We appreciate your interest in Norwell Public Schools! The information below has been prepared to give you an overview of Norwell and its schools. To learn more, we welcome you to visit our schools, meet with our talented faculty and staff, and observe our outstanding students in action. See for yourself how Norwell Public Schools’ core values of Children First, Centrality of the Classroom, Customer Focus, and Continuous Improvement are guiding us in the creation of 21st Century Schools for Our 21st Century Students.
Ideally situated 25 miles southeast of downtown Boston, Norwell is a semi-rural, suburban community of approximately 10,000 residents. The farms and factories of a century ago have given way to private country homes, modern schools, shopping centers, health, recreation and cultural facilities, a wildlife reservation, a natural science center, and a thriving industrial zone. With the scenic North River forming the town's southern boundary, Norwell is an ideal recreational site for boating, fishing, and swimming. Ocean beaches and picturesque New England harbors are only a few miles away.
Norwell is proud and supportive of its school system, which reflects the intellectual strength and character of the community. The two pre-K-5 elementary schools, the grade 6-8 middle school, and high school are all committed to academic excellence in a caring environment for Norwell's 2,199 students. In May of 2012, a $2.3 million operational override allowed the Norwell Public Schools to improve student to teacher ratios, begin a comprehensive curriculum adoption cycle and a technology cycle for overall infrastructure needs and a 1:1 iPad initiative for students in grades 6-12. The Clipper Community Complex, featuring a stadium turf field and all purpose athletic turf field, was completed in the summer of 2014 thanks to the support of many Norwell committees, community members, and donors. Each school has an active school council and parents are very involved with the education of their children. Over 90% of Norwell High School graduates continue their education at two and four year colleges.
Developed by a twenty-five member Strategic Planning Team in June 2007, our Mission Statement is as follows:
The mission of Norwell Public Schools, in partnership with the entire community, is to provide excellence in education in a challenging and supportive environment resulting in well-rounded, self-reliant, responsible citizens who are prepared to engage in a global society.
Grace Farrar Cole School
Norwell Middle School
Janice Mazzola, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8815; email@example.com
Norwell Middle School services approximately 540 students in grades six, seven, and eight. In sixth grade, students are assigned to teams of two teachers. In seventh and eighth grade, students are assigned to teams of four teachers. English, mathematics, science, and social studies are the core subjects offered on each team. In all classes, critical thinking, cooperative learning, and individual responsibility are emphasized. French, Latin, and Spanish make up our foreign language offerings. Sixth grade students are offered introductory Foreign Language courses that expose them to all three languages. Seventh and eighth grade students are assigned to a two-year formal program in one of the languages. During students’ three years at the middle school, the following exploratory courses are offered: art, band, chorus, coding / computer programming, foods and nutrition, guidance, health education, Introduction to iPad, library, music, physical education, STEM concepts, technology/engineering education, and video production. By utilizing a wide variety of middle school practices, our educational community makes a concerted effort to maintain a delivery system that is student-centered and focused on the unique needs of young adolescents. The Norwell Tiered System of Supports at the middle school level continues to monitor student progress in both English Language Arts and mathematics as well as in social/emotional development. In addition, as a part of a district 1:1 technology initiative, all middle school students receive an iPad to support their academic learning and development as digital citizens.
Norwell High School
Diane Provenzano, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8808; firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Marani, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8808; email@example.com
Providing a college preparatory curriculum for all students, Norwell High School is an academically rigorous secondary school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The high school’s 685 students take at least five major subjects and are required to carry a minimum of six courses per semester. Graduation requirements include the successful completion of four years of English, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as courses in the unified arts and computer technology, and a minimum of three years of foreign language. Eighteen Advanced Placement courses are offered in art, biology, calculus, chemistry, English composition, English literature, European history, French, Latin, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, U.S. government, and. U.S. history. In addition to the Advanced Placement program, Norwell High School partners with Syracuse University’s Project Advance to offer college-level coursework in Latin and Spanish. As a part of a district 1:1 technology initiative, all students are issued an iPad to support their academic learning and development as digital citizens. Over 90% of Norwell High School students participate in co-curricular programs (athletics, drama, music, publications and clubs). Norwell High School students consistently score above the state and national averages on the SAT and other standardized tests, and 91.7% of the Class of 2015 are pursuing post secondary education, with 87% of the class going on to four year colleges. Norwell students are also eligible to attend South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover, which offers a wide variety of career-oriented programs.
For a personalized tour of any one of our schools, please call the above principals. For information on special education, please call Director of Special Education Suzan Theodorou at (781) 659-8800; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on our facilities, finances, transportation, and general operations may be obtained from the Director of Finance, Operations & Technology Warren MacCallum at (781) 659-8800; e-mail: email@example.com. For information on curriculum, instruction, instructional technology or support programs, please call Executive Director for Instruction Dr. James M. LaBillois at (781) 659-8800; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please feel free to contact me directly at the address below if I can be of any assistance. Thank you for your interest in Norwell Public Schools.
Norwell Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, ancestry, or disability in its admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.