College acceptances are rolling in for our high school seniors. This senior class is being accepted to some excellent schools. Beyond the exceptional public colleges and universities in New England, many students have applied to public and private institutions outside of the region with great results. Some examples:

Virginia Tech
RPI (Troy NY)
North Carolina State
Temple (Philadelphia)
Trinity Univ (TX)
Florida State
U of Hawaii
American University (DC)
Auburn U (Alabama)
Penn State
Rutgers (NJ)

Examples of some impressive New England private schools include:

St. Michaels (VT)
St. Anselms (NH)
Sacred Heart (RI)

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Ayer Shirley Regional High School will be performing Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in April. Click here to learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets.


AYER –It’s not new news that Ayer Shirley Regional High School recently underwent a major overhaul thanks in part to the State of Massachusetts, not to mention countless individuals dedicated to the improvement of our schools and District. Now that the walls are up, the floors are in, and things are more or less getting back to “routine” without construction everywhere, it’s time to open up the new space and fully christen it.

Part of this is offering the region’s students, families, local organizations and community businesses the opportunity to own part of it.

The Ayer Shirley Regional School District is celebrating the high school’s beautifully fresh auditorium by making it possible to take a piece home — in theory. Each of the 575 plush, burgundy seats in the auditorium is up for adoption.

Don’t worry if the color doesn’t match your home décor — once adopted, seats stay where they are, with one important change: your business, inscription, name, or personal dedication in memory of someone is engraved on a brass plate, there for people to see every time they enjoy an event in the auditorium.

Each plate measures 4″ x 1.5″, offering three lines of text, up to 25 characters per line. You can note your name or your family name and the year. You can promote your business. You can list the alphabet backwards — it’s your seat, write you wish (within reason). And once your seat is adopted, it will not be re-adopted.

One seat, one sponsor, securely attached to the back of the chair.

The cost to adopt is just $150 each for individuals (students, friends and their families). Up to three families can be noted as sponsors per plate, so consider combining your adoptions. Seats promoting businesses are just $300 each and can include your company name, address, contact information and/or website. All adoptions are tax deductible, with 10 percent off if ordered by May 31.

All proceeds will be split equally amongst ASRHS Music, ASRHS Drama Club and the district, to help provide additional opportunities for the students in our region.

To request an adoption form or more information, contact ASRHS Drama Director JulieAnn Govang at 978-772-2545, or email Adoption forms are also available for download via the ASRHS Drama Club website at

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The new and great Ayer Shirley Regional 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. Congratulations to all who brought this project to fruition: Former Superintendent Carl Mock and his educational team, School Building Committee, School Committee, SMMA, Dore & Whittier, Consigli, town officials of Ayer & Shirley, and the taxpayers in Ayer & Shirley for supporting this project!

ASRHS in U.S. News Top High Schools of 2015


ASRSD and the ASRHS are very proud to announce that ASRHS has been selected by US News and World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools in its 2015 rankings. Congratulations to Principal Haas and his staff and students!

According to the rankings, ASRHS is in the top 12% of high schools nationally and the top 22% in Massachusetts. For this ranking ASRHS was awarded a Silver Medal. Only 10.3% of the high schools evaluated nationally (19,753 total evaluated) were awarded Silver Medals. Only another 2.5% were awarded Gold.

In Massachusetts, ASRHS was one of only 79 high schools (out of 352 public high schools in the state, including charters) to be awarded a Gold or Silver Medal.

The rankings are based on 2012-2013 academic year data. We expect that with about the same MCAS scores and improved Advanced Placement (AP) participation and passing scores in 2013-2014, we will maintain or even improve our ranking next year.

For more information on the rankings and the methodology used, please visit US News and World Report.