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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. ​

“The School Committees’ policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, and the general public with whom it does business. The Amherst-Pelham Regional District, the Amherst Public Schools, and the Pelham Elementary School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, homelessness, political party, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment by its programs and activities.”

What's Happening

Current Last Day of School

As of February 11, 2015, the schools have had five weather-related cancellations.  This means the last day of school is currently Monday, June 22nd.  Watch this space for updates as the winter continues.

Regionalization Public Forums

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is hosting public forums to provide information and hear feedback on the issue of Regionalization.  The first is scheduled on Thursday, February 26 in Leverett at 7:00 p.m. at the Leverett Elementary School. A second public forum is scheduled on Tuesday, March 3 in the Town Room at Amherst Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Dates are being finalized for a public forum in Pelham and Shutesbury. 

Exit Data Summary Report

Beginning in 2010, the district began asking  families to complete an exit survey when they withdraw so staff will have an understanding of why students leave the schools.  A summary of the data from 2010 through 2014 is available here. Data from the current school year is currently being analyzed and will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Proposed ARMS Schedule Change Presentation

On Thursday, January 29, ARMS, ARHS and District administrators presented information to the Regional School Committee regarding master scheduling and the proposed changes to the Middle School schedule.  The full presentation is available here

Communications of school closings or delays

Based on feedback from families, the district will now send an email to families when there is a school cancellation or delay. We will still be updating the snow line (362-1898) with this information as well as informing local television and radio stations so that there are multiple ways for families to learn about the status of the school day.

ARHS Math Curriculum Review Update

On Wednesday 1/21 a meeting was held to present the math department's curriculum recommendation for the 2015-16 school year and potential course titles. Please click here to see the presentation.

Please click here for more information about the ARHS Math Curriculum Review. Once there you can view presentations, handouts, and feedback from the community.

If you have questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at 

ARHS Math Curriculum Review Update

On Wednesday 12/17 a meeting was held to present potential new Math course sequences for ARHS. Both an integrated course sequence and a traditional course sequence were presented. Participants were asked for feedback. Please go to

for more information about the ARHS Math Curriculum Review. Once there you can view the presentation, handouts, and feedback from the community.

The next presentation will be on Wednesday (1/21) 6:30 – 7:30 in the ARHS Library. This is change of date from the original 1/14 meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for grades 9 – 12.  

Nominations Sought for Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement award.  More information about the award criteria and the nomination process can be found here


Town and Schools Launch Amherst Together, An Initiative for Community Engagement and Mobilization

(July 18, 2014)   Amherst Town Manager John Musante and Superintendent of Schools Maria Geryk today announced the hiring of Amherst resident Carol Ross, an outstanding candidate for the newly created position of Media & Climate Communications Specialist for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, the Amherst Public Schools and the Town of Amherst.  She will work to launch Amherst Together, an initiative that will serve as a foundation for building equity in Amherst through community collaboration. The effort aims to bring together a wider range of Amherst community interests to develop a collective vision for serving the whole.

"The key to Amherst Together is to research, identify, develop, and implement successful strategies for achieving equity by developing opportunities for communication and collaboration," says Musante. 

Ms. Ross has deep roots in the Amherst community.  She was raised and lives in Amherst, graduated from Amherst schools, and is a parent of an Amherst public school student.  She has a BA from UMass and professional experience as an author, photographer, human resources generalist, producer, documentarian and community organizer.  Ms. Ross’s work uses art as a tool for social impact and public discourse and is nationally recognized and locally celebrated.  She has eight years of public and educational sector human resources experience with expertise in cross-cultural engagement and conversation facilitation designed to stimulate profound thinking.  She is currently a member of the Superintendent’s Equity Task Force and the Town’s Human Rights Commission.  

Superintendent Geryk said, “It didn't take us long to realize that a collaborative effort was imperative. The same issues we are facing in our schools are also prevalent in our town. Ms. Ross’s background, her thoughtful approach and her ability to articulate and synthesize current climate issues to project positive outcomes is unparalleled.  I believe she is the right individual to assist us in bringing Amherst Together and to achieve our goals of fostering a healthier climate of civility, inclusivity and respect in the community.”

2014.07.18 Press Release Town & Schools Launch AmherstTogether.pdf

Nominations Sought for 2015-2016 ARPS Community-Building Award

The annual ARPS Community-Building Award honors 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."  Awardees for the 2014-2015 school year were Tara Luce, Crocker Farm Counselor, and Peter Crouse, Transportation Coordinator.  Nominations for 2015-2016 will be accepted at any time until June 30, 2015.  More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.
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