Students work with clay in the classroom at Winter Hill

Academics

The Winter Hill Community Innovation School is the Somerville Public School district's only Innovation School, which includes limited self-governance and a deliberate and innovative approach to the student needs. We are home to the K-8 mainstream classes, Grades 6-8 English Language Learners, and Somerville students with special education needs in grades K-8. We are also the only school in the district with a dress code developed by students.

Opportunities and Special Features offered at WHCIS

Grade & Learning Opportunities 

6-8  Annual Leadership Day run by the Student Aspirations Teams. Community Leaders present to small groups of students and students reflect on paths to their own success. 

6-8  College preparedness through site visits to colleges and visits from colleges to the school. 

PK-8  Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program. Support learning by ensuring students start the day with a healthy first meal. 

K-8  Use of Responsive Classroom to promote a common language school-wide and to support development of a positive school climate 

PK-8  Extensive outdoor space includes 2 full basketball courts, 2 tot lots and an On-site School Garden for science & health instruction 

School report card

The Winter Hill Community Innovation School regularly reports demographic and student progress data to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This data is used to develop the annual No Child Left Behind progress report card for the WHCIS School.  The most current Report Card for WHCIS can be found at the MassDESE site.

 

School Administration

Winter Hill Community Innovation School (PK-8)
Principal Chad Mazza
115 Sycamore Street
Somerville, MA 02145
To report that your student will be absent, call 617-629-5685
Phone:
617-629-5680
Fax:
617-623-8492
School Hours
8:10am - 2:35pm
Grades K-8 (BOKS Program - 7:00-7:55am T, W, TH)
8:45am - 1:45pm
SMILE Pre-School
Breakfast in the classroom served every day at the start of the school day.