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.
WHCIS was the 2017 winner of The Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools at The Boston Foundation. Read how we support our students in the case study about our innovative practices.
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 2018 school report card for WHCIS is available on the DESE website.
MIDDLE GRADES ATHLETICS
Learn more about Middle Grades Intramural and Interscholastic Sports.