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


2023 Graduates - the Arlington Public School District 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 may have 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?


Please complete our survey! There are four options:

  1. Answer the survey online using this survey link
  2. Request a paper survey and we will mail you one to your home address.
  1. Call Cassandra Crowley at (781) 316 - 3608 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ms. Crowely 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.
  1. If you would rather fill out the survey with someone in person, please arrange a visit with us in the Office of Student Services, located at the rear entrance to AHS, 14 Millbrook Drive. between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday. Ask to speak with Cassandra Crowley.

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 6, 2024.


The individual information you share through this survey will be seen by your school/district’s staff, by staff at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and by staff at the Potsdam Institute for Applied Research at the State University of New York. No one else will see your individual responses. Responses from all of the people who answered the survey from your whole school/district will be publicly reported all together, anonymously, in a way that keeps what you individually said private and confidential.

Please help us by answering this survey! Thank you for your time.

Arlington Public Schools recently participated in a Tiered Focus Monitoring Review (TFM) conducted by the Department's Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM). The purpose of the Tiered Focus Monitoring Review is to monitor compliance with regulatory requirements focusing on special education and civil rights. 

Each school district, charter school, vocational school, and virtual school undergoes a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review every three years. The statewide Tiered Focused Monitoring cycle is posted at https://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/6yrcycle.htmlRegularly monitored standards are divided into two groups, known as Group A Universal Standards and Group B Universal Standards. Districts and schools are monitored on an alternate set of Universal Standards every three years in the areas of Special Education (SE), Civil Rights Methods of Administration and Other General Education Requirements (CR), selected requirements from the MA Board of Education's Physical Restraint regulations, Student Learning Time regulations, and various requirements under other federal and state laws. 

The Department is pleased to report that the district was found to be in compliance with all criteria reviewed; no corrective action is required at this time.


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

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Alison Elmer
[email protected]
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: Amy Forsythe
[email protected] 

Middle School: Kelley Bostwick [email protected] 

Elementary (Bishop, Peirce, & Stratton):  Kristin Burke
[email protected]

Elementary (Dallin & Thompson): Chris Carlson [email protected] 

Elementary (Brackett & Hardy): Louisa Popkin
[email protected]

Early Childhood: Joyce Schlenger
[email protected]

Out of District: Chris Carlson
[email protected]