Student with her Geology project

Learning Opportunities for Healey Students

Grades & Learning Opportunities

PK-8 Positive school climate with social-emotional learning and health instruction.

PK-8 Off-site learning opportunities such as apple-picking, trips to Biogen, Harvard Arts Museum, Mystic River, and Plymouth Plantation.

PK-8 Arts integration as an important curriculum practice.

PK-8 Monthly lunchtime concerts in the cafeteria with local professional musicians and bands.   

PK-8 Use of Responsive Classroom and Second Step to support development of a positive school.

PK-8 Numerous rich, afterschool programs that include academic support, technology and arts.

PK-8 Strong partnerships with Tufts University, Mystic Learning Center and SomerPromise.

PK-8 Emphasis on experiential learning opportunities.

PK-8 A partnership with Groundwork Somerville that supports an on-site school garden for science.

PK-8 Library/media center open extended morning and afternoon hours for independent reading.

PK-8 Building a culture of achievement as a Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.

Pre-K Pilot for innovative Head Start / Somerville Public Schools Classroom as part of city-wide Universal Kindergarten Readiness Initiative.

K-2 STELLAR: A partnership with Tufts University that includes full-time student teachers and tutoring in classrooms.

1-8 Students "loop," meaning they stay in the same classroom for two years and learn together with students who are in two grades.

Grades 1 & 2 are together, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8.

3-8 Overnight Trips: Grade 3 to Museum of Science; Grade 4 to Red Gate Farm; Grades 5 and 6 to Nature’s Classroom; Grades 7 and 8 to Washington DC and New York City (alternating years).

5-6 Nature's Classroom trip. Week long camping trip used for team-building and for deeper understanding of science concepts.

6-8 Middle grade students take on a range of important leadership roles within the school, including tutoring, student government, and representing the school to visitors.

7-8 Middle Grades program that emphasizes college preparation, including visits to local colleges.

In 2013-14, 5 Healey students represented the District at the White House Garden Planting and Garden harvest events, as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama.