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About the Marlborough Public School District

Marlborough Public Schools is a district of 4,654 students (October 2012), served by an early childhood center, three K-4 elementary schools, one 5-8 middle school, and a high school of grades 9-12, with an additional alternative program for high school students. For detailed information about a specific school, use the "Schools" tab above.

The City of Marlborough is a hub for high-tech industry and home to more than 38,000 individuals from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The city’s population grew by about 14 percent throughout the 1990s and has grown steadily since then by about 2-5 percent each year.

Marlborough has seen a wave of immigration in the past ten years, especially with an influx of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking families; 19.5 percent of the city’s population speaks a native language other than English at home. In the Marlborough Public Schools, more than 34 percent of our students live in homes where English is not the first language spoken. The percentage of MPS students whose first language is not English has risen by 40 percent since 2006.

District Mission:

The Marlborough Public Schools values excellence as a standard for both educational programs and services and internal operations, ensuring that each individual student has the opportunity to be successful in an information-rich, global society. Through high expectations and a strong academic program, students will begin and maintain the lifelong learning process which will prepare them for the challenges ahead and the importance of becoming a contributor to their community.

Marlborough Public Schools Districtwide Goals:

Our districtwide goals, adopted as part of our five-year strategic plan, are based on the following premise: If we strengthen teachers’ ability to reach a wider range of students and learning styles while increasing rigor in all content areas, then we will raise academic performance for all students.

  • Goal 1: Student Achievement - All students in the Marlborough Public Schools will learn at high levels of academic expectations, and the achievement gap will be eliminated.
  • Goal 2: Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency - All operations in the Marlborough Public Schools will be efficient and effective.
  • Goal 3: Family Involvement and Community Engagement - Marlborough Public Schools will foster partnerships with the community and improve communication and engagement to support our students and system.
  • Goal 4: Culture - Marlborough Public Schools will foster a culture that supports high expectations.

Detailed information about these goals can be found in Believe 2012, the district’s five-year strategic plan.

Funding:

Marlborough Public Schools is funded through a variety of sources. We typically receive funding from Chapter 70 state aid* (see next paragraph) and local aid. We are grateful to the City of Marlborough for its longstanding record of supporting our schools, as local aid makes up the largest portion of our revenue and operating budget. Funding to support educational offerings in the district also is generated by Circuit Breaker funds, revolving accounts, and grants. Revolving accounts include sources of revenue such as tuitions, fees for athletics, activities and meals. We regularly rely on grant funding from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to support students with disabilities, students from low-income families, and English language learners (ELL). Circuit Breaker reimbursements are allocated by the state through DESE to assist localities with increasing and volatile special education expenses.

*Massachusetts Chapter 70 funding is the state’s program for ensuring adequate and equitable K-12 education funding. It determines an adequate spending level for each school district, called the Foundation Budget, and then uses each community’s property values and residents’ incomes to determine how much of the Foundation Budget should be funded from local property taxes.

For detailed information on the district’s budgeting process, visit this site’s Budget Web page.
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Marlborough Public Schools Belief Statements - We believe and value:

  • The individuality and uniqueness of each child.
  • The special talents and abilities of each child.
  • The truth that all children can learn.
  • The respect for personal and cultural diversity.
  • The respect and dignity of each member of the school community.
  • The student’s right to equal access to educational opportunity.
  • The partnership between the school system and the community.

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