Join the Summer Success Program!
Summer Success is a fun, totally FREE, 2-week orientation to Somerville High School open to ALL rising 9th graders.
Session B: July 12- July 23
8:30am - 10:30pm or 10:40am - 12:40pm
Session C: July 26 - August 6
10:40am - 12:40pm or 1:00pm-2:45pm.
- Meet future classmates from across the city.
- Learn about the new building and get a sneak peak at the new Career and Technical studios, the amazing lecture hall with a view, the band room, and eat free breakfast and lunch in the university-style cafe.
- Learn guitar or drums! Try your hand at electrical work! Take Digital Photography!
- Take an enrichment class in Music, Theatre, Career and Technical Ed.
- Possibility to earn 2.5 SHS Credit Hours!
- Learn strategies for success at Somerville High School.
- Register for the program.
- Check out the Course List and Schedule
Students who do not enroll in the Summer Success Program can still enroll in any of the enrichment courses.
Transition to High School Timeline for incoming 9th Graders
Summer before High School for Class of 2025
- Read the Letter or watch the slideshow from Mr. Morgan about transition to high school events. (Math Teacher Mr. Michael Morgan and Math Department Head Ms. Patricia Murphy organize the annual Transition to 9th Grade programming.)
- Join the Google Classroom for rising 9th Graders. The Google Classroom is a place to learn about orientation events, learn about school life, and ask questions.
- Summer Succss 9th Grade Orientation. Take a 2-week introduction to succeeding at Somerville High School, with the potential to earn SHS credit! 4 courses are available, and include Music, Theatre, and Career and Technical Education programming. Be sure to join the Google Classroom to find out how to register. Sessions run July 12 - July 23 or July 26 - August 6 and you can choose the 8:30 - 10:30 am, 10:40 - 12:40 am, or the 1-2:45 pm session. View the Course Selection and Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eM_67QKJQHXMGzDz-oEoarGXZt1vmtumv6ffx24XSAM/edit Register for the Summer Success Program: https://www.familyid.com/programs/somerville-high-school-summer-program-2021
- Self-Paced Virtual Orientation. Starting in the summer, Mr. Morgan and Ms. Murphy will post orientation modules regularly on the Google Classroom. Watch the orientations, then feel free to post questions.
- Welcome Week. Once schedules are published in August, students will have the opportunity to spend a day visiting the school building and finding important locations, like classrooms.
- 9th Grade BBQ. Meet staff and other students and eat some BBQ or pizza. This will happen in late August - check the Google Classroom for details.
- August: Fall Sports team tryouts for Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cheerleading, and Medical screenings. Some sports begin practice in August and the registration process is sooner.
Fall of 9th Grade
- September 21, 2021: Back to School Night. Parents and guardians follow their students' schedule, meet teachers, and experience a day in the life of their student. Structure for this event will depend on safety protocols.
- November: First quarterly report card issued.
Learn about Somerville High School
Find answers to your questions
- Visit the SHS website! www.somerville.k12.ma.us/shs.
- Read through the Student Handbook, Parent / Guardian Guide or Program of Studies for information about expectations, policies, and academics on the Guides & Handbooks page.
- Find an event on the district Calendar.
- Email your teachers by visiting the Staff Directory or the Academics Pages to find department staff.
- Talk to a school counselor.
- Not sure who to ask? ¿No estás seguro a quién preguntarle? Contact your SFLC Family and Community Liaison, Vanety Cruz, x6265.
- All students are put in one of four SHS Communities. Email, call, or stop by your to talk to your School Counselor or Community Assistant Principal.
- Call the SHS front office (617) 625-6600, ext. 6100. Email Principal Buchanan.
Daily Life at SHS
- Find free meals on the Food Resources page.
- Career and Technical Programs Education Department.
- Students' classes and lunch shifts are scheduled based on the Daily Schedule.
- Lunch from the cafeteria is free for ALL students. Students use their ID to get their lunches. The Food and Nutrition Services Department provides a monthly menu.
- Phones are not allowed to be used in classrooms and at other school events during the day.
For Students who identify as LGBTQ+
- Want to learn more about the student experience at SHS for LGBTQ+ students and their allies? Email English Teacher and student group leader for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Julia Post. Ms. Post will invite you to join the GSA Google Classroom.
- Follow GSA on instagram.
- If you're looking for a gender-neutral bathroom, feel free to ask any adult in the building. You can also email Ms. Post.
- If you want to meet other students who identify as LGBTQ+, be sure to check out the GSA events in the fall (there will be lots of them) and join the Google Classroom (Email Ms. Post.)
Bus lines frequently used by SHS students
- 80 Arlington Center - Lechmere Map and Schedule
- 87 Clarendon Hill or Arlington Center - Lechmere via Somerville Avenue Map and Schedule
- 88 Clarendon Hill - Lechmere via Highland Avenue Map and Schedule
- 89 Clarendon Hill or Davis - Sullivan Map and Schedule
- 90 Davis - Wellington Map and Schedule
- Get a discount student bus pass from Ms. Allen in room 235
- Read course descriptions, graduation, and diploma requirements in the Program of Studies.
- Find out about extra academic help, tutoring, grading, and attendance policies and other student expectations in the Student Handbook .
- Log on to ASPEN X2 to track student progress.
- Log on to Google Applications with your Student ID number and password.
- Find out the MCAS and State Testing Schedule.
Health and Wellness
- Join an Athletic team.
- Make new friends and learn a new skill by joining a club. Find a complete list of clubs by logging onto ASPEN once you start in the Fall.
Mental Health Supports
- I'm having a bad day. Talk to your counselor.
- I'm having more than a bad day either physically or emotionally. The Teen Connection Center, administered by the Cambridge Health Alliance offers health services for teens. Call them at 617-575-5690.
- I saw someone get bullied. Report it anonymously online.
- I'm having problems keeping up with the work. Start by talking to or emailing your teacher, but know that there are a lot of tutors and resources available to keep you on track.
- There are many programs in place at Somerville High School to support any student mental health needs. Talk to your Counselor about programs available for your needs.
Dental and Medical Health
- The Teen Connection Center, administered by the Cambridge Health Alliance offers health services for teens. Call them at 617-575-5690.
- Dental Care is available to students who need it. Please talk to your House counselor or assistant principal to learn more.
- For information about e-cigarette use among teens and supports for students interested in learning more or quitting, please visit the Vaping Awareness page.
- Find more information at the School Nursing page.