The writer below has been to that school and hated it for the students in it. The students are punky and thed school i am in now is 50 times better than that school ever dreamed of.
I find it interesting that the below reviewer made assumptions about who wrote the reviews. I am giving this school 4 stars because it is an academically challenging environment, my children like their teachers, and there are lots of things to get involved with. There is a high level of professionalism here. And to the below reviewer, we HAVE been to other schools and have a very good sense of what is out there.
We are so happy with this school. My daughter loves it! She feels well-known by her teachers and is academically challenged. The building is warm and welcoming and the administration has a clear handle on things. Love Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School!
Since regionalization in 2011, this school has been fantastic. The curriculum was greatly enhanced and the opportunities are tremendous. I have 2 children in the school and they love it. They have to work for their grades and have learned how to prepare, how to study and how to think critically. They play for middle school teams as well as in the exceptional middle school band. The administration is great and the staff is talented and caring.
The poor reviews given here were written well before Ayer and Shirley regionalized. Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School now has a wealth of opportunities for students, including advisory periods in smaller groups that help the students and staff to become better acquainted and to learn how to work well together as a community. The school has a wonderful principal and vice principal who are dedicated to each and every child, and the students in the upper grades can now even participate in high school sports. This school review service can be helpful, but you must take it with a grain of salt. Outdated reviews from a few who may have had a bad experience several years ago do not represent this excellent school. Our children are in good hands at ASRMS!
I am glad we did not heed the postings here. Our daughter is new to the Shirley school system and is having an excellent experience socially and academically. The faculty and administration are very caring and capable.
Both schools in this district are deplorable. Some of the teachers are dedicated to excellence while many others are not or are simply inexperienced. It is not all about the faculty but mostly due to $$. Their guidance is horrible and indeed the other poster is right, they spend more time with the victims of bullies with what the victim could do to cope with the situation than they do with the bullies and their punishment. All the latter is primarily a consequence of $$ cuts the schools have had to endure. We're considering leaving (choice-out) which many have recently. Sadly the voters in this town are so ignorant that choice-outers will cost them a lot more money or cuts in their services. My child deserves better and can't even get a bus ride in this town.
This school is a disgrace! It protects the students that are bullies and punishes the children that stand up to them. Never in my life have I seen teachers & faculty that care so little about their students!
Of all the schools I've ever been assosiated with in my life, this one has had the poorest quality of all. More than once my children have been single out and harrassed by lunch aids, for accusations that are ridiculous. The faculty is poorly trained and education standards are not met. I would not recommend this school to any other parent who actually cares about their child's education.
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