About Countryside

Countryside has a population of 435 children in grades K-5 housed in 22 classrooms. The class configuration is as follows:

  • Kindergarten – 4 classrooms
  • 1st grade –  4 classrooms
  • 2nd grade –   3 classrooms
  • 3rd grade –  2 classrooms – 1 Co-Taught
  • 4th grade –  3 classrooms – 1 Co-Taught
  • 5th grade –  3 classrooms – 1 Co-Taught
  • We also have a city-wide ABA Program for students with severe autism.

We are a staff of over 100 full and part-time teachers, aides, behavior therapists, ISS (Instructional Support Staff), office, custodians and lunch monitors.

Countryside is a multicultural community that embraces our diversity. Many of our children come from families speaking a language other than English. Languages spoken at home include Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Countryside Core Values are central to our work with children. Our core values are Respect, Cooperation, Responsibility and Learning. They are posted throughout the school.

Responsive Classroom is an educational approach that is practiced in all our classrooms and throughout the Newton School District.  Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to K-8 teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). A high-quality education for every child is built on the foundation of creating a safe and joyful learning community.

We have a very active PTO who volunteer in the classroom, the school library, for field trips as well as for other programs throughout the school.

The Countryside Children’s Center (the after school program) is also housed in the school (Art Room). Joan Tanner is the Director – Phone # 617-964-6958. They also have a location in Upper Falls – Phone # 617-965-6434. Email: j_tanner00@msn.com.

Countryside mascot: Lion Cub

Countryside colors: Green and white