our children with caring adults.
  • We promote a culture of collaboration, reflection, and responsibility.
  • We uphold high academic, civic, and social learning expectations.
  • We prepare students for college, work, and citizenship.
  • We nurture curiosity, empathy, and lifelong learning.
  • We challenge students to grapple with serious questions and ideas.
  • We refine teaching and learning through research and use of best practices.
  • We celebrate effort and achievement of all members of our learning community.
  • We work in partnership with our communities.
  • We measure our progress with a variety of indicators.