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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.

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.
Theophany School
754 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Theophany School first opened its doors to students in 1997. Since that time, the school has taught an inter-OrthodoxMore Christian curriculum to children in preschool and kindergarten. There are four full-time teachers on staff and the school is overseen by a board of trustees.
Mitchell School
187 Brookline St, Needham, MA 02492
Mitchell is an elementary school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Mike Schwinden is the principal. TheMore school is named for William Mitchell, who donated land to Needham in the first half of the 20th century. The school opened in 1951 and now includes 22 classrooms, with art, technology, music and physical education departments.
Hillside Elementary School
28 Glen Gary Rd, Needham, MA 02494
Hillside School refers to itself as "an inclusive neighborhood school" that enrolls students in grades kindergartenMore through five. Michael Kascak is the principal. There are roughly 400 students at Hillside. The school has incorporated programs such as METCO, the Collaborative Internship Program and the Early Learning Center II program.
Tobin Afterschool
72 School St, Needham, MA 02492
Just outside Needham and Natick centers, the Tobin School has offered after-school care for children since 1997. TheMore school also offers a summer camp at the 1,100-acre Hale Reservation, where kids can explore the outdoors as well as do arts and crafts. At school, licensed and accredited bus drivers provide transportation to and from the building. Low teacher turnover and varied classes, including arts and music, also add to the children's learning environment.
Eliot School
135 Wellesley Ave, Needham, MA 02494
The John Eliot School is named after the man who first translated the Old and New Testaments of the Bible into theMore Algonquin language. The school is home to students in grades kindergarten through five. Suzanne Wilcox is the principal. The school has grown to include 14 classroom teachers, as well as specialists in art, music, speech and language, wellness, reading, media, school adjustment, physical education, world languages, special education, English as a second language and METCO.
Mitchell School Park
187 Brookline St, Needham, MA 02492
The park at Mitchell School features a basketball court, two youth diamonds and a playground. Visitors can find parkingMore off of Brookline Ave. and Lindbergh Ave.
Needham High School
609 Webster St, Needham Heights, MA 02494
Needham High School houses students in grades nine through 12, with Dr. Jonathan Pizzi serving as principal. NeedhamMore High School stands as a pillar of educational excellence and state-of-the-art facilities in Needham. The school operates under the core values of "To Think; To Respect; To Communicate." Classes are offered in English, fine and performing arts, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, media, science, social studies, wellness and world languages. A community classroom learning program and a personalized learning center are also available.
St Joseph Elementary School
90 Pickering St, Needham, MA 02492
Henry T. Lane Rink
1191 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02492
The Henry T. Lane hockey rink is part of the St. Sebastian's School athletic complex. The small Catholic school competesMore in the Independent School League and its hockey team uses this rink for home games.
Walker School
1968 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Walker is a network of facilities and professionals that offers multidisciplinary programs for students aged three toMore 22.  The school provides mental health services, special education, professional training and consultation, and child welfare advocacy. The school prides itself as a "national resource committed to helping practitioners find better ways of caring for, treating, and educating high-risk children and their families."
Broadmeadow School Park
120 Broad Meadow Rd, Needham, MA 02492
The Needham Park and Recreational Department-maintained fields behind Broadmeadow School feature two youth-sizedMore baseball diamonds and playground facilities. One facility is for little children, ages 3-5, and another area is set-up for the bigger kids, ages 5-12. Visitors are asked to park in the lower lot off of Broadmeadow Road, just to the right of the school.
Needham Police Department
99 School St, Needham, MA 02492
Needham Extended Day Program
1155 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02492
This care facility offers after-school care and learning for children of elementary school age. The program also offersMore before-school care for kids after 7:30 in the morning. Children of any disability, race, sexual orientation, parental marriage status, religion, cultural heritage are always welcome.
St. Sebastian's School
1191 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02492

Situated on 26 acres, St. Sebastian's School is home to over 350 students in seventh through 12th grade.More William L. Burke III is the headmaster.

Established in 1941, the school focuses academically on the liberal arts and the classics. St. Sebastian's believes that "all young persons are fundamentally good, uniquely created and eager to be fully engaged in the learning process."

The school has a very competitive athletics program and produces two school newspapers, The Walrus and The Dart, as well as literary magazine The Quiver.