Welcome to the Marshwood District Website!
The Marshwood School District is composed of the two towns of Eliot and South Berwick in southern Maine. Both towns are small and picturesque and border the Piscataqua River. Both towns share long histories in ship building, brick making, farming and actively used the Piscataqua River to move their commodities via gundalows to market.
Well before school district consolidation efforts were initiated in Maine in the early years of the 21st century, the citizens of Eliot and South Berwick petitioned the State Board of Education in 1964 to grant a certificate of organization to form what is now known as the Marshwood School District to operate schools for students in both towns. Thus, on April 16, 1964, the Maine State Board of Education issued the towns of Eliot and South Berwick a certificate of organization to form Maine School Administrative District 35 [MSAD 35] and the new district became operative on May 11, 1964!
Today the Marshwood School District enrolls over 2,300 students in five schools and continues to provide high quality public education in the most cost efficient way for its students! The district offers all of our students a rigorous academic program, a vibrant fine arts program and a robust physical education and wellness program from PreK through grade 12! Interestingly, Marshwood was the first public school district in the state to offer Pre-Kindergarten programming for its children in 1974! Academically, although the district does not subscribe to an exclusively narrow focus on standardized testing, Marshwood students consistently perform at high levels on comparative assessments such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT] and on Advanced Placement Tests [AP Tests].
In 2012, David Silvernail from the University of Southern Maine cited Marshwood High School as one of Maine’s top high performing and efficient schools in the report: More Efficient Public Schools in Maine: Learning Communities Building the Foundation of Intellectual Work.
On January 10, 2013, Seacoast Online reported that the town of South Berwick “topped Bloomberg’s Business Week’s annual ranking for Maine as one of the best family-friendly towns in the United States to live.” Bloomberg “evaluated statistics from more than 3,200 communities with household populations between 5,000 and 50,000 to determine the winners. [One] metric that helped South Berwick place so high on the national list was its overall score on the website Greatschools.org.” Today the Marshwood School District continues to be a deliberate choice for those families seeking the best in educational opportunities for their children!
On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of MSAD 35, welcome! Come and visit our schools to see if they are just the kind of school you wished you had attended as a child! Our facilities are well maintained. Our transportation department prides itself on its drivers who know each child by name! Our principals are instructional leaders and our teachers strive to present exquisite lessons for their students every day! Our community supports our educational programs and our parents are very engaged in all of our schools. We hope you enjoy our new website and we look forward to your comments and feedback on its new design! Please feel free to contact any of our schools or my office if you have questions, comments or would like to visit our schools or our district!
Mary Nash, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools