Newton Public Schools

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Newton Public Schools is a school district in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.. The district features 4 middle schools leading into 2 high schools.


The Newton Public Schools are organized in an Elementary School K-5, Middle School 6-8, and High School 9-12 arrangement with a projected enrollment of 11,237 students for FY06.

Level Number of Schools Student Avg. Student:Teacher Goal[1]
Elementary 15 333 27:1
Middle 4 633 17:1
High 2 1,858 16.1:1

Primary schools[edit]

  • Angier Elementary School
  • Bowen Elementary School
  • Burr Elementary School
  • Cabot Elementary School
  • Countryside Elementary School
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School
  • Mason-Rice Elementary School
  • Memorial Spaulding Elementary School
  • Peirce Elementary School
  • Underwood Elementary School
  • Ward Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Zervas Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Bigelow Middle School
  • Charles E. Brown Middle School
  • Frank A. Day Middle School
  • Oak Hill Middle School

High schools[edit]

Accusations of bias[edit]

In 2013 some Newton residents claimed the presence of biased and factually inaccurate anti-Israeli materials being incorporated into the Newton Public Schools curriculum. Claims of regulatory noncompliance were investigated and dismissed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in September.[2] One month later, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) took out newspaper ads in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Newton TAB, Boston Metro, and Jewish Advocate making similar claims and alleging misconduct by school superintendent David Fleischman and school committee chair Matt Hills.[3] The ads called on the city to remove "hateful education materials from their curricula," which APT alleged "demonize Israel and America while glorifying Islam."[4] Hills responded to the accusations in November 2013, calling them a "pure distortion of the facts."[5] Fleischman responded, "Parents have access to their kids’ curriculum materials, and they trust our teachers. Our work speaks for itself."[5] The Anti-Defamation League and clergy at Newton temples Emanuel and Shalom also denounced the ads.

Superintendent plagiarism controversy[edit]

In July, 2014, The Lion's Roar, the student newspaper of Newton South High School, accused Superintendent David Fleishman of using parts of a speech by Governor Deval Patrick without credit. The accusations were levied by two members of the class of 2014. After admitting that he failed to cite the governor, the Newton School Committee fined Fleishman one week's pay of his $250,000 a year salary. [6]


  1. ^ The pupil-teacher ratio goals were established by the School Committee of the Newton Public Schools
  2. ^ "State dismisses claim against Newton Public Schools history curriculum". Wicked Local Newton. October 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jacobson, Judie (October 30, 2013). "Ads blast Newton Mass., schools over anti-Israel texts". Jewish Ledger. 
  4. ^ JTA (October 24, 2013). "Boston Suburb of Newton Accused of Demonizing Israel in Classroom Materials". The Forward. 
  5. ^ a b Allen, Evan (November 7, 2013). "State affirms school curriculum after protests". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ Schworm, Peter. "Newton superintendent fined for use of Patrick's words". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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