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Acton District and Curriculum

Acton-Boxborough Regional’s mission is for all students to reach their maximum potential by becoming lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and contributors to a global society. Values include the whole development (social, emotional, and physical) and well-being of the students, an outstanding education that allows each student to reach his/her potential, a wide range of extracurricular activities available to all students, a diverse learning community that is embraced by all, literacy and technology skills that are necessary for the 21st century, and a curriculum that is research-based.

We currently cover the following Acton-area school district: Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Acton District Curriculum

AB School District has incorporated the Common Core State Standards in its instruction. The district explains that Massachusetts opted to add 15 percent of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for literacy and math into the national Common Core Standards to create these new state standards. The Common Core State Standards provide clear, consistent expectations for learning to teachers, students, and parents and better prepare students for college and their careers, for example, the standards require students to read more complex texts and to read independently more frequently.

The district is very serious about clearly outlining to parents what their children are expected to learn and achieve. For the elementary grades, objectives for each grade level and content area are (including specials) are posted. For the secondary levels, a detailed syllabus for each academic course is available. Additionally, ABRSD continually gives updates on curricular work that is being done within the district and creates a summary highlighting key curricular areas.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Acton Educational News

  • Students Place in Top Ten in Hawaii - A team of students from Acton-Boxborough Regional High had the opportunity to travel to Honolulu, HI to take part in the 33rd annual United States Academic Decathlon National Competition in which they placed ninth. The Academic Decathlon consists of 10 events, including seven multiple-choice exams that each features a different content area and a culminating Super Quiz relay event that involves most of the content areas that competitors were tested on.
  • Acton-Boxborough Regional Grad Awarded Girl Scout Scholarship - A recent graduate of ABRHS received the 2014 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Scholarship. She was chosen for her commitment to the Girl Scouts and her inspiring other girls to be courageous, confident, and have character. She plans to attend college, where she will major in education and history.
  • AB Honored with Green Ribbon Award - In 2013, Acton-Boxborough Regional was one of only 14 school districts in the nation to be awarded the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award. The U.S. Department of Education handed out this prestigious award to districts that greatly reduce environmental impacts and costs, improve student and staff wellness, and provide environmental education incorporating STEM.

Acton Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

Chalk Talk: The SAT: Format and Strategy

Parents and students often think SAT tutoring is needed in order to get a grasp of the content that is on the test. Of course this is true, but SAT instructors also place a high priority on the content of the test and test-taking strategies particularly effective for that SAT. First of all, the SAT is different than the tests taken in school in that it actually penalizes students for answering questions incorrectly. Getting an answer incorrect results in a one-quarter point deduction from one’s score, while leaving an answer blank results in no points being taken away. This unique feature of the SAT is often criticized, but it is there, so students need to be taught how to balance when to take a guess on a or leave blank questions they are unsure of, which can be difficult because students have always been instructed to take a guess when they are not sure of an answer. It is important, however, that students are not scared away from taking guesses because they will not have the opportunity to earn points on the questions they leave unanswered.