Student with her Geology project

Learning Opportunities for Healey Students

The Healey School is an innovative participatory learning community. Academic competence is highly valued, and we believe that children learn best in a joyful, creative environment, one in which their natural curiosity, imagination and thinking are encouraged. Our curriculum is based on thematic, project based learning, designed to engage children's interest and best efforts. We are committed to an educational program that recognizes the importance of community in the lives of children. Three aspects of our program are evidence of this commitment:

Creative Arts: Participating in writing, dance, music, theater, film/video and visual art are vital and integral parts of our curriculum. The arts are essential to learning, a way for children to "represent" the world around them and celebrate who they are as individuals and as a community.

Effective Community Service: Inspiring a lifelong sense of civic participation, openness, caring and responsibility is an integral part of our school culture. Students apply academic skills and critical thinking as they develop, implement, and evaluate service learning projects at all grade levels.

Family Involvement: Families who join our school community become committed partners in their children's education, both supportive of and supported by our dedicated staff. Parents and students are encouraged to be active participants in the governance of our school.

HEALEY CORE VALUES

Excellence “I want to be challenged and helped when I need it, so I can learn and know as much as I can. I want to learn a lot of ways.”

Joy “I want to be able to come in school in the morning looking forward to it and feeling happy. I would like to see myself grow by having fun and learn at the same time.”

Openness “I want to be who I am at school and not be laughed at. I want to feel like I count.”

Creativity “I want my work to show who I am as a unique individual.”

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.

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

1-8 Looping classrooms. Students stay with the same teacher for two years in a classroom with two grades, encouraging collaboration between younger and older students and a strong relationship between teacher and student.

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.