Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.

Wishing the entire Ayer Shirley Regional School community a great summer.  Have fun and stay safe!

English Department

Students are required to take four years of English. Effective writing, speaking, and critical reading skills are essential to the future success of our students. The English Department provides students with a multitude of opportunities to demonstrate these all-important skills via a variety of courses that support the development of stated skills while allowing students to explore classes of diverse interests.

Courses require students to demonstrate analytical and higher order thinking in regards to literature, but additionally, real-life scenarios. Students are required to take Humanities I as freshmen and then Humanities II as sophomores, after which their course of study can change.

Along with the core courses that the department offers, students are also able to take a variety of electives that allow for them to explore diverse cultures through literature, look more in depth into various Shakespearean plays, or even explore how fairy tales have changed over time and through different cultures. Please see the Program of Studies for more information. 


141 Washington Street | Phone: 978-772-8600
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115 Washington Street | Phone: (978) 772-8600
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