Overview of our House System
SHS students are divided into four Houses designed to meet students’ academic and social needs through a comprehensive, collaborative team approach. In September we meet with small groups of freshmen, then all students by grade. Our guidance staff is dedicated to practicing preventative, proactive counseling which includes discussing academic and adolescent issues, pre-college planning, career exploration, and post high school planning. Communication is key; we encourage family members to call their student's house team with questions.
Beacon House (Students A-Doq)
Call Beacon House at 617-629-5260.
Elm House (Students Dor-Le)
Contact Elm House by phone at 617-629-5270.
Highland House (Students Li-Pi)
Contact Highland House by phone at 617-629-5280.
Broadway House (Students Pj-Z)
Contact Broadway House by phone at 617-629-5290.
The Ninth Grade Experience (NGE) and NEST Program
We provide extra support for students as they settle into their first year at Somerville High School. The ninth grade teachers function as a team and meet two times per week to determine strategies aimed at maximizing the potential of the students they teach. Ninth grade teachers strive to support and maintain parental and support service contact. To facilitate communication, ninth grade teachers meet regularly with housemasters, guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, and special education liaisons. The biweekly meeting times are also used to discuss student progress, to develop curriculum materials, and to meet with or phone parents and guardians. The NEST Program functions similarly to the NGE program, but with a focus on English learners who are in grades 9-12. Contact Emily Blitz for more information.