"Helping Students Soar"

  • Department of Student Services Philosophy

     We believe all students are capable of learning.  Our goal is for  students to participate and contribute as fully as possible in the communities in which they live and be educated within the least restrictive environment appropriate to meet their needs.  We strive to create an environment that is safe and comfortable for the students.  We believe that family and school collaboration are essential factors in supporting a student’s learning and development. In the Department of Student Services mutual respect and collaboration are expected and infused into all of our working partnerships.

  • Department of Student Services

    One Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea, MA 02777

    Phone: 508-675-7836

    Fax: 508-672-1040


    Dr. Julie L. Garell
    Director of Student Services

    Foster Care Point of Contact

    Homeless Liaison

    Out of District Coordinator

    Mrs. Danielle M. Costa
    Assistant Director of Student Services

    Heather Nicora
    Susan Tavares

    Mark Minnella
    Student Services Administrative Assistants


    Housekeeping items:

    • Meetings will continue to be held virtually this year. It was evident in attendance of meetings and through my survey that virtual meetings worked better for families. This method will also continue to keep everyone safe during the ongoing health pandemic.


    • IEP paperwork will continue to be emailed to you this school year as well. If you would like a hard copy sent to you, please let Mark know when you receive the email, this will avoid additional paper copies floating around. 


    • Our office remains open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, but due to the ongoing health pandemic, we do ask that you call or use the drop box if possible instead of coming into the building. The drop box is located near the rear entrance to the Administration Building. In addition, please note that we have 24 hour voicemail as well.


    • Physical Therapy, unfortunately we are still in the process of finding a physical therapist to work with our students. The agency that we had contracted with does not have one for us. We have posted the position in hopes of being able to hire our own. We are keeping track of any student who has or will miss services and these services will be made up when we have a PT on board.


Resources for Families

Student Services Staff Google Sites

Pay School Fees