The PreK-12 Nashoba Regional School District includes students from the towns of Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow. The three picturesque and attractive communities are located 20 miles northeast of Worcester, and 40 miles west of Boston, with easy access off Interstates 495 and 190. The area maintains its rural character with working farms and commercial apple orchards. The area is also home to many excellent golf courses, both public and private. Parents in the district value and support their children's education. The residents of the three communities are also vitally concerned with education, support the schools financially and help to maintain an active community volunteer program.
The Nashoba Regional School District is comprised of two elementary schools, one PK-8 school, two middle schools, and one high school.
The schools and their approximate enrollments are as follows:
The average class sizes across the district are as follows:
The district employs approximately 225 certified regular education staff and 80 certified special education staff. They are supported and assisted in the classroom by approximately 110 certified and non-certified tutors and aides.
Nashoba has implemented and made substantial progress on the scope and sequence of curriculum across the district. Content area teams under the direction of curriculum specialists have worked extremely hard to insure that the district's curriculum is aligned properly with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. A major emphasis of the district's professional development plan is on curriculum and instruction.
Along with the comprehensive core curriculum at each school, a broad range of programs including art, music, computer technology, and a comprehensive health program are offered at all levels K-8. A newly renovated science academy in Stow is used for science and engineering instruction for elementary students.
The High School offers several Advanced Placement courses and an extensive variety of elective courses in all content areas as well as in the performing arts, visual arts, family and consumer science, and technology areas. A unique new course called Science and Engineering is designed so that students may integrate and apply science and engineering concepts.
The district is committed to providing ongoing relevant professional development activities for all teachers. A committee of administrators and teachers sets the agenda for all early release days, professional development days, and a professional development newsletter.
The district mentoring program matches veteran teachers with new teachers to provide a structure that meets the needs of new teachers in a non-supervisory and non-evaluative manner. The mentoring program helps foster a climate of collegiality and cooperation, reduces the isolation of teachers, and creates an environment where there is an emphasis on teachers learning from one another, novice from expert and expert from novice.
All classroom teachers have their own laptop to use in school. In addition, every room in the district has Internet connectivity. Teachers are trained to use and integrate these technologies into their every day classroom activities.