Schools

ROYALSTON SCHOOLS

(Rev. September 8, 2018)

Royalston belongs to two school districts (SD)

  • Athol-Royalston Regional (ARRSD)
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical (MRVTSD)

Royalston students typically attend:

  • K-6: Royalston Community School (RCS) in Royalston
  • 7-8: Athol-Royalston Middle School (ARMS) in Athol
  • 9-12: Athol High School (AHS) in Athol

OR

  • 9-12 Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
  • (Monty Tech) in Fitchburg

Royalston also has home schooled students (K-12, under the jurisdiction of ARRSD; contact the central office at 978-249-2400 to obtain the home school policy), students who “choice out” to other public schools, and students in a variety of parochial and private schools.

Royalston residents are generous in their support of education – both individually and through not-for-profit agencies. Among them:

The Athol-Royalston Education Foundation “AREF” – an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) community organization established by a group of supporters of public education in the ARRSD. AREF which provides a permanent fund to support innovative educational programs, partnerships and enrichment activities which are outside of the funding normally provide in the school budget for Athol and Royalston. www.atholroyalstoneducationfoundation.org ; President Joann Deacon TEL- 978-249-3408.

The Royalston Academy, Inc. – an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by Katherine Seymour Bullock Cole, to enhance educational and cultural experiences for the children and adults of Royalston. Their contact point is Royalston Academy, Inc.; P.O. Box 130; Royalston, MA 01368; Chairman Alan W. Bowers – TEL. 978-249-7164.

The South Royalston School Reunion Association – a group comprised of anyone who ever taught, was taught or had children as students in the South Royalston Elementary School. The group gathers on an annual basis. President Luanne (LaRoche) Simula TEL 978-249-8746.


ATHOL-ROYALSTON REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT “ARRSD”
www.arrsd.org

Superintendent Dr. Darcy M. Fernandes, Ed.D.

1062 Pleasant Street; Athol
TEL – 978-249-2400   ~   dfernandes@arrsd.org

Royalston Elementary School (RCS)
Principal Beth Craven

96 Winchendon Road; Royalston
TEL – 978-249-2900   ~   bcraven@arrsd.org
FAX 978-249-4110

At RCS, grades three and four, and five and six are “co-taught,” with students spending a half-day with each teacher; math & science being taught by one teacher, and English language arts and social studies taught by the other.

Royalston Parent-Teacher Group
2018-2019 School Year
96 Winchendon Road; Royalston
TEL – 978-249-2900 x109   ~   royalstoncommunityschoolptg@gmail.com

Athol-Royalston Middle School “ARMS”
Principal Thomas Telicki
1062 Pleasant Street; Athol
TEL – 978-249-2430 x5102   ~   ttelicki@arrsd.org
FAX – 978-249-0055

Athol High School “AHS”
Principal Mary Jane Rickson
2363 Main Street; Athol
TEL – 978-249-2435 x102   ~   mrickson@arrsd.org
FAX – 978-249-2422

ARRSD School Committee 2018-2019
Meetings are typically third Wednesdays, ARMS Library, 6:30 p.m.

Royalston’s representatives on the ten-member committee:

MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
“MRVTSD” or “MONTY TECH”

Superintendent-Director Dr. Sheila M. Harrity, Ed.D.
1050 Westminster Street; Fitchburg
TEL – 978-343-2506   ~   superintendent@montytech.net
FAX – 978-348-1176

Principal Thomas Browne
1050 Westminster Street; Fitchburg
TEL – 978-345-9200 x5205   ~   browne-thomas@montytech.net
FAX – 978-348-1176

Dir. Of Postgraduate & Continuing Studies
Mary May-Lucchese
1050 Westminster Street; Fitchburg
TEL – 978-345-9200 x5221   ~ may-lucchese-mary@montytech.net

Practical Nursing Program Support Manager
Lea McDonald
1050 Westminster Street; Fitchburg
TEL – 978-345-9200 X5108

MRVTSD School Committee
Meetings are typically the first Wednesdays, MRVTS Conference Room, 7:00 p.m.

Royalston’s representative on the 22-member committee:

Mary C. Barclay m-barclay@montytech.net
978-855-8875 (text/cell) or 978-249-2598

Trades & Professions at Monty Tech:

  • Auto Body/Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Technology
  • CAD & Drafting & Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cabinet Making
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical
  • Engineering Technology
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health Occupations
  • House Carpentry
  • HVAC & Property Maint.
  • Information Technology
  • Masonry
  • Machine Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinarian Science
  • Welding/Metal Fabrication

SERVICES AVAILABLE AT MONTY TECH

INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS: Students provide several services to the general public under the guidance and supervision of highly-qualified staff and faculty. Royalston residents are invited to enroll pre-school aged children in the Childcare Center; make appointments for hair, face, and nail services in the salon; and dine in the Mountain Room Restaurant. Services available are listed under the “community” drop down at https://ma02212741.schoolwires.net/domain/69 or call 978-345-9200 for specific information.

MUNICIPAL DIVISIONS: Royalston’s town municipal divisions and in-district non-profit agencies may request services from any of the 21 trades and professions. Projects must further the school’s primary mission – student learning – and cannot conflict with the school’s philosophy. For specifics on requesting services, see https://ma02212741.schoolwires.net/domain/4199 or contact Director of Vocational Programs Jim Hachey at hachey_james@montytech.net or 978-345-9200 x5251.

OTHER EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR ROYALSTON RESIDENTS

THE VILLAGE SCHOOL
Director Rise Richardson
P.O. Box 122

(Physical address: 253 South Royalston Road. Camp Caravan, part of the Village School, is separately listed, with the physical and mailing address: 255 South Royalston Road)

Royalston, MA 01368
TEL – 978-249-3505  ~   info@villageschoolma.org

The Village School is an independent day school serving grades K-6, located at their newly-opened campus on Route 68, three miles south of The Common, on a 55-acre parcel formerly known as Camp Caravan. The curriculum is based on contact with the natural world, and kindness. The Village School and its parent organization, the Miller’s River Educational Cooperative, offers many events and opportunities for the public throughout the year. Details are available at www.villageschoolma.org, or https://www.facebook.com/village.school.ma/ .

MOUNT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
President Dr. James L. Vander Hooven, Ed.D.
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
TEL – 978-632-6600   ~   www.mwcc.edu

ADMISSIONS TEL – 978-630-9110   ~   www.admissions@mwcc.mass.edu

Mount Wachusett is Royalston’s closest Massachusetts Community College, offering part-time, full-time, dual-enrollment, adult basic education and both for credit and non-credit continuing education.

REACH EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR AGES 0-3
423 Main Street (Located in the PATCH office)
Athol, MA 01331
TEL – 978-249-5070 ~ www.servicenet.org/REACH

The REACH program provides services for Royalston newborns through age three, who have or are at risk for developmental problems. Services available include home visits, parent/child playgroups, and parent support groups.

ATHOL HEAD START FOR AGES 0-12
Athol Community Development Center (CDC)
925 Main Street (Corner of Main and Riverbend Streets)
Athol, MA 01331
TEL – 978-249-9515

Head Start is a pre-school program administered by the Monachusett Opportunity Council’s Child Care and Head Start Services. This program fosters self-esteem and social competence in pre-school children and supports and encourages parents in their roles their children’s as primary caregivers.

EDUCATION/JOBS SKILLS TRAINING FOR AGES 16-24
Shriver Job Corps Center Admissions Office
100 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453
978-534-1418 x267

A no-cost program to help those who have not yet completed high school improved the quality of their lives through education and career technical training. The mission is to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or in line for further education.

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FOR AGES 16+
Schedules for Gardner, Devens, and Leominster Campuses:
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
TEL – 978-630-9259   ~   https://mwcc.edu/academics/noncredit/abe/schedules-locations/

Free classes in Basic Literacy, Preparation for the new High School Equivalency (HiSET), and three levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Distance learning components are available for those unable to attend face-to-face classes. Classes throughout the year.

JOB SKILLS TRAINING FOR AGES 18+

Winchendon Community Action Center (CAC)
273 Central Street
Winchendon, MA 01475
TEL – 978-297-1667

Resume writing, cover letters, local job postings, interview skills; attire suitable for interviews available. For young adults through seniors: “No one is ever turned away…”

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF ORANGE/ATHOL “LOVA”

584 Main Street
Athol, MA 01440
TEL – 978-249-5381   ~   lvoa@verizon.net

Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol promote literacy skills that empower adults to realize their educational, vocational and personal goals. Beginning in 1975, LVOA has provided free, confidential and individualized tutoring in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adults in the North Quabbin communities through the use of professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors. All services are free and confidential. E-contact form is available at https://www.lvao.org/contact .