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Winter Hill Community School
115 Sycamore St, Somerville, MA 02145

Located in Winter Hill, this K-8 school's stated vision is to "ensure that all students excel academically, and areMore promoted from the eighth grade with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful at the secondary level."

Several partnerships with Tufts University provide reading, math and science enrichment for students. A Sheltered English Immersion Program (SEIP) offers language development support to English learners. The Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program provides additional tutoring. But the academics and mind-building activities are not just limited to the school day. An extensive after-school program offers tutoring as well as arts, music and sports activities.

Plenty of outdoor space surrounds the school. Students can make use of the jungle gyms, several basketball courts, a school garden and a large black-top area. The school is a demonstration site for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, a nonprofit program that helps students set goals and achieve them. All students are also taught the social-emotional curriculum, Second Step.

The school is led by Principal Stephen M. Tuccelli. School stats and test scores may be found here and on the school web page.

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
15 Webster Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Founded in 1996, this charter school is located on four campuses in Somerville and Cambridge and serves over 1,100More students in grades K-12. Admission is by lottery, and though open to all Massachusetts residents, students from Somerville and Cambridge are given preference.

They state that at the school "the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested parents, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence."

The school takes pride in its very diverse student body. Through their PTA-like group Parent-Teacher Connect, parents are active and involved. Curricula are adapted to meet the needs of each student,  and they strive for "a balanced approach" that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge not just via testing but also through "projects, exhibitions, portfolios, presentations, debates, reports, and a range of writing assignments in all subjects."

The curriculum focuses on English, math, science, social studies, computer science and the arts. Students in every grade learn Spanish, with the goal of achieving fluency. Via the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization, students compete in league and tournament sports including soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. Upper school students may also pursue cross-country, volleyball, cheerleading and track.

Their K-3 campus is located on Webster St. just outside Union Square. Their grade 4-6 campus is on Franklin St. in East Somerville. The upper school, grades 7-12, is on two campuses in Cambridge.

Arthur D. Healey School
5 Meacham St, Somerville, MA 02145

Perched high atop Winter Hill, this state-of-the-art K-8 school's stated mission includes both a commitment "toMore academic excellence in the core subject areas and to broad enrichment opportunities in the arts, technology, and foreign language" and to ensuring that "all students are prepared to succeed in a rigorous college preparatory program in high school."

The school is home to over 550 students. Roughly two-thirds are enrolled in the City's alternative Choice program and one-third in the traditional Neighborhood program. The two programs will be unified into one school-wide approach in September 2011.

An extensive program of afterschool activities is offered, and the expansive outdoor facilities include basketball, tennis, and dodge ball courts, as well as playground equipment, plenty of blacktop space and a school garden.

The PTA is active and involved. Healey is also an international demonstration site for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, a nonprofit program that aims to help students set goals and achieve them. The social-emotional curricula, Open Circle (K-4) and Second Step (5-8), are taught to all students.

Principal Jason DeFalco leads the school. Test scores are available here and on the school website.