Winter Hill Community Innovation School 

Welcome to Winter Hill

The Winter Hill Community Innovation School is the Somerville Public School district's only Innovation School, which includes limited self-governance and a deliberate and innovative approach to addressing student needs. Our school community is a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment where all students, of any race, country of origin, first language, socio-economic status or neurodiverse learning style, develop into thoughtful, caring and engaged young adults. We recognize the unique identity, personality and talent of each individual student and are committed to educating the whole child. We strive to ensure that all students make continuous academic gains, develop socially and emotionally, take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, and thrive in a community that actively promotes inclusion, diversity, human rights, global responsibility and local action.

Our school includes PreK-8 mainstream classes, the Newcomer Academy Program for grades 5 - 8, the AIM (Adapt, Include, Motivate) sub separate program for grade 1 - 8 students with autism, and supports throughout mainstream classes for English language learners and students with disabilities. 

In 2017, WHCIS received the The Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools at The Boston Foundation. Read how we support our students in the case study about our innovative practices. Learn More about the WHCIS. In 2023, a student lead research team in collaboration with Harvard conducted a survey about our dress code. Winter Hill students may now follow the district-wide dress code (described on page 65 of the SPS Parent/Guardian Guide) and are no longer required to wear a uniform.

For the 2o23-2024 school year, the Winter Hill Community Innovation School will be reloacted to the Edgerly Building on 8 Bonair Street. More information can be found here

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Meet the Administration 


Courtney Gosselin

I have been the principal of Winter Hill since the fall of 2019. Prior to that, I was an Assistant Principal for 4.5 years at Winter Hill and the Nathaniel Bowditch K-8 School in Salem. I spent my first 14 years in education teaching Spanish. I learned Spanish in school and by studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Political Science, a M.A. in Education and a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership. I was also a Lynch Leadership Academy Fellow at Boston College. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband, three children and our dog, go to the beach, travel and read.

call/text 781-221-7861

Interim Assistant Principal 

Isabel Barros

I am so excited to join the Winter Hill Wildcat family. I transitioned from the West Somerville Neighborhood School where I spent 7 years in various roles (school adjustment counselor, dean of students, and interim assistant principal). Prior to working in Somerville I interned at various Boston Public Schools as part of my masters program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. I also taught young adults at Year Up Boston and I am a proud City Year Greater Boston alumni. In my free time I like to read a good book on the beach and spend time with my family. I am looking forward to a joyous year with all of you. 

Principal's Update

Principal Coffee Hour

Translations of the handbook are coming. Please email one of our liaisons MaryLou or Karla with any questions.

Front Office Staff

School Secretary

Nancy McWeeny

She/her This is my 12th year at the Winter Hill School and I think I have the very best job in the world!! 

Family Liaison

MaryLou Carey-Sturniolo

This is my 9th year at WH.  I love my job for so many reasons but especially because I get to connect with so many families in our community. Together with my husband Jim we have raised 4 incredible young men and a super cute puggle named Trevor.  I speak Portuguese and a bit of Spanish. I believe the best method of communication though is a smile! 

Eu falo português. Yo hablo español. 

Family Liaison

Karla Cabera

I am from Guatemala and my home language is Spanish. I have worked for the Somerville Public Schools since 1988. As a Liaison, I am here to provide families with information about all the resources available for them.

I am very happy to be part of the Wild Cat Family!

Yo hablo español.



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School Day Hours

Edgerly Gr. 1-8

8:10am - 2:35pm

Kindergarten at Capuano

8:25am - 2:50pm

SMILE Pre-School at Capuano

8:45am - 1:45pm