About Us

Welcome to the Fitchburg Public Schools

The vision of each of the Fitchburg Public Schools is to provide learning experiences that engage all students in achieving high academic standards while developing intellectual rigor, creative interest, and social characteristics that prepare them for the challenges of living successfully and productively as citizens of this new century.

Our mission is to provide coordinated curricular and extracurricular experiences that inspire students to develop the academic, intellectual, creative, technological, and social skills necessary to work and to participate in our democratic society. Highly qualified educators who motivate and support students in achieving the high standards of literacy and numeracy as described in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks will staff our schools. Teachers, administrators, and parents will collaborate to ensure the effectiveness of learning experiences that are differentiated to meet a variety of student learning styles, needs, and interests. All members of the school community will focus on achieving academic excellence through curricula that promote inquiry and stimulate curiosity and the foundation for lifelong learning.

FY 2023-2024 FPS BUDGET 

We are pleased to announce that the FY 2023-2024 FPS budget was unanimously approved at the School Committee meeting on June 5.  The 23-24 school budget presents a significant investment in additional staff in order to help our students achieve to their fullest potentials.  As a district (and Commonwealth), we are in year three (3) of a six (6) year rollout of the Massachusetts Student Opportunity Act which infuses additional funds to the districts that are deemed most in need.  The Commonwealth is providing Student Opportunity Act funding to Gateway Cities like Fitchburg with the goal of eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps of our students.  The SOA funding over the past two years has allowed us to meet students' needs with appropriate staffing levels and we raised three schools above the state's bottom 10% category.

To explain the "need" factor a bit, there are twelve categories of "need" which is calculated at DESE by low income percentages of the entire Pre-K-12 student population in the specific community, regional school, vocational school, etc.  Category 1 is lowest need/highest income communities/districts (0-6% low income overall) and Category 12 (80%+ low income) would represent the highest need/lowest income communities/districts.  Fitchburg is Category 11 (70-79% low income overall), thus we receive a significant amount of additional funding based on our low income percentages (30.6% of our $96M operating budget).

FY 24 - FPS Budget Book.pdf

2022 - 2025 STRATEGIC PLAN


Final Fitchburg Public Schools 2022-2025 Strategic Plan_ All Means All.pdf
FPS Security - Safety Strategies 4-3-23.pdf


Fitchburg Public Schools Inclusivity Appraisal.pdf

Inclusivity Audit Presentation to the School Committee by Dr. Akuoma Nwadike of Inclusivity Education. 

Dr. Nwadike is a scholar and researcher-practitioner dedicated to social justice in all spaces - especially in K-12 and postsecondary education - through increasing equity and access.

After completing two master’s degrees in education (and M.A. and an M.S.), she concluded her formal education with a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy from the University of Connecticut. She continues to actualize her researcher-to-practitioner analytical and instructional skills.

Dr. Nwadike uses research-based best practices and originally designed frameworks and evaluative models to advocate for, design, implement, and measure culturally and systemically relevant, responsive, and sustainable programming that centers the needs of Black and brown people, predominantly those from underserved communities. Her expertise in research, mixed methods data analysis, and program development and measurement inspired her to adapt one of the many validated theories she studied into a practical way of operationalizing equity work. She then integrated research and data analysis from multiple scholarly sources to design a way to holistically and progressively measure equity in any ecosystem. These designs culminated in the founding of Inclusivity Education, with the Inclusivity Education Model at the center.

- November 2, 2020