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Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School

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Posted October 12, 2014

This school has more than surpassed my expectations. My child has been to some of the best public schools in the country so we were very concerned when we came to this school system. The staff here is caring, engaging, and intelligent. They are readily available for communication and want to help each student to be their best. The enrichment class period is one of the best and most unique things about this curriculum. The children get to pursue academic studies that interest them every day to keep them enthusiastic about school. I was concerned about the 6-day rotating schedule, but love it; it keeps the schedule fresh and reduces boredom. I also appreciate that, although there is no G&T program, they do have ability leveling and provide advanced curriculum programming. The school district is new and building their resources. Give them a chance and you will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

The program has improved dramatically since regionalization. The curriculum is more rigorous and the offerings have expanded greatly. The opportunities for extra curricular activities have improved as well and the drama, chorus and band programs are very impressive. Great leadership, great involvement and improving instruction and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

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.


Posted January 20, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

I love the Shirley Middle School. I love their teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 68%
Hispanic 6% 15%
Black 5% 8%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (978) 425-0474

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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1 Hospital Rd
Shirley, MA 01464
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Phone: (978) 772-8600

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