Message from the Superintendent
Welcome to the Ayer Shirley Regional School District (ASRSD) where we provide a high quality education for every student. We believe in equity, equality, and access for every learner. We embrace inclusion and diversity, and every student matters every day.
This district regionalized in 2011, which merged the educational systems of the towns of Ayer and Shirley. We have a student population of approximately 1,755 and our enrollment has increased 5.8% since 2012. We are very proud of our small classes, which average 20 students per classroom. The district is comprised of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The high school was completely renovated and this 21st century facility includes science laboratories, a media center, apple computer labs, mobile computer labs, a video production lab, interactive projectors, and much more.
The high school addition/renovation project received the highest architecture award, the 2015 CEFPI Northeast Region Ed Kirkbride Award recognizing quality and innovation in both school planning and design. The CEFPI jury recognizes projects that stand out as forward thinking and inspiring, with exceptional achievement in the design of learning, physical and community environments, as well as the planning process. Additionally, the high school has received LEED certification, which is quite significant.
We have a fairly new middle school, and the elementary schools have been updated extensively. We are most fortunate to provide students at the high school with their own Chromebook, and the other three schools are rich with technology, computer labs and several Chromebook carts.
Here are just a few of the outstanding achievements and quality programs in the district:
- We are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
- The high school is a 2017, 2016, and 2015 US News and World Report Silver Medal winner as one of the top high schools in the US and Massachusetts. ASRHS is in the top 12% of high schools in the US and top 22% in MA.
- In 2017, 60.4% of Ayer Shirley Regional High School students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams scored 3-5.
- Total enrollment in AP courses has increased 524% since the 2014-2015 school year.
- We have increased AP course offerings to nine at the high school.
- The high school offers four academic pathways – Mass Core, Honors, STEM, and Early College.
- Grade 8 students may take a high school level foreign language course and receive high school credit.
- New curricula resources: A Comprehensive Approach to Literacy in Grades K-5. We purchased approximately 12,000 books to support this new program. New Mathematics program, Eureka Math, in Grades 6-8, and a new ELA program, StudySync, in Grades 6-8.
- High school students have the opportunity to travel abroad.
- The ASRHS Mock Trial Team was a finalist in the 2017 Mock Trial State Competition.
- We have a robust Robotics program beginning in the elementary schools and offered at the middle and high schools.
Some of the enrichment programs offered at the middle school and high school:
- A variety of sports programs. Most ASRHS teams qualify for post-season play.
- Drama – Two productions a year at the high school, including a musical, as well as an annual middle school production.
- Music- Concert and marching bands, jazz ensemble, and chorus at the ASRHS, concert band and chorus at the ASRMS. We also offer chorus in our elementary schools and band in Grade 5.
- Art programs including ceramics, digital photography, painting, drawing, graphic design, and video production.
Our performing arts program is exceptional! The ASRHS Concert Band and Choir have won awards for two consecutive years at the MICCA Festival. The ASRMS band won the Trills and Thrills Superior Award for the past two years.
We value strong school, family, and community engagement. Our partnerships with parents are essential to the academic success of our students. The non-Profit Ayer Shirley Education Foundation (ASEF) has awarded more than $250,000 in enrichment grants to the district. We have a strong PTO and community members and businesses are extremely supportive of our schools.
We invite you to become part of this great school system!
Dr. Mary Malone
Superintendent of Schools