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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theophany School 754 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA02492 Theophany School first opened its doors to students in 1997. Since that time, the school has taught an inter-Orthodox…More 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, MA02492 Mitchell is an elementary school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Mike Schwinden is the principal. The…More 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.
High Rock School 77 Ferndale Rd, Needham, MA02492 A branch of the Pollard Middle School, High Rock School houses Needham's sixth grade population. Jessica Downey is the…More 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.
Hillside Elementary School 28 Glen Gary Rd, Needham, MA02494 Hillside School refers to itself as "an inclusive neighborhood school" that enrolls students in grades kindergarten…More 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, MA02492 Just outside Needham and Natick centers, the Tobin School has offered after-school care for children since 1997. The…More 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, MA02494 The John Eliot School is named after the man who first translated the Old and New Testaments of the Bible into the…More 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, MA02492 The park at Mitchell School features a basketball court, two youth diamonds and a playground. Visitors can find parking…More off of Brookline Ave. and Lindbergh Ave.
Needham High School 609 Webster St, Needham Heights, MA02494 Needham High School houses students in grades nine through 12, with Dr. Jonathan Pizzi serving as principal. Needham…More 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.
Henry T. Lane Rink 1191 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA02492 The Henry T. Lane hockey rink is part of the St. Sebastian's School athletic complex. The small Catholic school competes…More in the Independent School League and its hockey team uses this rink for home games.
Walker School 1968 Central Ave, Needham, MA02492 Walker is a network of facilities and professionals that offers multidisciplinary programs for students aged three to…More 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, MA02492 The Needham Park and Recreational Department-maintained fields behind Broadmeadow School feature two youth-sized…More 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 Extended Day Program 1155 Central Ave, Needham, MA02492 This care facility offers after-school care and learning for children of elementary school age. The program also offers…More 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.
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.
Needham Heights KinderCare 1000 Highland Ave, Needham, MA02494 Directed by Alyssa Robinson, the Needham branch of KinderCare is a private provider of childcare, and part of a network…More of some 1,700 centers throughout the country. It offers programs for kids from pre-school through after-school care for middle-school-aged kids. Other offerings include summer camp and enrichment programs. Enrichment provides kids with special programs ranging from math to Spanish to fitness.