Located in Worcester County, the Quabbin Regional School District serves students, families and community members in five rural, central Massachusetts towns – Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree and Oakham – while offering its academic opportunities to more than four hundred school choice students from more than twenty sending towns.
The District is governed by one school committee with fifteen members from the five member towns. The superintendent serves as the parliamentarian.
Each of the member towns has its own elementary school: Ruggles Lane Elementary School in Barre with about 450 students, Hardwick Elementary School in Hardwick’s Gilbertville Village educates approximately 250 students, Hubbardston Center School with approximately 350 young learners, New Braintree Grade School has approximately 140 students and Oakham Center School has over 200 students.
Commencing in the 2010 fall academic year, the Oakham Center School and New Braintree Grade School grade were combined. The New Braintree Grade School hosts children in grades pre-kindergarten through first grade, while the Oakham Center School hosts childen in grades 2 through 6 for students New Braintree and Oakham.
The district has one regional middle and high school located mid-district on a 109-acre campus in Barre. Our middle school, which houses grades 7 & 8, has an average enrollment of 450 students and the high school, grades 9 – 12, averages 800 students. Each school is guided by a principal and administrative support staff, employs a school nurse and has full custodial, maintenance and food service staff. The district proudly notes that 99.5% of our teachers are highly qualified in their core academic classes with an average 15:1 student/teacher ratio.
Student athletes, musicians, academicians, and performers study, compete, participate and perform throughout the state in athletic competitions, musical and drama performances, debates, Model UN scenarios, geography bees, Massachusetts History Day, junior engineering competitions, Envirothon, Destination Imagination, internships, Nature’s Classrooms, travel abroad and to our nation’s capital. Hubbardston Center School and the high school tend a vegetable garden, complete with compost and greenhouse, providing fresh produce for its students & faculty, high school astronomy students study the night sky through an on-campus telescope, while physics students study alternative energy with an on-site trailer equipped with a wind turbine, photovoltaic panels, an insulated water tank, 4000 watts of battery storage, a 2000 watt inverter and electric control panels.
The 250,000 sq. foot middle/high school is located on 109 acres in rural Massachusetts with carefully groomed athletic fields with Alumni Field under lights for evening competition, an outdoor track at the middle/high school and a well maintained environmental science research area which includes a pond, a greenhouse, an observatory, and many areas for outdoor ecological study. Each elementary school has an updated playground and some include adjacent ball fields for both town and school use.
The Quabbin Regional High School has earned NEASC accreditation.