AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
21 MATTOON STREET • AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS 01002
PHONE: (413) 362-1700 • FAX: (413) 549-9704
CEEB CODE: 220015
Superintendent Principal Guidance Staff
Maria Geryk Mark Jackson Ericka Alschuler, (Sh-Z) Counselor
Maureen Fleming, Counselor/Department Head
Kelly Cortis, Counselor (A-C)
Assistant Principals Alessandra Mucci-Ramos, Counselor (D-He)
Miki Lee Gromacki Margaret Fallon, Counselor (Hi-Mc)
Diane Chamberlain Sherry Balzano, Counselor (Me-Se)
Myra Ross, College Advisor
Lisa Zephyr, Student Support/Guidance Counselor
Amherst is a college community with a population of 34,874 located in the Connecticut River Valley;87 miles west of Boston, 23 miles north of Springfield. Amherst is the home of Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College, with
Mount Holyoke College and Smith College nearby.
Amherst Regional High School is a four-year comprehensive regional school serving the towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, and
Shutesbury. ARHS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Enrollment is 1,100 with a senior class of 278. The student body is culturally diverse with a population that includes 64% Caucasian, 7% African-American, 10% Asian, 12%
Hispanic, 7% Multi-Racial , .5 % American Indian and Alaskan Native, and includes native speakers of 43 languages. The student-faculty ratio is 12 to1. Masters or doctoral degrees are held by 87% of the faculty.
AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL'S CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS
The high school administration, faculty, and staff believe: 1) in promoting high achievement for all students; 2) in working from
research-based best practices that promote student achievement; 3) that an education in diversity and social justice is essential for all members of our community. We believe that these values help us to recognize our civic responsibilities and the potential we share to make a positive difference in and beyond the school.
The Amherst Regional Public School system is a founding member of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), an
unprecedented national coalition of multiracial school districts that have come together to study the disparity in achievement between white students and students of color through intensive research. The Network was established to discover, develop, and implement
the means to ensure high academic achievement of minority students.
88 Credits (grades 9-12), which include:
16 English credits (including 2 Oral Communication and 8 Literature)
12 Social Studies credits (including 4 of U. S. History)
8 Laboratory Science credits
8 Mathematics credits
2 Physical Education credits
2 Health Education credits
A fully enrolled student at ARHS takes a minimum of 22 credits each year. This includes study in five major academic subject areas
plus physical education, health education, or elective courses.
ARHS operates on a trimester system. A typical student schedule includes three core subjects for two trimesters and four core
subjects for one trimester plus one or two electives each trimester. In addition to a variety of required and elective courses in the core
academic areas of mathematics, sciences, social studies, English, and world languages (5 modern and 1 classical), students can choose
from nearly one hundred course opportunities in business education, family and consumer science, computer science, art, technology
education, and music and the performing arts. All of these course offerings are college preparatory.
Advanced Placement offerings are available in Calculus (AB & BC), Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish, European History, Biology,
Physics, Environmental Science, and English Literature and Composition. Advanced Placement credit in English is awarded after the
successful completion of two AP English literature electives. (Students who enroll in two honors literature classes over the course of
their junior and senior years and successfully complete the Advanced Placement Project and Portfolio in both will receive an AP credit
designation on their transcript.) At ARHS, the junior/senior English elective titled Journalistic Writing (formerly Journalism) is not a
production class, but rather a writing class dedicated to improving composition skills.
In Mathematics, ARHS students can choose a traditional course sequence which includes Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-
Calculus/Trigonometry, or the Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) sequence. IMP courses are organized around central
questions or themes and challenge students to solve a variety of routine and non-routine problems that develop mathematical concepts
and habits of mind. Both sequences are offered at the college preparatory and honors levels, and both sequences prepare students for
the study of calculus.
Alternative Learning Programs (ALP) permits students to propose independent studies or alternative projects to meet individual
course and department goals. This work is conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor and may involve academic activities,
volunteer experience, local college courses, vocational exploration, or work experience either on or off campus. Credit is given for
these experiences. Via the early entrant program at Greenfield Community College, Amherst Regional High School students may take
classes at GCC and will be considered as dual enrollment students. Students may be enrolled both part-time at GCC and Amherst
Regional High School or full-time at GCC. All credits earned will be used to fulfill ARHS graduation requirements. Qualified upper-
grade students may also enroll in courses at local colleges (typically Amherst College or the University of Massachusetts/Amherst) to
pursue advanced studies. Students are expected to request official transcripts from these colleges to be sent to any post secondary
schools to which they are applying.
Students at ARHS are able to extend their learning outside of the classroom into the community. The Experiential Education
Program, which includes a seminar, supports students in internships, community service activities or teaching assistantships. A Work
Study Program is also available to students. Credit is given for these experiences.
Some Amherst Regional High School students attend in-district alternative programs. These programs, South East Campus (SEC),
and the Center for Diverse Learners [CDL] are designed for students who benefit from small classes with instruction geared toward
individualized learning needs.
Various programs in grades 9-12 permit those students who qualify to:
1. test out of a course;
2. complete a course early;
3. take a course by independent study;
4. enroll in courses at local colleges;
5. graduate early.
Seniors can take afternoon college classes. The interface with our trimester schedule is difficult. Amherst College classes are free.
Students must apply to individual professors for pre-approval in April of the preceding year. UMass classes can cost more than $1,000
each and are cost prohibitive for many students. At both institutions students are allowed to register at the beginning of each semester
if space is available.
Members of the class of 2012 have been subject to mandated directed study requirements during their years at ARHS. In 2009-10, as
sophomores, students were required to register for two directed studies among their fifteen course blocks. No student was permitted
to enroll in more than thirteen blocks of classes. Some students were able to replace the directed study with an elective or Alternative
All academic courses at Amherst Regional High School are college preparatory. Courses designated as Honors are characterized by an
accelerated pace, an intensive examination of content, or both. Honors courses demand substantial independent work, extensive use
of supplementary materials, and sophisticated analysis and synthesis of information and ideas. Courses designated as Advanced
Placement are courses that are similar to Honors courses in level of challenge and expectations but that follow the college-level AP
curricula established by the College Board.
GRADE POINT AVERAGES AND CLASS RANK
An unweighted grade point average is computed for all Amherst Regional High School students. It includes grades for all courses completed by the end of the preceeding trimester. All graded courses taken at ARHS are included, with the following exceptions: 1)
P.E., 2) ALPs, and 3) Special Education courses that are not designated for credit towards graduation. Courses transferred from other
high schools or taken outside of ARHS (including college or university courses) are not included in a student’s GPA.
When reporting to colleges, the High School reports a student’s individual unweighted GPA. Amherst Regional High School does not
provide individual or decile rankings.
The courses that are included in a grade point average are graded on a 4.0 scale.
A+/A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0
AWARDS/SPECIAL DISTINCTIONS IN 2011
ADVANCED PLACEMENT INFORMATION
Amherst Regional High School encourages students to take AP courses but does not require them to take the AP exams. 143 students
(26% of juniors and seniors) took at least one AP exam in 2011.
34% scored 5 29% scored 4 26% scored 3
26 AP Scholars; 3 AP Scholars with Honors; 4 AP Scholars with Distinction
Each year a number of ARHS students receive awards and distinctions in a variety of areas. Examples from the 2010-11 school year
Varsity JETS Teams ranked 14th in their division nationally; Junior Varisity JETS Teams ranked 4th in their division nationally and
first overall in Massachusetts.
In their first year, the Science Olympiad team placed 22 of 41 teams in MA, even without entering four of the events. 2 Semi-Finalist in the Math Olympiad, 3 students ranked honors in the American Mathematics Contest and one of these students was
invited to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Competition.
7 Gold Medals and 3 Silver Medals were awarded at the Advanced level, 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal at the Intermediate Level,
and 1 Gold Medal, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the beginner level in the National Russian Essay Contest; 1 Gold Medal thand 1 Bronze Medal at the Advanced Level, and 3 Gold Medals at the Intermediate level in the 36 Annual New England Olimpiada
of Spoken Russian.
ARHS students received 12 Maximum cum laude Silver Medals, 7 summa cum laude Gold Medals, 6 earned Magna cum laude and 10 cum laude in the National Latin Exam.
6 students were awarded Gold Keys and 4 were awarded Silver Keys in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition. 2 students were accepted to the Massachusetts Art All-State
ARHS varsity teams reached the state finals in Division I Girls’ Basketball, Softball and Tennis. Our Ultimate Frisbee teams are the reigning Massachusetts and Eastern Champions.
15 ARHS students were named to Massachusetts All-State musical ensembles
2 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program
1 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar
(Includes testing for all students, including English Language Learners and students who have Individualized Education Plans)
Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008
National Merit Semifinalists 6 1 9 1 3
National Merit Commendations 13 17 20 19 25
Percentage of Class Taking PSAT 63 74 71 71 67
SAT DATA FOR THE CLASS OF 2011:
234 students (87% of the class) took the SAT exam. The middle 50% critical reading score was 520-670 (mean score 588). The middle 50% mathematics score was 520-660 (mean score 591). The middle 50% writing score was 520-650 (mean score 580).
ACT DATA FOR THE CLASS OF 2011:
114 students (42% of the class) took the ACT exam. The average English score was 27.9. The average Math score was 27.6. The average Reading score was 28.0. The average Science score was 25.9. The average Composite score was 27.5.
FOLLOW-UP STUDY OF ARHS GRADUATES
(As of October 1, 2011)
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Number of Graduates 270 285 286 285 323 290 322 310 299 345 281 Four-Year Colleges 76% 71% 76% 72% 73% 76% 73% 76% 74% 77% 74%
Two-Year Colleges/Post Secondary Schools 14% 18% 16% 18% 18% 16% 19% 17% 19% 15% 19%
Military -0- 1% .5% -0- .5% -0- .5% .5% 1% -0- -0-
Employed 5% 10% 6% 8% 7% 7% 6% 6% 6% 6% 7% Other 5% -0- 1.5% 1.5% 2.0% 1% 1% .5% 1% 1% -0
COLLEGES AND NUMBER OF STUDENTS ATTENDING FOR THE CLASS OF 2011
Amherst College 1 Liberty University 1 University of California at San Diego 1 Assumption College 2 Macalester College 1 University of California at Santa Barbara 1 Babson College 1 Marquette University 1 University of California at Santa Cruz 1 Bard College 2 Marymount University 1 University of Connecticut 1 Barnard College 5 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2 University of Georgia 1 Baruch College of the CUNY 1 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 2 University of Maryland, College Park 2 Bates College 1 McDaniel College 1 University of Massachusetts, Amherst 28 Beloit College 3 McGill University 1 University of Massachusetts, Lowell 2 Binghamton University 1 Middlebury College 1 University of Michigan 1 Boston College 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato 1 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1 Boston University 5 Mount Holyoke College 7 University of New England 1 Bowdoin College 1 Mount Ida College 1 University of Oregon 1 Bridgewater State University 1 New York University 1 University of Pennsylvania 2 Brown University 1 Nichols College 1 University of Pittsburgh 1 Bryn Mawr College 1 North Carolina State University 1 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez 1 Carleton College 1 Northeastern University 5 University of Southern California 2 Carnegie Mellon University 1 Oberlin College 2 University of Vermont 3 Clark University 3 Pitzer College 2 University of Virginia 1 Colgate University 1 Pratt Institute 1 Vanderbilt University 1 College of Mount Saint Vincent 1 Princeton University 1 Vassar College 3 Collin County Community College District 1 Quinnipiac University 1 Warren Wilson College 1 Colorado College 1 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1 Webb Institute 1 Columbia University 1 Rochester Institute of Technology 3 Wesleyan University 4 Cornell College 2 Saint Anselm College 1 Western New England College 2 Dartmouth College 1 Saint Michaels College 1 Westfield State University 2 Denison University 3 Salem State University 2 Westminster College, UT 1 Duke University 2 Sarah Lawrence College 1 Wheaton College MA 1 East Carolina University 1 Skidmore College 1 Wheelock College 1 Emerson College 4 Smith College 1 Williams College 2 Emory University 1 Springfield Technical Community College 2 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2 Framingham State University 1 St. John's College, MD 1 Worcester State University 1 Franklin and Marshall College 1 St. Johns River Community College, FL 1 Yale University 1 Green Mountain College 1 St. Lawrence University 3 Greenfield Community College 19 Suffolk University 1 PG Programs Grinnell College 1 SUNY College at Cortland 1 Northfield Mount Hermon School 1 Hampshire College 1 SUNY College at Oneonta 1 Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT) 1 Hartwick College 1 The Art Inst. of Leslie at Boston Univ. 1 Bridgton Academy (Bridgton, MA) 1 Hendrix College 1 The College of Saint Rose 1 The Williston Northampton School 1 Holyoke Community College 13 Trinity College, CT 3 Kenyon College 1 Tufts University 3 International Universities Landmark College 1 Union College 1 Korea 1 Lesley University 1 University of California at Irvine 1 Poland 1
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 11% enrolled at University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Of those attending four-year institutions:
44% enrolled at other New England colleges and schools. 32% enrolled at public four-year colleges and universities.
36% enrolled at schools/colleges outside New England. 68% enrolled at private four-year colleges and universities.