Questions

Which Somerville schools are not fully handicapped accessible?

The Somerville Public Schools is committed to having all activities in all schools accessible to all students, parents/guardians, and community members. Most of our buildings are fully accessible, with the exception of one -- the Brown School. Due to its age, this building is not totally accessible to individuals with disabilities, although sections are accessible. If you have questions concerning the accessibility of a school site, please call the school principal. Accessible features will be discussed and reasonable accommodations will be made, including relocation of an activity or event to an accessible location, if appropriate.

Handicap Access to the Brown School.  Handicap access to the Brown School can be found at the school entrance located on Kidder Avenue. The ramp at this doorway provides access to the Brown School basement where the kindergarten classes and handicap restrooms are located.

For assistance, please contact Mr. Shawn Maguire, Principal of the Brown School, 617-625-6600 x6410.

Handicap Access to the Edgerly Building, Enrollment Office, and Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, Somerville Community Schools, Community Schools, Human Resources, Central Administrative Offices. A ramp located on the Bonair Street side of the Edgerly Education Building provides access to all schools/programs/offices in the Edgerly Building. This ramp directs visitors with mobility to the first floor elevator, which provides access to all floors of the building.

If the ramp door is locked, please call the office you are trying to reach for assistance:

  • Enrollment Office. For assistance, please contact Teresa Rodriguez, Director of the Enrollment Office, 617-625-6600 x6960. 
  • Human Resources. 617-625-6600 x6017
  • Central Administration. 617-625-6600 x6000
  • Somerville Family Learning Collaborative. 617-625-6600 x6966
  • Somerville Community Schools. 617-625-6600 x6975
  • Special Education Office. 617-625-6600 x6800

Accommodations will be made so that students with mobility challenges will have full access to a therapeutic middle and high school instructional program in a fully accessible site.

What do I need to do to ensure I can get into the Brown School with my mobility challenges?

To facilitate the provision of accommodations, please contact Principal Maguire at 617-625-6600 x6410 or by email, at least 48 hours prior to a scheduled event.

Who do I contact if I have more questions or concerns about handicapped accessibility within the Somerville Public Schools?

Contact Mrs. Mary Skipper, Superintendent of Schools at 617-625-6600 x6005, or Elizabeth Doncaster, Director of Student Services at 617-625-6600 x6028.