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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 - Amy Benjamin

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.


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DESE 2021-2022 School Year Parent Letter and FAQ

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.
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    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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