School Profile

School Profile 2021-2022 

CEEB/ACT Code: 220-980 

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School opened as a four-year Massachusetts public career technical and agricultural high school in September 2014. Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School admits students from 17 member communities to the district’s 24 career technical, animal science, agricultural, or natural resources programs. Member communities include Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham. Students from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also eligible to earn admission to Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School’s 7* animal science, agricultural, or natural resources programs.

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School’s students are immersed in both their academic studies and career technical programs throughout each year of their enrollment. Academic courses are available at the college preparatory (CP), accelerated college preparatory (ACP), honors (H), and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. Career technical program placement is determined after participation in a Freshman Exploratory Program. Eligible students may also participate in the Cooperative Education Program beginning Junior Year.

Academic and CTE Program coursework is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (2011), Massachusetts Career Vocational Technical Education Frameworks (2014), and Massachusetts High School Program of Studies (MassCore). Upon successful completion of local and state requirements, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School graduates are awarded both a Massachusetts high school diploma and a certificate of completion from their career technical program and pathway. See also ENSATS Program of Studies SY 20-21.

COVID-19 Updates

SPRING 2020: Beginning March 18, 2020, through the end of School Year 2020, ENSATS students accessed content and curriculum and met promotion and graduation requirements off-campus through ENSAT’s Instructional Continuity Plan. While instruction was asynchronous, synchronous support from instructors and school counseling staff was available to all students during the campus closure. ENSATS maintained the grading system and GPA scale that had been employed prior to the Spring 2020 campus closure and did not operate on a Pass/Fail system during the campus closure.

FALL 2020: ENSATS students are engaged in our MA DESE approved hybrid model with on-campus, in-person instruction every other school day and synchronous remote instruction on the opposite school days. For more information see ENSATS Return-To-School Plan 2020-2021. Families could also elect full remote learning for SY 21 consistent with MA DESE mandates.

Heidi T. Riccio, Ed.D.,  Superintendent-Director
Shannon Donnelly, MAT, Principal
Thomas O’Toole, Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
  • Joel Spruance, Assistant Principal
  • Jill Sawyer, Director of Career Technical Education
  • Jennifer Skane, Assistant Principal
  • Donald Ducharme, Director of Career Technical Education
  • Sean Emberley, Assistant Principal
  • Tony DiLuna, Supervisor of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
  • Sandra Goldstein, Director of School Counseling & Admissions
  • Susan Stevens, Director of Special Education
  • Lisa Berube, Director of Cooperative Education and Partnerships
  • Michael Murphy, Interim Coordinator of Athletics, Wellness & Health Services
  • Bonnie Carr, Director of Workforce Development & Adult Education
Enrollment: 1663 (eff. 9/2021)

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

  • English Language Arts   4 Years
  • Mathematics   4 Years
  • History & Social Sciences   3 Years
  • Science   3 Years
  • Career Technical Education Program   4 Years 
  • Career Technical Education Related/Theory*   3 Years

Career Technical Education Programs

Animal and Plant ScienceTechnology and ServicesLife and Natural ScienceConstruction Technology
Companion Animals*Advanced ManufacturingBiotechnologyArboriculture*
Equine Science*Automotive Collision RepairCosmetologyCarpentry
Environmental Sciences*Automotive TechnologyDental AssistingConstruction Craft Laborer
Sustainable Horticulture* Culinary Arts & Hospitality Health AssistingElectricity
Veterinary Science* Design & Media Communications HVAC-R
Engineering & Automation Technology Landscape/Turf Management*
Information Technology Services Masonry & Tile Setting

*Specialized animal science, agricultural, or natural resources programs.

Course Weighting for Grade Point Average (GPA)

Letter GradeNumerical GradeCollege Prep (CP) & Pathway CoursesCollege ACP CTE Courses & CTE TheoryHonors & Cooperative EducationAP Early College & Dual Enrollment
F59 or below0000
Additional Codes:P-PassingM- MedicalE- ExemptNC- No CreditW- Withdrawn

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School College Acceptance Highlights

  • Anna Maria College 
  • Assumption University 
  • Boston University 
  • Bridgewater State University 
  • Bryant University 
  • Colby College 
  • Colby-Sawyer College 
  • Columbia College 
  • Chicago Curry College 
  • Dean College 
  • Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics 
  • Emmanuel College 
  • Endicott College 
  • Fitchburg State 
  • University Florida
  • Atlantic University 
  • Framingham State 
  • University George 
  • Washington University 
  • Gordon College 
  • Iowa State University 
  • James Madison University 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Keene State College  
  • Lasell College
  • Lesley University 
  • Massachusetts College ofArt and Design 
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
  • Merrimack College 
  • Middlesex Community College 
  • Montserrat College of Art 
  • Mount Holyoke College 
  • National Aviation Academy 
  • Nichols College 
  • North Shore Community College 
  • Northeastern University 
  • Northern Essex Community College 
  • Ohio State University 
  • Plymouth State University Purdue University Regis College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Roger Williams University 
  • Salem State University 
  • Savannah School ofArt and Design 
  • Simmons University 
  • Southern New Hampshire University 
  • St.Anselm College 
  • St. Lawrence University 
  • Stonehill College 
  • Suffolk University SUNY(Cobleskill, Morrisville) 
  • University of Connecticut 
  • University of Maine (Orono, Machias) 
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • University of Massachusetts Boston 
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell 
  • University of New England 
  • University of New Hampshire 
  • University of New Haven 
  • University of Vermont 
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology 
  • Westfield State University 
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute  

Postsecondary Statistics | Class of 2021

4-year College, University: 61.4%

Career: 24.1%

2-year College, University or Postsecondary Education: 7.9 %

Military: 1.5%

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