History of Amesbury Innovation High School
Amesbury Innovation High School (AIHS), formely Amesbury Academy Charter Public School, was founded in 2001 by a group of teachers and administrators who felt there was a need to provide an alternative to students who were not succeeding in a traditional high school setting. They created AIHS a small learning environment (50 students) that was based on individual student success, regardless of personal or academic struggles. The school has both a strong academic and therapeutic program. With this whole student approach, the AIHS administration and staff has had 16 years of graduates who self-proclaim they would not have graduated from high school if it were not for the program. AIHS continues to stay at the forefront of alternative school research, including Social Emotional Learning curriculum integration, in order to continually enhance student learning and success. When students graduate from AIHS, they have a transition plan for their future, as well as a reliable resource to return to for support. In 2015, the charter school was dropped and the school became an innovation school. This has allowed the school to continue to move in a positive direction and meet the need of a diverse group of learners, and allow studetns from out of district to enroll on a tuition basis.