Welcome toThe Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools
Welcome to ARPS!
The Amherst Regional Public Schools (ARPS) 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 2790 students, including native speakers of more than 38 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. (Click to view the demographic and other data of our Amherst Students, Pelham Students, and Amherst-Pelham Regional Students)
The district has implemented allergy aware guidelines that include a number of specific points designed to provide a higher degree of safety for all of our students.The guidelines also outline specific responsibilities for all of us to help achieve this goal. For more information, please refer to the district Allergy Awareness Guidelines.
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.
Superintendent: Dr. Michael Morris
Assistant Superintendent: Doreen Cunningham
Weather Cancellation Line: (413) 362-1898
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Last Day of School
There have been 0 snow days this school year. The current last day of school is June 13, 2023.
Amherst Elementary School Building Project
We’re pleased to announce the Amherst Elementary School Building Project website is now available.
Please follow this page with current information around covid at ARPS.
Parents & Guardians
- Activities Packet
- ARPS Family Center
- ARPS Family Center Events
- ARPS Family Center News Letters
- Amherst Area Family and Child Services
- Before/After School Programs
- District Handbook 22-23
- Family/Caregiver Info | Información de la Familia/Cuidador
- Health Information
- New Vaccine Requirements
- No Longer Invisible
- Parent/Guardian Organizations (PGOs)
- Parent Tips
- Report Cards
- School Nutrition
- Seal of Biliteracy
- SEPAC – Special Education Parent Advisory Council
- Steps to Success
- Youth Engagement
From Our Superintendent
“The mission of our district is to support our talented students in every step of their educational journey, from Pre-K to graduation, and to help them become successful, contributing members of our multicultural society. We challenge students to strive toward the outer edge of their skill level, while still maintaining a whole-child approach that supports their creativity and social skills development. ARPS teachers are experts in their field who are deeply knowledgeable about their content, but their dedication to students is what draws families to our schools.
ARPS students are incredibly academically successful, and we are extremely proud of that success; however, we have just as much pride in our students’ cultural and social growth. ARPS has a very diverse student body, with more than 40 native languages spoken. As a community, we honor all of our students’ heritages with an unwavering commitment to equity and social justice. Those commitments, along with our unique demographics, ensure that ARPS students learn as much from each other as they do from the formal curriculum.
I am honored to serve the ARPS community as we work together to help our students reach their goals and realize their full potential. Welcome to ARPS!”
– Dr. Michael Morris
Our News & Announcements
The Caminantes Dual Language Program (English & Spanish) has released a video. Take a look!
As we complete our first full year of in-person learning since the 2018-2019 school year, the district wishes our students, families, caretakers, staff, and the broader ARPS community a wonderful summer break! We hope you all find time to rest and rejuvenate this...
Pelham Elementary is now accepting School Choice applications through June 15th. The lottery will take place on June 17th. You can submit a School Choice Form with the link attached. There will also be an Open House on April 20th at 11am. Please see the flyer for more...