Next Wave Junior High
617-625-6600 ext. 6870
This alternative junior high school's stated mission is "to meet the special academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of adolescents who, for many reasons, have experienced failure in the traditional mainstream educational system in Somerville."
Individual educational plans as well as integrated learning are used to create an academic environment that can meet each student's needs at his or her own pace. Strong emphasis is also placed on counseling and participation in student government.
Founded in 1972, Next Wave is located at the Edgerly Education Center on Bonair St. The building has no outdoor recreational space, so activities are held at nearby Foss Park. Outreach to parents is considered essential and frequent phone contact, conferences, a quarterly parents' night and a monthly Parent Group and Dinner aid this goal. Principal David Willey leads the school.
Of note: A 2009 evaluation of the school funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, found that, "The interventions and services at the School constitute a powerful set of approaches to drop-out prevention and credit recovery" and "should be considered as a model for other schools"
School stats and test scores can be found here and on the school web page.
- Founding Date: 1972
- Number of students: 102
- Male-to-female ratio: Approximately 2 to 1
- Public/Private: Public
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1
- Parking: On-street: free
- Grade levels: 6-8
- Special education: Yes
- Features: Computer lab