Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School

40 Woodland Avenue
Beverly MA 01915
978.921.6116 phone
978.921.1995 fax

Elaina Byrne, Principal

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 School is situated on top of Greene’s Hill in the Ryal Side area of Beverly, 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, we are a state of the art facility where 21st century learning takes place.  Here at Ayers we teach and practice the 4 C's: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Along with a STEAM/media center, each classroom uses technology to enhance students' learning experiences.

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 in order to help all students be successful. We are proud to be home to the City of Beverly’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program for elementary students. These students, who come from countries throughout the world, are fully immersed in regular education classrooms.

We have active parent groups, which participate in many ways throughout the school. Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) conducts fundraising to support important student events such as field trips, book fairs and enrichment assemblies. In addition, they have also made major contributions to our school, including the purchase and installation of a playground structure. Likewise, our School Council actively engages in advancing student learning by helping create academically-based afterschool programs, including mathematics, science and art.  A nutritious breakfast program and a quality afterschool childcare program also add to our school day.

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.

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


Elaina Byrne

Equity Coordinators:
Erin Fitzpatrick, Adjustment Counselor 978.921.6116 x144
Meaghan Hart 978.921.6116 x155