I am very pleased to welcome you to the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical District website. The creation of this school district, which opened in September 2014, represents the visionary work of leaders from our seventeen (17) member districts, along with the Department of Agriculture, in merging the North Shore Vocational School, Essex Agricultural High School, and programs from Peabody High School.
While there are a number of outstanding technical high schools in Massachusetts, Essex North Shore is truly unique in offering agricultural programs like veterinary technology, equine sciences, and landscaping and turf management as part of career offerings. In addition, these programs presently enroll students from our member communities, as well as from 38 other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. In total, our students have access to 24 career technical programs in four (4) academies: Animal and Plant Science, Technology and Services, Life and Natural Science, and Construction Technology.
Our mission is to provide students with both an academic and technical education that expands their opportunities after high school. Specifically, our programs provide students with the opportunity to attend college and/or enter the job market after graduation. We do so by providing quality instruction, by meeting the individual needs of our students, by providing outstanding learning environments and resources, and by hiring outstanding educators. Moreover, our partnership programs with colleges and employers, our internship and cooperative education programs, and our early college options ensure that students have an opportunity to explore their future options while still in high school.
In addition, the staff at Essex Technical High School has created a school culture based on respect for all learners. We are all committed to honoring the individual differences among our students, to offering a wide array of student activities and athletics, and to providing appropriate supports for our students through guidance and special education services.
Finally, we are committed to serving the residents of our member communities. Specifically, we are striving to provide an outstanding adult education program to assist individuals looking for additional career training and/or in making a career change. We consider the K-12 school districts in our member communities to be our partners in providing hands-on learning experiences for all students. We look for opportunities to provide service in our member communities, including working with city and town officials, as well as non-profits, on specific projects. We consider ourselves to be an important contributor to the educational and civic lives of our North Shore communities.
I hope that you will find our website to be helpful as you attempt to learn more about Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical District and Essex Technical High School.
William H. Lupini, Ed.D.