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High School Start Time Working Group

District Communication and Approach

Given the belief of the Newton Public Schools and the Newton School Committee that a later high school start time has important health and wellness benefits for adolescents, the High School Start Time working group was created in September 2015.  The school committee’s charge to the group was to define the necessary changes to make a later high school start time happen in Newton.  The working group spent a year exploring all aspects of the issue and collected feedback from over 8,000 NPS students, teachers and parents. A final report with survey results and analysis was issued in June 2016.  The report outlined six scenarios and detailed their potential impacts.  This fall, your feedback is needed as the district considers whether a later high school start time is right for Newton Public Schools.

Community Engagement

January 23, 2017 - Update on Feedback - All Stakeholders
January 23, 2017 - Presentation
December 12, 2016 - Update on Community Feedback
December 12, 2016 - Presentation
Feedback Survey
Over 3,000 community members including students, parents and teachers provided feedback!  The surveys are now closed. 
Dear Newton Families and Community Members,

This fall, we have been conducting extensive community outreach to gather feedback on the potential changes to a later high school start time. Thank you to all who attended the community forum, participated in PTO meetings, and sent emails. We appreciate the time you have taken to provide us with your thoughts on the potential impact of this change to your family and/or organization. 

Many of you have already provided feedback on the six scenarios currently under consideration. Your feedback has been received and documented. For those who have not yet weighed in, or for those who would like to provide additional feedback, I ask that you please complete this survey. The High School Start Time Working Group will be sharing community feedback to the School Committee in a formal presentation on December 12th. 
Thank you for your patience as we consider this significant change and the implications it may have in our district. We appreciate your participation and will continue to keep you updated on the process.


David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools

PTO Meetings
The following PTO meetings are open to the entire Newton community to learn more about a potential change to high school start times, a change that could impact ALL schools in the district. Please come to learn more and provide your feedback.
Cabot Elementary (229 Cabot St.)
Wednesday, November 30th - 7:00 p.m.
Angier Elementary (1697 Beacon St.)
Wednesday, December 7th - 7:00 p.m.
Countryside Elementary (191 Dedham St.)
Thursday, December 8th - 7:00 p.m.
Oak Hill (130 Wheeler Rd.)
Thursday, December 15th - 6:30 p.m.
Superintendent's Introductory (Fall 2015) Community Letter

Information and Updates

Year-end Report - June 20, 2016
Presentation/Report Overview - June 20, 2016
Next Steps - Timeline
Community Forum/Update:
Data Results:
Student data results #1 - January 25, 2016
Student data results #2 - April 11, 2016
Staff data results #1 - March 14, 2016
Parent data results #2 - June 20, 2016
Community Surveys:
Response Frequencies for Student Survey
Response Frequencies for Teacher/Staff Survey
Response Frequencies for Parent Survey
School Committee Updates: 
School Committee Update - April 11, 2016
School Committee Update - March 14, 2016
School Committee Update - January 25, 2016
School Committee Update - December 14, 2015
School Committee Update - October 26, 2015
School Committee Update - September 16, 2015 Introduction


School Committee Representatives

School Committee Representatives are actively soliciting input on this issue. Please feel free to contact:

Ellen Gibson, School Committee, Ward 1

Ruth Goldman, School Committee, Ward 6

Or, email the full School Committee.

Public comment also may be sent to the working group email

Activity in the MA Legislature

Bill S.254 - An Act authorizing a study of starting times and schedules

Experiences in Other Communities

School Districts with recent or current explorations of high school start time:
The list of links is not intended to be comprehensive. 

Health and Wellness Information

There is a significant body of research in the area of adolescent sleep and the impact of later school start times on sleep. The links provided below are not meant to be comprehensive, only helpful starting places.
Current school start timesHigh School Start Time
      NNHS         NSHS
     7:50 am       7:40 am