SAU 50 is fantastic. That's Greenland, New Castle, Rye and Newington. All are small schools, well funded, and ahem, more exclusive towns. They all feed into Portsmouth for High School but not for junior high (except Newington). Portsmouth has a lot to offer in terms of extracurriculars, honors, vocational, and a good reputation in general. The demographic for the most part is upper-middle with some smatterings of either end. Like any town, if people are willing to pay for private HS, they send their kids to Berwick Academy, Cornerstone Montessori (Exeter), Portsmouth Christian Academy or St Thomas (both in Dover) or even Phillips Exeter Academy if they are the wealthiest and brightest. We live in SAU 50 and honestly, my kids have every luxury afforded to a public school child... they start Spanish in Kindergarten, have a 10-1 student teacher ratio (or better depending on the grade), a science contractor who does experiments with the kids, local musicians that play for the the children, volunteers who read, cook, play games, tutor, etc them. I couldn't pay for a better education than my kids are getting in New Castle. Seriously, even private schools have a bigger classroom than the 12 kids in the entire combined K-1-2 class my son is in right now. He gets tons of individual attention, which we all love.