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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.

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.
St Joseph Elementary School
90 Pickering 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.

Needham Heights KinderCare
1000 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494
Directed by Alyssa Robinson, the Needham branch of KinderCare is a private provider of childcare, and part of a networkMore 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.
Sew Easy for Kids
908 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Sew Easy for Kids, located on Great Plain Avenue in Needham Center, has been in business since 1997. In that time, theMore school has taught more than 8,000 kids and teens how to sew. The instructors teach the essentials of machine sewing, including sewing machine operation, fabric and pattern selection, layout, marking, construction and completing projects. The school's fun and exciting classes enhance self esteem and confidence, instilling endless possibilities within the hearts of those who attend. The school also offers special sewing camps scheduled during school vacations. For more information about the available programs, visit the Web site.
Greendale Avenue Worship Center
754 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02492
The Greendale Avenue Worship Center is a shared facility that houses the headquarters of five separate religious groups.More Contained within this one building are Ruach Israel, Good Shepherd, Cornerstone Assembly of God and the offices of the Greater Boston Baptist Association. The center also is  home to the Theophany School, an inter-Orthodox Christian school.
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