Acton 1876

At the time the Town of Acton was incorporated in 1830 there were 10 school districts with a total of 625 scholars. Sometime, between 1830 and 1854, 3 more school districts were added. This doesn't mean they all went to school, but a census was taken in April of each year because the Town was paid by the State according to this census.  The amount paid was $3.00 per scholar, whether or not they attended school.
 
District 1 - Hilton's Ridge School, built 1856 and discontinued 1937
District 2 - Lincoln School at South Acton, built 1884 and discontinued 1957 - see Lincoln School Preservation Project
District 3 - Franklin School at Hubbard's Corner, discontinued 1919
District 4 - Joy School, built 1837 and discontinued 1906
District 5 - Hubbard's Ridge School, discontinued 1886
District 6 - Frog Pond School on Peck Road, built 1876 and discontinued 1893
District 7 - Foxes Ridge School, built 1883 and discontinued 1942
District 8 - Garvin Road School, discontinued 1886
District 9 - Acton Corner School, built 1886 and discontinued 1957 - now the Acton Library
District 10 - Hopper Road School, discontinued 1886
District 11 - Acton Ridge School, discontinued 1937
District 12 - Young's Ridge School, discontinued about 1930
District 13 - Great East School, no records of any schoolhouse being built. Pupils attended
                        school in other Districts.
District 14 - Riverside School, built 1876 and discontinued 1957*
 
* In 1876 District 6 was divided, creating District 14.
 
After much controversy over a period of several years, it was finally voted to build a consolidated elementary school.  In 1957 the Lincoln Schoolhouse, Riverside Schoolhouse and the Acton Corner Schoolhouse were the last of the above schoolhouses to close and  a new school (Acton Elementary School) was ready and opened, with 80 elementary students.  Dedication was October 6, 1957.  In 1979 a new addition was opened with a total of 169 elementary students attending. 
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