Healey School Community Playground Meacham St & Edgar Ave, Somerville, MA02145 Positioned on a cozy dead end street, the Healy School Community Playground is a multicolored collection of slides,…More swings and a myriad of bars and ladders. Surrounded by trees, the shady grounds are covered in a soft mulch to protect the little ones knees and elbows. Located directly outside the classrooms of the Arthur D. Healy Elementary School, the sturdy, shiny playground features a matching game and two towers connected by a bridge.
Perched high atop Winter Hill, this state-of-the-art K-8 school's stated mission includes both a commitment "to…More 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.