Student Advisory Program

SEL in Needham
The Needham Public Schools has become a leader nationwide in social and emotional learning, having developed a K-12 approach that is part of every school and classroom in the district.  The advancement of SEL has been one of the district-wide goals for over eight years.  Needham’s program emphasizes skill development in:
  • Self-management and self-awareness
  • Decision-making
  • Social/interpersonal skills
SEL at High Rock
Social and emotional learning at High Rock School is embedded throughout the curriculum, instruction and experiences provided to students.  Advisory is a time during each day where specific skills and concepts are explicitly introduced, taught and practiced.  Through a school-wide awareness and integration of advisory, these skills are reinforced and practiced during the day-to-day experiences in classroom and throughout the building.  

Expectations for Advisory Experience
Advisory is a place where ...
  • Every student feels safe and connected to a small group of peers.
  • Every student has a connection with their advisor and feels safe and comfortable with this adult in the building.
  • Social Emotional skills and concepts are explicitly taught in order to be practiced and reinforced through the rest of the High Rock School experience.
Overarching Advisory Themes
1. “Be yourself.  Become a community”
2. Respect
3. Communication
4. Anti-bullying
5. Making good choices
6. Citizenship
7. Reflection


















High Rock School
77 Ferndale Road
Needham, MA 02492

Jessica R. Downey, Principal
Kerry Agashe, Assistant Principal
Judith Murphy, Special Ed Coordinator
Kathy Carell, Lead Secretary

tel (781) 455-0455
fax (781) 455-0411

School Hours
7:40 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Early Release
7:40 - 11:30 a.m.
Delayed Opening
9:40 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Drop Off
7:25 - 7:35 a.m.
Pick Up
2:10 p.m.
(2:40 p.m. if seeking help from a teacher)
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Map