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.
Amherst, Pelham & Amherst-Pelham Regional District Brochure
El Folleto del Amherst, Pelham & Amherst-Pelham Regional Districtos
After receiving the results of the Crocker Farm water testing that identified four sinks and one faucet that tested for lead at levels above the state and federally defined relevant action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) on “first draw” samples, the District felt it is important to test all of the schools as soon as possible. Amherst town officials have worked with the schools to schedule these tests through the testing agency, and the following testing dates have been set:
Test results will be shared with the community and district staff as soon as they are received. We anticipate the analysis will take approximately three weeks, based on the time it took to receive results from Crocker Farm’s testing. Please be assured that the water testing will not cause any interruption to the school day since sample collection will occur between 5:00-7:00 a.m. on the dates listed.
As a precaution, all schools will utilize the following protocols until test results are final:
The Town of Amherst and the Amherst Public Schools opted to participate in a voluntary program organized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to test for lead and copper in schools due to the health impacts these metals can have on children and staff members. We decided to take this proactive step (along with 179 of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth) because we believed it was in the best interest of our students and staff to ensure the health and safety of all in our community. Important information about the testing results can be found here.
Crocker Farm raw data is available here.
The bus routes for the upcoming school year are now available on the district website here. Please note that there is a file for each elementary school, as well as a separate file for morning routes and afternoon routes for ARMS and ARHS.
Attention Residents of Amherst,Pelham, Leverett, and Shutesbury
If you believe your child has a disability and requires accommodations, related services, auxiliary aids and devices and/or assistive technology; in order to fully participate in the programs offered by the Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, you may refer your child for an evaluation under Section 504 by contacting the Student Services Office.If you believe your child has a disability and may be eligible for special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you may refer him/her for an evaluation by contacting either the Student Services Office or the applicable local public school based upon the physical address of your residence.Please note that your child must be a preschool or elementary aged student residing in Amherst or Pelham, or a secondary student residing in one of our member towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, or Shutesbury. Your child may also be an out-of-state resident, who attends a private school at parent expense, in one of our member towns. Once the consent for evaluation has been signed and received, the evaluation will be conducted to assess areas of suspected disability. Upon completion of the evaluation, school staff will meet with you to discuss eligibility, and if your child is eligible, an IEP or 504 Plan will be provided.
Si usted cree su hijo(a) tiene una discapacidad y puede ser elegible paralos servicios de Educación Especial, puede referirle a la oficina de StudentServices para una evaluación. Su hijo(a) debe tener la edad de prescolar o dela escuela elementaria, y debe ser un residente de Amherst o Pelham, o unestudiante secundario que tambien es residente de Amherst, Pelham, Leverett,o Shutesbury.También, si usted cree que su niño tiene una discapacidad y requiereacomodaciones, servicios relacionados, recursos auxiliares y dispositivoso asistencia tecnológica; a fin de participar totalmente en los programasofrecidos por Amherst, Pelham o el Distrito Escolar Regional de AmherstPelham,usted puede referir a su niño para una evaluación bajo la Sección 504.Si usted requiere asistencia con este proceso por favor póngase en contactocon la Oficina de Servicio al Estudiante usando los numerous anotados arriba.Las remisiones se pueden hacer entrando en contacto con la oficina deStudent Services. En cuanto se haya firmado el consentimiento para laevaluación, la evaluación será conducida para determinar si hay inhabilidad.Al terminar la evaluación, el personal de la escuela quedará con usted paradiscutir la elegibilidad para la educación especial. Si su hijo(a) es elegible, seproveerá un “Individualized Educational Program” (un programa educacionale individualizado).
Since 2010, the schools have requested that parents/guardians complete an exit survey when they withdraw their students from the district. A report summarizing the data shared by families through the 2014-2015 school year is available here.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the Amherst Elementary Building Project or the Merging ARMS & ARHS Project, please use the following links:
Amherst Elementary Building Project FAQ Document
7-12 Consolidation FAQ Document
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 2015-2016 school year were George Graiff, Pelham Custodian, and Kimberly Stender, Community Liaison. Nominations for 2016-2017 will be accepted at any time until June 30, 2016. More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.