Message from the Superintendent
ALL MEANS ALL
Welcome to the Ayer Shirley Regional School District. We pride ourselves on our high quality academics, a wonderful performing arts program, and a great athletic program. We embrace diversity and strive for excellence.
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.
We are a relatively small district which is advantageous for our students. Students are able to discover just how talented they are when participating in a sport, acting on stage, and are members of our exemplary robotics team. A smaller district provides students the opportunity for involvement in many different activities.
Just this year we opened an Early Learning Center and offer an integrated preschool program. We offer pathways of study for our high school students and this year we have established an Early Childhood Pathway at the high school. We have been awarded a Massachusetts Workforce Skills grant from the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet of $83,000 to develop a STEM/Innovation lab at the high school. Our high school students enjoy a 1:1 environment; they just love having their own Chromebook. The elementary and middle schools are rich with technology including iPads and Google Expedition.
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 2019, 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.
Grade 8 students may take a high school level foreign language course and receive high school credit.
High school students have the opportunity to travel the world.
We have an outstanding, robust Robotics program beginning in the elementary schools and offered through high school.
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 $420,000 in enrichment grants to the district. We have a strong PTO and community members and businesses are extremely supportive of our schools.
We have it all! We invite you to become part of this great school system!
Dr. Mary Malone
Superintendent of Schools