Students work with clay in the classroom at Winter Hill


Remote Learning 2020-2021

Winter Hill Remote Learning Resources and Information

What makes WHCIS unique?

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.


Learn more about Middle Grades Intramural and Interscholastic Sports.

School Administration

Winter Hill Community Innovation School (PK-8)
Principal Courtney Gosselin
115 Sycamore Street
Somerville, MA 02145
To report that your student will be absent, call 617-629-5685
School Hours
8:10am - 2:35pm
Grades K-8 (BOKS Program - 7:00-7:55am T, W, TH)
8:45am - 1:45pm
SMILE Pre-School
Breakfast in the classroom served every day at the start of the school day.