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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 - Louisa 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.


Massachusetts State Performance Plan (MA SPP) and Annual Performance Reports (MA APR) Target Setting

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that each state must submit a state performance plan/annual performance report (SPP/APR) to the federal government. This SPP/APR explains how the state is working to meet IDEA's requirements. SPP/APRs include:

  • Indicators that measure child and family outcomes. These are called "Performance Indicators." There are eight Performance Indicators.
  • Indicators that measure compliance with IDEA. These are called "Compliance Indicators." There are nine Compliance Indicators.

You can see school district data for our state's Performance and Compliance Indicators on the Massachusetts School and District Profiles website.

Every year on February 1st, Massachusetts submits our state's SPP/APR to the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Every six years, OSEP requires our state to set new targets for the Performance Indicators.

We'd like your input as we set new targets from now until school year 2025-2026.

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)

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  • 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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