More than 10,000 acres of Sudury still belong to forests, crops and
pastures, making the town seem much farther than its 22 miles west of
Boston. Reminders of the town’s earlier farming days are evident in the
old barns, wells, stone walls, pastures, and roads which follows the lay
of the land, not a designer’s plan. Most homes here sit on large lots,
making gardening a popular warm-weather pastime. Though the town’s
population grew about 10% each year from 1970 – 1975, the density per
square mile is one of the lowest inthis region of the state.
Public recreation facilities and conservation land are distributed over
more than 100 acres, including facilities for swimming, ice skating,
shuffleboard, exercise tracks, cross country skiing, fishing, boating,
tennis courts, bridle trails, soft ball, baseball, football, and soccer
fields (memberships to private golf, swim and tennis clubs are also
available). The town sponsors well organized scouting and Little league
programs, Pop Warner football, youth hockey, junior ski, soccer and
basketball programs. Adults can enjoy Sudbury’s Newcomer’s Club (which
also welcomes “old comers”), Garden Club, professional Women’s club and
a local theatre group..
The Sudbury public school system is composed of two independent entities, Elementary (encompassing kindergarten through eighth grades) and the Regional High School (run jointly with the town of Lincoln). Each has separate operating budgets, administrators and a principal or superintendent. Nonetheless, the administrations strive to cooperate with each other, working in tandem to provide the continuity for a smooth transition from the elementary levels to high school. The entire system incorporates seven buildings, housing six schools and a business/administrative office, and employs nearly 200 certified teachers.
There are four elementary schools and one middle school within the
Sudbury School Commission, with business offices located at 40 Fairbanks
Road in the Fairbanks Center. Due to substantial increases in
enrollments, Nixon, Haynes, Noyes and Loring schools serve grades K – 4,
while the Curtis Middle School now includes grades 5 through 8. The K-8
system offers a traditional core curriculum and a number of special
programs such as “Catalyst” for gifted students and computer literacy.
The Lincoln Sudbury School Committee oversees both Lincoln-Sudbury
Regional High School and L-S West, an alternative school for special
needs students. Both are run jointly by the towns of Sudbury and
Lincoln. The school is accredited through New England Association of
Schools and Colleges, Inc. and the Massachusetts Department of
Education. The four year public high school enrolled 1,137 students for
1994-1995, including students from Boston in the METCO Program. Students
at Lincoln Sudbury may choose from college preparatory classes and an
entry-level vocational training curriculum.
Along with standard graduation requirements, students may choose from a
wide variety of specialized studies, much like collegiate course
choices. More than 75% of the L-S student body take advantage of a wide
array of extra curricular activities, including 44 different
interscholastic team sports, foreign language clubs, literary and
history journals, drama, band, yearbook and newspaper staffing and
school-sponsored international travel. The high school also sponsors a
diversified evening Adult Education Program.
The Mass Department of Education maintains an excellent page of
information on Sudbury’s school system.
Boston and The MetroWest Area
There is no other region of our country that can boast the
variety of recreational, cultural, industrial, and educational
opportunities that exist here in New England. Active and staid,
invigorating and relaxing, ancient and modern, agricultural and
industrial, traditional and revolutionary – a land of contrasts. Within
the borders of the state are vast ocean beaches and scenic mountains,
apple orchards and silicon valleys, sleepy cow towns and bustling
cities, producing a diversity in culture, lifestyle, commerce and
The oldest urban center in the New World, Boston is unique in its
history and composition. Unparalleled cultural and historic
institutions, prestigious universities, a thriving business center,
heavily visited tourist sites and ethnic neighborhoods all coexist.
“America’s college town,” boasting more than 200 institutions of higher
learning and many of the world’s most respected Universities, Boston
hosts a student population that keeps the city’s outlook young and fresh
in ironic contrast to its historic cobblestoned streets. Medical
innovation, high technology leaders, and some of the countries oldest
and most prosperous industrial, commercial and financial institutions
bolster a thriving economy. A hotbed of political activity since The
Revolution, producing many famed leaders along the way.
An endless variety of museums, theaters, galleries, and musical venues
bring nightlife and cultural pursuits to new heights. And how about
those Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots! The street vendors in
Haymarket, the old brownstones, the wharves lining the harbor, the gold
domed state house, the rowers in the Charles River on a spring morning –
Boston’s history and beauty are without parallel.
Just 20 minutes west of this world class city, the MetroWest region
stretches out – for the most part residential and agricultural. Sudbury
is at the heart of the MetroWest area, halfway between Boston and
Worcester, encircled by Routes 128 and 495, and dissected by Route 20
(the Boston Post Road), and Interstate 90 (the Mass Pike). The commute
to Boston from here is an easy one, as are the parking lots of any one of the hundreds of
businesses located within our renowned “technology belt of America.”
Although urban business and entertainment areas are easily accessible,
the area retains a relaxed rural and agricultural flavor. Rich in
colonial history, many landmarks still stand. Due west, an equal
distance as to Boston, you will find Worcester, the third largest city
in the state, and home to even more colleges, museums and businesses.