• 1864  Groton School Committee reports District 11 "requires a school larger than present one".
  • 1869 Present building constructed.
  • 1871 Ayer separates from Groton, taking with it former Groton School Districts 11 & 12.
  • 1906 New trolley line on Sandy Pond Road allows students to ride to new schools in downtown Ayer; town closes Sandy Pond School.
  • 1908 Town of Ayer conveys property to newly formed Sandy Pond School Association
  • 1910 Annual reunion attracts over 100 attendees
  • 1914 Raised platform with piano constructed in former "girls cloakroom".
  • Annual reunions continue into the 1940's.
  • 1956 SPSA becomes a 501(c)3 organization
  • Annual Open Houses held through 2013.
  • 2014 SPSA sets out to reopen school to the public; requests and obtains favorable ruling from Massachusetts Historical Commission on property's eligibility for inclusion on National Register of Historic Sites.
  • 2015-2016 With funding assistance from the Town of Ayer, SPSA commissions and submits nomination for property's inclusion in National Register to Massachusetts Historical Commission.
  • 2016 SPSA obtains grant from Ayer Community Preservation Committee to fund a "conditions assessment" of the property that will provide the basis for a longer-term preservation and maintenance plan.

A Sandy Pond School Timeline

A Sandy Pond School Day

Sand Pond was a small neighborhood school. Its 20-25 students did not arrive in big, yellow, buses, nor did they have a school cafeteria. Students made their way to school on foot, and brought their own lunches. During winter, one or more of the older students would bring in firewood for the wood stove. Another would ring the bell, officially beginning the school day, after which the teacher would greet the students, who would stand to recite the Lord’s Prayer and salute the American flag. The teacher would then hand out assignments to the older children and begin working with the younger students. 

Fun Facts

  • Cost of constructing Sandy Pond School in 1869: $1,028.57
  • Cost of 298 feet of boards to repair building in November 1908: $6.54
  • Annual operating expense for "care of (all Ayer) school-rooms" in 1884: $101.40

Sandy Pond School Association  ​A 501(c)3 organization