Charles Sumner Elementary School

  • The Sumner Elementary School is committed to developing and nurturing each child’s talents and abilities in a safe and academically challenging environment. Our solid academic program focuses on building a strong school climate with efforts to celebrate all levels of academic and behavioral accomplishments. 

    We are a full-service school emphasizing the arts and school-based services. We offer services and programs such as tutoring, band, and strategic interventions through Response to Intervention, etc.

    The Sumner faculty goes above and beyond to ensure each and every child receives the academic and support services he or she needs to succeed. 

    Special Features:

    • Strong focus on differentiating instruction
    • Science, physical education, computers, arts
    • Partner for Student Success school, extending teaching and learning beyond the school day
    • Response to Intervention through the Academic Achievement Framework
    • Tutoring for students who need extra help
    • Many opportunities for family involvement
    • Diverse community
    • Healthy School program with a focus on teaching children healthy choices
    • Located in the heart of Roslindale, just off Roslindale Square

    Special academic programs:

    • Special Education classes, grades 1-6
    • Inclusion classes in K2-grade 6
    • Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for multilingual learners
    • Excellence for All (EFA) instruction, grades 3-6

    Before and after school programs in our building:

    • Before school: grades K1-6: literacy and math activities, enrichment and recreation programs; sliding scale fee and financial aid available
    • After school, grades K1-6: homework help, enrichment activities and recreation centered around literacy, math and technology, and developing leadership skills; sliding scale fee and financial aid available


  • Principal
    Meghan Welch
    Assistant Principal
    Christine Rinaldi

    Lower Campus
    15 Basile Street
    Roslindale, MA 02131
    Phone: 617-635-8131
    Fax: 617-635-8136
    Upper Campus
    105 Cummins Highway
    Roslindale, MA 02131
    Phone: 617-635-8073

    School Hours
    9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m.
    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:40 p.m.

    Grades: K1-6
    Level: Elementary
    School Type: Traditional