Grace Farrar Cole Elementary & William Gould Vinal Elementary Schools

Grace Farrar Cole Elementary:
Eliza Burns, Principal,, 781-659-8823
Heather Benner, Assistant Principal,, 781-659-8823

William Gould Vinal Elementary: 
Nathan Thorstein, Principal,, 781-659-8820
Catherine Egan, Assistant Principal,, 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.