School Information

Public Schools: 
Newman Elementary School (K - 5th Grade)
The Newman School experience will be filled with a variety of opportunities for you and your child to meet new people, learn new things, and be of service to our school and greater community.

At Newman School we believe that elementary school is a time for students to play, explore, and connect with one another. Through learning experiences during the school day, students will practice their social and emotional skills, learn literacy and math concepts, investigate and inquire through science, and learn how to be of service to the community. Most importantly, we hope they learn to LOVE learning!

Through play, exploration, and social times, students will practice their academic skills while also learning how they contribute to a greater classroom and school community. While academics are certainly important, we believe that developing students' ability to cooperate, identify their feelings and the feelings of others, practice strategies for managing their emotions, and learning how to play and problem solve are fundamental to future school success.

Finally, we want to welcome you as a member of the Newman community. Whether this is your first child or your last, we hope you will engage with us in supporting your child's time while at Newman. It is only through strong family partnerships that we are truly able to support all students!

High Rock School (6th Grade Only)
Everyone at High Rock is excited about working with the students and families as they begin their journey through the middle school experience in Needham. At High Rock our work focuses on three key school values: learning, self-discovery and caring for others. Throughout the year teachers, coursework, activities and experiences will provide moments when students will examine, challenge and develop in these three realms.

Pollard Middle School (7th-8th Grade)
At Pollard, we believe that all members of the Pollard community will: be curious, confident and independent learners; act with compassion, integrity and inclusivity; strive for personal growth.

Needham High School (9th-12th Grade)
Needham High School is truly a caring community collectively working toward the personal and academic growth of each of our students. We are focused on ensuring our students are well-rounded, healthy individuals who are comfortable working collaboratively in diverse environments and valuing the backgrounds and beliefs of all people. Our classrooms are rich with challenging learning opportunities and high expectations for our students and a wide range of supports for those who may need additional help. In short, Needham High School is a great place to learn and grow.

Private School Experience:

Saint Joseph Elementary School
Saint Joseph Elementary School numbers approximately 395 students in 21 classes. The class size in Kindergarten and first grade averages 18-20 students and 22 in grades 2-5. Over forty qualified and certified teachers instruct the students in the basic curriculum subjects as well as Computer, Art, Music, Spanish, Gym, Library, and Latin and Greek.

Quick facts about Saint Joseph Elementary School...

  • Serving over 395 students from over 25 surrounding towns and cities
  • Superb staff of 47 Massachusetts certified teachers and specialists
  • Offering full day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
  • Before-school and After-school programs available
  • Wilson Fundations Phonics Program taught in primary grades
  • Special Education Resource Room for students withmoderate special needs
  • Specialty Classes in Music, Art, Computer, Library, Physical Education, and Spanish
  • Fine Arts integration and Creative Arts Enrichment Programs
  • Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System
  • State-of-the-art Library and Media Center
  • New STREAM-Works Lab
  • Computers in every classroom
  • iPad for each teacher
  • iPad cart with 25 iPad minis on each floor for student use
  • Classroom projection—Smartboards or LED TVs with Apple TV
  • Extensive focus on charity giving, outreach programs, social justice, and community service activities
  • Extensive After-School Extra-Curricular Activities including Choir, Band, Instrument Lessons, Drama, Writing Club, Art Club, Building Challenge Club, Lunch Bunch Reading Group, Flag Football Club, and more
  • Affiliated with Milton Academy—The Saturday Course
  • The Rooted Mind—Latin/Greek program pre k through fifth grade

Monsignor Haddad Middle School
Monsignor Haddad Middle School is a Catholic school educating boys and girls in grades 6, 7 and 8.

  • Co-ed enrollment of 185 students from 17 surrounding communities
  • Talented staff of 20 Massachusetts State Certified educators, 80% with advanced degrees
  • Student—Teacher ratio of 13:1
  • Offering a student advisement program and full-time guidance department
  • Special education resources teacher for students with moderate special needs
  • Physical and Biological Science laboratories, equipped with the finest scientific resources and projection systems
  • A State-of-the-art technology lab equipped with a SmartBoard and ceiling mounted In-Focus staffed by a technology integration specialist
  • Specialty classes in music, art, computer, library research, physical education, study skills and Spanish
  • State-of-the-art library & media center
  • Strong focus on Christian service
  • Extensive co-curricula program including Art Club, Choir, Band, Drama Club, Instrumental Music, Yearbook, Snowboard/Ski Club, Field Hockey Team, Cross Country Running Club, Basketball League, Science Fiction Club, Fall and Spring Intramural Sports, Golf Club, Spanish Club, Debate Club, Social Club and Fall and Spring Intramural Sports
  • Advisory program
  • Homework Strategy Program (HSP)
  • Sanford 10 standardized testing scores average in the 80th to 90th percentile in all major subject areas
  • Graduates accepted into elite secondary schools including Saint Sebastian, Ursuline Academy, Catholic Memorial, Xaverian Brothers High School, BC High, Mount Alvernia High School, Notre Dame Academy, Fontbonne Academy, Newton Country Day, Roxbury Latin, Belmont Hill, Milton Academy, Portsmouth Abbey, Thayer Academy, Dexter Academy, Nobles & Greenough, and Rivers
  • Exploratory weeks to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington

St. Sebastian's School (All Boys School)
Committed to the pursuit of truth through faith and reason, St. Sebastian's is a Catholic independent day school for 375 young men in grades seven through twelve. With an average class size of 11 and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, St. Sebastian's offers a program of academic rigor and spiritual depth with excellence in the arts and athletics.

The Noble and Greenough School
The Noble and Greenough School, commonly known as Nobles, is a coeducational, nonsectarian day and five-day boarding school for students in grades seven through twelve.

A school is the sum of many parts—its classroom buildings, its playing fields, its library and lunchroom. It is the sum of its curriculum, its college counseling, its visual arts and music and theatre, its sports contests, its community service and its annual traditions—from orientation to graduation. But most of all a school reflects the people who live its mission day in and day out—its students, its administrators and teachers, its coaches and staff members, its families, its trustees and its graduates. At Noble and Greenough School, we endeavor to weave all the parts of our community into a vibrant whole. We've been doing it since 1866, and as our 150th birthday gets closer we think we continue to reflect the intellectual ideals of our founders as well as the latest approaches to learning and living in the community we call Nobles.

The Rashi School
The Rashi School is a K-8 Reform Jewish Independent School in Dedham, Massachusetts, offering a Jewish and secular education. Rashi was founded in 1986 and currently enrolls more than 300 students in grades K-8.

Our educational philosophy is an outgrowth of our tradition as a Reform Jewish day school, with an emphasis on rigorous learning through deep study, active questioning, and engaged dialogue. Whether our students are grappling with ancient texts or building robots, writing essays or creating films, performing Shakespeare or a Hebrew play, the pairing of our intellectual and spiritual traditions and the innovation and curiosity that fill our classrooms makes for a powerful learning environment, one that nurtures our students to know that how they act matters as much as how they think.

Indeed, student leadership lies at the heart of our program. We seek to graduate the next generations of leaders, grounded in their heritage, supported by their community, and passionate about making a difference. The close relationships between students and teachers play an essential role in developing each student's voice.