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New England Classical Academy to Relocate

  • New England Classical Academy will relocate in summer 2018 to a new location, having signed an agreement to purchase the former National Field Representative’s building on Old Church Road in Claremont, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 5/25/2018 11:40:13 PM
Modified: 5/26/2018 12:32:38 AM

Claremont — New England Classical Academy has found a new home, and this one looks to be permanent.

After nine years leasing space in the former St. Mary School on Central Street, the small private K-12 school has signed an agreement to purchase a building on Old Church Road that most recently was offices for National Field Representatives. NFR moved its operations under one roof in an expanded building on Maple Avenue.

NECA Executive Director Elizabeth Wilber said this week it was a relief to finally find a location that the school will own.

“I’m grateful for space to call ours; finally having our own building signifies that we are planting roots here in Claremont which gives us great hope and opportunity for the future,” Wilber said in a news release announcing the purchase.

The school plans to relocate to Old Church Road over the summer. But before classes begin in September, about $35,000 in renovations will have to be completed. Improvements will include bringing the building into compliance with handicap accessibility laws, installing a larger septic system and a fire alarm system, and some other minor construction, Wilber said.

The school already has raised $23,000, of which $15,000 was from the Byrne Foundation, toward the renovation costs.

Built in 1989, the 5,600-square-foot building on approximately five mostly wooded acres has an updated heating system with radiant heat and central air conditioning, Wilber said.

Wilber also said the rural setting, as opposed to the Central Street location, will provide more opportunities for outdoor lunch, classes and other activities as well as a small community garden.

“The woods will support not only outdoor science lessons, but also nature walks and hiking,” Wilber said in the release.

The purchase is being financed by National Field Representatives and the school’s development committee is spearheading an effort to raise $400,000 over three years as part of the financing agreement.

In an interview this week, Wilber said the city played an important role in finding a place. NECA began meeting with NFR in January.

NECA follows a classical Catholic tradition of education, but is not a parochial school affiliated with the Diocese of Manchester. Enrollment currently is at around 80 students, Wilber said.

St. Mary Catholic Church is going to use the vacated space to open John Paul II Academy, a K-12 school affiliated with the Diocese of Manchester, in September,

Information about New England Classical Academy is available at Information on the new school at St. Mary can be found at

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at

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