August 16, 2021 

Hello SES Families!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are elated to have ALL our staff and students back at our school. It is exciting to inform you that SES is ready to service students and cannot wait for the academic year to begin.

This pandemic tested all of us. However, we have seen the resiliency of our staff, students, families, and community. I want to thank you all for being remarkable partners during this unusual time. I can confidently say the last year and half has brought the SES community closer. We want to continue this remarkable journey as we open our doors this year.

Our focus will be continuing to build our emotional well-being and generating a culture that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive. We understand the last year has been tumultuous and our primary charge is to make sure that the student learning environment at SES is conducive to the needs of our remarkable students.

Over the summer, the SES staff has been busy receiving professional development, updating our technology, and making important curriculum changes to ensure that our students receive the most advanced academics tools; while keeping a culture of safety, fun and learning. We are excited for our students to be introduced to these new academic instruments.

I know that Superintendent Paris has been informing you regularly about the current district safety guidelines. I have enclosed an information sheet that is specific to SES. This will help you navigate the first two weeks of school and provide you with all the necessary information you and your child will need for the beginning of the school year.

Please visit our SES Family One Stop web page for current information, resources or contact information. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to welcoming and seeing all our SES students! With much gratitude,

Arlene Reidinger SES Principal


Meet the SES Administration


Arlene Reidinger (Principal):  A licensed School psychologist and Mental Counselor, Ms. Reidinger has a wide variety of experience.  Ms. Reidinger began her career with the Department of Public Health in youth programming.  She has a long history working in the field of education and public health.  Being employed at SES for over a decade, Ms. Reidinger is part of the original staff who was instrumental in shaping the high school programing at SES.  During her time at SES, she has served as a High School counselor, followed by transitioning to the role of High School Facilitator, and transitioned to her current role of leading SES as the school's Principal starting this year.


Kimberly Kozak (Assistant Principal):  Ms. Kozak has an extensive history working in the field of education.  As one of the original staff, which helped develop the high school program, she has been highly involved in the academic and therapeutic development of the students of SES. Ms. Kozak has an expansive knowledge of curriculum and is an expert in the field of Special Education. Ms. Kozak's long history at SES has seen her serve as a teacher, and later as the high school curriculum coach.  With an extensive educational background, Ms. Kozak transitioned to her current position as Assistant Principal, at the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year.  In this role, she mentors all new teaching staff, supports teachers in all programs through curriculum development, leads professional development for staff, and works as the head of the SES After School Program.  Due to her love of curriculum development and supporting teachers, Ms. Kozak elected to also retain her responsibilities of High School Curriculum Coordinator.  She is also fluent in American Sign language, and is a certified Herbalist. 


Erik Desmond (Assistant Principal):  Mr. Desmond has a long history in education.  As a teacher, he taught Math at the High School level and coached High School Football.  Following some time away from Lawrence Public Schools, Mr. Desmond brought his academic expertise.  He transitioned to his current role at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.  Under this role, Mr. Desmond serves as the head of student services, which includes addressing student concerns, guiding enrichment opportunities, and assisting staff in guiding students toward academic achievement.

If You are Looking for Community Activities

Si Estan Buscando por las Actividades de la Comunidad



Youth Soccer

Beyond Soccer, Inc.

280 Merrimack Street, Suite 309

Lawrence, MA 01843

Cell:  617-970-1623


Youth Football

Lawrence Pop Warner Football


City of Lawrence Recreation Department

Lawrence Recreation Director

Nelson Ortiz

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Music and Arts 

Movement City

168 Newbury Street

Lawrence, MA 01841



Essex Art Center

56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840



Lawrence YMCA


Executive Director

Daniel Halloran


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Sports Director

Jaycob Morales

978-686-6191 x49

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Ice Skating

Vetrans Memorial Skating Rink

229 Brook Street

Haverhill, MA 01832

Rink Director

Vin Ouellette

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MA Department of Children and Families


If You are Looking for Counseling Agencies and Community Supports in Lawrence

Si Estan Buscando por Agencias de Consejeria y Apoyo Comunitario en El Area de Lawrence


St. Ann's Home

100A Haverhill Street

Methuen, MA 01844

Phone:  978-682-5276

(ask for intake - Lucy)

Fax:  978-688-4932


Arbour Counseling Services

599 Canal Street #1E

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-686-8202

Fax:  978-686-1281


Counseling for Change Associates

60 Island Street #43

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-687-3700

Fax:  425-928-2856


South Bay

15 Union Street, 2nd Floor

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-688-5222

Fax:  978-688-4901


MA Society Prevention Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

439 S. Union Street #116

Lawrence, MA 01843

Phone:  978-682-9222

Fax:  978-681-9508


Children's Friend & Family Services

15 Union Street, Ste. 200

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-682-7289

Fax (CSA):  978-686-2954

Fax (Clinic):  978-482-2014


Lahey in Lawrence

12 Methuen Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-683-3128

(ask for Intake)

Fax:  978-682-7296


The Psychological Center

11 Union Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-685-1337

Fax:  978-681-1281


LPS Family Resource Center

Lawrence Public Schools

60 Island Street

Lawrence, MA 01840


The School for Exceptional Studies is located at the North Common Education Complex (NCEC- Old Lawrence High School)  NCEC is a large building, and houses SES, UP Academy Oliver, the High School Learning Center, and the Superintendent's Office.  As each school, and Central Office have their own designated enterances, please use the following guide to help you access SES. 


Visiting SES

School for Exceptional Studies is located at 303 Haverhill Street.  When visiting SES, please be sure to ring the bell at the lower right door.  Identify yourself and your reason for the visit, and await further instructions.