Mission Statement

  • Developed by a twenty-two member Strategic Planning Team in June 2016, our Mission​ ​Statement​ is as follows: 

    The mission of Norwell Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to provide excellence in education through a challenging and supportive environment, empowering students to be versatile, innovative, and responsible citizens who are prepared to navigate and contribute to a dynamic global society.

Our Schools

  • Grace Farrar Cole Elementary:
    Eliza Burns, Principal, eliza.burns@norwellschools.org, 781-659-8823
    Heather Benner, Assistant Principal, heather.benner@norwellshools.org, 781-659-8823

    William Gould Vinal Elementary: 
    Nathan Thorstein, Principal, nathan.thorsteinson@norwellschools.org, 781-659-8820
    Catherine Egan, Assistant Principal, catherine.egan@norwellschools.org, 781-659-8820

    Serving students in pre-kindergarten through grade five, the Cole and Vinal schools have enrollments of 492 students at the Cole and 539 students at the Vinal. Students are taught in heterogeneously grouped classes, and an interdisciplinary approach to learning is encouraged and supported by a district curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts state frameworks. Utilizing a combination of whole group and small group instruction, our English Language Arts program serves as the foundation for reading and writing instruction. In mathematics, students work with a wide variety of models and procedures to successfully solve problems in multiple ways. In addition, with support of the Norwell Tiered System of Supports at the K-5 level, student progress is consistently monitored in both English Language Arts and mathematics as well as in social/emotional development. The skills and content taught through our science program incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, and the social studies program is supported by an extensive collection of reference materials and resources. There are also weekly classes in art, music, physical education, and library/media, as well as small group and ensemble instrumental music instruction available in grades four and five. Various services are available for students found eligible for special education and for English language learners. Both schools enjoy highly supportive parent groups, and all faculty and staff are committed to providing a challenging, safe, and supportive environment for each and every student.

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  • Norwell Middle School:
    James Dupille, Principal (781) 659-8814; Email: james.dupille@norwellschools.org
    Ellen Murray, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8815;
    Email: ellen.murray@norwellschools.org


    Norwell Middle School services 516 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 program, all middle school students receive an iPad to support their academic learning and development as digital citizens.


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  • Norwell High School: 
    Marc Bender,  Principal (781) 659-8810; Email: marc.bender@norwellschools.org
    Jennifer Greenberg, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8808; Email: jennifer.greenberg@norwellschools.org
    Matthew Marani, Assistant Principal (781) 659-8808; Email: matthew.marani@norwellschools.org


    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 673 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 science, 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, Spanish and French. 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 96.8% of the Class of 2017 are pursuing post secondary education, with 95.2% 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.

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