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Pollard Middle School
200 Harris Ave, Needham, MA 02492
According to its mission statement, the Pollard Middle School dedicates itself "to cultivating academic excellence,More civic responsibility and the personal growth of each member of our community." Pollard currently serves 761 students in grades seven and eight. The curriculum features core classes in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Electives offered include foreign language, fine and performing arts, wellness and technology. Glenn A. Brand is the principal.
High Rock School
77 Ferndale Rd, Needham, MA 02492
A branch of the Pollard Middle School, High Rock School houses Needham's sixth grade population. Jessica Downey is theMore principal. The school offers a collection of courses, including English, fine and performing arts, foreign languages, mathematics, media and technology, science, social sciences and wellness.
Town of Needham: Public Schools
1330 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492

Needham Public Schools encompass eight separate facilities ranging from pre-Kindergarten to high school. Broadmeadow,More Eliot, Hillside, Mitchell and Newman comprise the five elementary schools (K-5, with an integrated preschool program at Newman), High Rock School houses the community's sixth graders, and the Pollard Middle School (7 & 8) and Needham High School round out the remaining institutions.

The FY10 School Department Operating Budget is $45,382,885, with 88% devoted to salaries, 10% for purchase of service and 2% going to expenses. Enrollment in 2008-2009 was 2,621 in Pre K-5, 1,104 at the middle school level and 1,404 in high school. The average class size is between 20 and 22.

The Superintendent's Office is located in the Emery Grover Administration Building, located at 1330 Highland Avenue. Daniel E. Gutekanst is the Superintendent of Schools and Joyce Wiggin is the Administrative Assistant. Members of the community are urged to contact the office with questions, ideas and concerns at dan_gutekanst@needham.k12.ma.us.

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