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Arlington Public Schools
Special Education Department

Director of Special Education
Alison Elmer
Phone: 781-316-3533

Main Office: 781-316-3530
Fax: 781-316-3647

Mailing Address
Arlington High School
Special Education Dept, 6th Floor
869 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476

Special Education Coordinators

High School - Lynne Bennett

Middle School - Rena Mello

Elementary - Kristin Burke

Elementary - Lousia Popkin

Early Childhood - Joyce Schlenger

Out of District - Chris Carlson

Special Education

The Arlington Public Schools provides a comprehensive array of programs and services from pre-school through grades 12 designed to address the needs of eligible students who have a disability and require specialized instruction.

DESE 2021-2022 School Year Parent Letter and FAQ

Massachusetts After High School Survey 2021

Tiered Focused Monitoring Report - May 20, 2021

Supporting Self Advocacy with Elise Wulff - January 2021

COVID-19 Family Letter & Family Resource Toolbox (DESE)

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators

Educational Resources for Students and Families (DESE)


If you graduated during the 2019-2020 SY (last school year) and were eligible for an IEP at the time of your graduation, the Arlington Public Schools Special Education Department needs your help!

Now that you have been out in the world for a while, we want to hear how you are doing so we can make high school a better place for all our students.

The past year has been challenging in so many ways. If you tell us about your challenges and successes since high school, you will help us understand whether our schools are preparing students to be successful in adult life. You will help us think about how to do a better job supporting students who are in high school now.

Were you able to find a job? Did you continue your education after high school? Do you have suggestions for your former high school? We’d love to know.

Please complete our survey! There are a few options:

1. Answer the survey online using this survey link:

2. Call the Special Education Office at (781) 316-3533 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. An administrative will go online to get the survey. Then they will ask you the survey questions while you’re on the phone, and complete the survey with you.

3. If you would rather fill out the survey with someone in person, please come visit us in the District Office, located on the 6th floor of Arlington High School, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ask to speak with an administrative assistant.

Answering the survey questions will take you about 5 minutes. Please complete the survey online, mail it to us, call us, or come visit us in person no later than September 24, 2021.

Get the answers you need. It's Free! It's confidential. Multilingual.

  • INTERFACE Referral Service for Mental Health- FREE
    *Services are available to all Arlington residents, children, adolescents and
    their families, including all Arlington Public School students.
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 9AM-5PM
    Helpline 888-244-6843 or local 617-332-3666
    What to expect when you call: Intake/Matching/Follow up/Closing referral - Translation services available.

  • Dial 2-1-1. Or search online MASS 211.
    Youth Services, Elder Care, Fitness, Food, Escape Violence, Housing, Income Assistance, Legal Aid, LGBTQ, Medical Care, and Insurance, Mental Health, Nutrition, Parenting, Safety Equipment, Sexual and Health Testing, Special Health Care Needs, Transportation, Utilities, Work.

    Callers can use Mass Relay (7-1-1). 7-1-1 is the single, toll-free, nationwide number that gives everyone access to relay services. People can simply dial 7-1-1 from any phone to reach someone who uses a standard phone or a TTY. An operator will relay verbatim the conversation between the parties.

  • You can also chat with us online at
  • Call 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-6277
  • Runaway Assistance (Police Officers) ext 11
  • Childcare ext 23
  • Call2Talk (Mental Health Line) ext 25
  • Child Requiring Assistance ext 24
  • Disaster ext 20

Thank you very much, and we appreciate everyone's efforts to keep our community healthy.



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