Lorna Letourneau founded Victory High School in 1990. Having taught in public school for over 20 years, Mrs. Letourneau saw a need for an alternative to traditional public and private high schools. Originally a small, one room school with eight students, VHS has grown into a much larger facility with both Math and Computer Rooms and over 50 students.
After retiring as an elementary school teacher, Mrs. Letourneau wanted to go into the missions field. She completed two years of Bible college in Oklahoma and returned to New England to work as a substitute teacher in the area high schools. That is when she was inspired to start an alternative school to teach students who might otherwise find it difficult functioning in a standard educational setting. She spoke to Judith Fillion, a friend from the state education department, who encouraged Lorna to start her own school. Mrs. Letourneau wrote a program and submitted it to the state, which approved it.
While the program has changed and grown, the students attending has multiplied and more teachers added over the years - the school still holds to it's high ideals. The smaller class sizes and lots of individual attention are paramount to a students success. Although Mrs. Letouneau does not describe Victory as a Christian school, she does have a time for prayer every morning when the students also salute the flag. "There is no doctrine, but the little bit they do get each morning changes them," she said.
Students arrive at 8 AM to work on the curriculum. Being an accredited high school, that entails math, English, science, social studies, health, computers and American government. Homework is corrected every day which holds students accountable. Knowing exactly where a student is academically, encourages strong school-work habits. Around mid-day, students are excused for work. Every student with a few exceptions, have a job. Working teaches responsibilty to themselves, their parents and the school. Some students are even paying for their own education.
Most students hail from throughout the local area - Jaffrey, Rindge, Peterborough, New Ipswich, Swanzey, Dublin and Fitzwilliam. Some travel from Ashburnham, Winchendon or Gardner, Massachusetts. VHS has even had students from Maine and South Carolina. Victory is a participant in VLACS - The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School - which allows students to take online classes in our computer lab. And with a 98+% graduation rate, many of our graduates go on to college.