Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School

40 Woodland Avenue
Beverly MA 01915
978.921.6116 phone
978.921.1995 fax

Dr. Debra Lay, Principal
dlay@beverlyschools.org

Welcome to the Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School website. On behalf of the Ayers Ryal Side School community, I would like to invite you to take this opportunity to learn about our school, staff, and students.

The Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School is situated on top of Greene’s Hill in the Ryal Side area of Beverly, Massachusetts close to the border of Danvers. The school first opened in September of 1961 and was then updated and renovated during the 1998 – 1999 school year. Today, 21st century learning takes place through the use of SMART board technology, iPad and Chromebook applications, a progressive Maker's Space, and the use of cutting-edge information systems that provide us with the most current data on student progress. The Ayers Ryal Side community embraces a shared responsibility among students, faculty, parents and administration to provide each member of its diverse student body with the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. Our teachers utilize varied instructional methods focused on using data to inform instruction while implementing best practices in order to help all students be successful. 

We are dedicated to the development of the full intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential of every student. We provide a safe, respectful environment for all individuals. Our school follows the Responsive Classroom approach. Responsive Classroom is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. We work together as a community to implement a combination of classroom and school-wide practices that support children's academic and social growth. 

Ayers is fortunate to partner with an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that supports important student enrichment assemblies focused on the arts and science as well as numerous fun-filled events for children such as our Trunk or Treat event, pre-winter vacation Movie Night, and numerous Book Fairs. In addition, they have also made major contributions to our school, including the purchase and installation of a playground structure.

Thank you for your interest in the Ayers Ryal Side School. Feel free to email me with any comments or questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Debra J. Lay, Ed. D.

Principal