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Welcome to THE Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

The Amherst Regional Public Schools are located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The area is rich in cultural, recreational and academic activities and opportunities. Our mission is the academic achievement of every student learning in a system dedicated to social justice and multiculturalism.

The school system educates a diverse population of approximately 3000 students, including native speakers of more than 25 languages. Three elementary schools are located in the town of Amherst and one in the town of Pelham. Our middle school and high school are located in the town of Amherst, and draw students from the towns of Amherst and Pelham, as well as Leverett and Shutesbury. The central office for the district is located in the middle school building at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst.

Last Day of School for 2013-2014

Currently the Amherst and Pelham elementary schools and the Amherst Regional Middle School have been closed a total of seven (7) days during the 2013-2014 school year, and Amherst Regional High School has been closed for eight (8).

The last day of school is now Wednesday, June 25 for all schools except ARHS.  The last day for ARHS is Thursday, June 26.

What's Happening

2014-2015 School Calendar

The Regional School Committee has approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar.  The first day of school will be Thursday, August 28, 2014.

World Autism Awareness Day

Wear blue this Wednesday, April 2, for World Autism Awareness Day. From the Autism Speaks website:
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.

"World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action.  I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."   

Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon

Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015

Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is April 7-9.  For more information please visit...

Crocker Farm Preschool Accepting Applications

The Amherst Public Schools are accepting applications for the Early Education Center at Crocker Farm Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year.   The program is an integrated preschool serving children ages 3-5 years old with and without disabilities. Please visit us on-line at or call Janet Ryan, Program Coordinator at 413-362-1610.  Classes are in session Monday through Friday.  Full tuition is $3500 for the school year but there are a limited number of reduced tuition slots available.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Amherst están aceptando aplicaciones para el Centro de Educación Temprana en la Escuela Crocker Farm para el año escolar 2014-2015.  El programa es un preescolar conjunto que sirve a niños con edades entre 3-5 años, con y sin discapacidades. Por favor visítenos en internet en la página o llame a Janet Ryan, coordinador del programa al número telefónico 413-362-1610.  Las clases son de lunes a viernes.  La matrícula completa tiene un valor de $3500 por todo el año escolar, sin embargo hay un número limitado de espacios disponibles con matricula reducida.


Superintendent's Office launches Blog Site


The superintendent's office is pleased to announce the launch of an information blog site Learning in ARPS. The blog can be found at http:\\


Link to Video of January 24, 2015 Information Meeting

On Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m., Superintendent Maria Geryk and Principal Mark Jackson held an information meeting for district parents and guardians to provide information about the closing of Amherst Regional High School that day.  They were joined by Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services, and David Slovin, South East Campus Principal.  The full video of the meeting on the Amherst Community Television website can be found here.

Helping Students Deal with Crisis--Resources for Parents

For some students, families and staff members, the closing of Amherst Regional High School and South East Campus on January 27 may have raised some concerns and resulted in anxiety.  Counseling is available at school, of course, but information is also available to help parents guide their children through traumatic events.  Please visit the following links for helpful information:


 Grade 8 Math Update

On January 15, 2014, an informational session was held at Amherst Regional Middle School regarding the design of eighth grade math courses for the 2014-2015 school year.  Dr. Rhonda Cohen, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Ian Stith, K-8 Math/Science Coordinator, and Jane Mudie, Mathematics Department Head, provided an overview of the program, and parents were given an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Beginning in September 2014, the proposed eighth grade math sequence will offer two courses to students—Algebra 8 and Algebra 8+. To learn more, please visit the following links:

Grade_8_Math_presentation_January_15_2014.pdf HowAlgebra8and8PlusAlignwithARHSMathCourses.pdf FAQ about the Grade 8 Math Proposal.pdf

Nominations Sought for ARPS Community-Building Award

At the 2013-2014 Convocation, Dr. Faye Brady announced a new annual award that will honor two Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District employees who "have helped to foster a sense of belonging among students and have helped to build bridges of understanding and acceptance among them."  More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.

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