Dear SES Parents and Guardians,

     We recoginze that in order to be successful in school, our students need the support from both home and school.  Your input, support, and partnership are an important role in helping us create an environment that is successful for your child.  This partnership will allow us to do the very best in servicing their needs both academically and emotionally.

     We are certain that a strong partnership and an emphasis on effective communication will make a profpund difference in servicing your child.  We ask of you that you guide and support your child's learning by ensuring that they attend school daily and share their day with you.

     Please come and talk with me if you would like to share any concerns or suggestions.  I feel privileged to be part of this school and working with our students.  Your child's well-being, safety, and education are SES's priorities.  The SES family wants to be able to support you in all areas of your child's development.  Please come to us for assistance in supporting you with your child's educational needs.

     Please take a moment to look at the list of resources and links provided below.  Do not hesitate to ask for assistance or guidance.  The SES staff thanks you for your support and looks forward to meeting with you.  A working partnership only means success for your child.



Arlene Reidinger

SES Principal


People To Contact


Main Number:  (978) 975-5980

Fax Number:  (978) 685-1653


Principal:  Arlene Reidinger

Assistant Principal:  Mary-Ann Rapoza

Dean of Students:  Erik Desmond

Dean of Operations:  Kim Kozak


Main Office:  Room 104


Elementary School Counselor:  Sandra Coombs

Middle School Counselor:  Melissa Apperti

High School Counsleor:  Sara Thornhill

SLC Counselor:  Sandra Coombs


Educational Team Facilitator:  Deb Ditommaso


Parent Liaison:  Rosa Rita

School Clerk:  Liliana DeJesua


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.


Mary-Ann Rapoza (Assistant Principal):  Ms. Rapoza has a long history in the field of mental health services.  She has been the Assistant Principal of SES for over a decade, and is a supportive administrator.  Ms. Rapoza is well skilled with guiding staff toward meeting the school's vision and trusting staff to make informed decisions that improve the quality of the students' education.  Ms. Rapoza is also the lead contact for family and community outreach, with SES.  


Kimberly Kozak (Dean of Operations):  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 Dean of Operations, at the beginning of the 2016/2017 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 (Dean of Students):  Mr. Desmond has a long history in education.  As a teacher, he taught Math at the High School level and coached High School Football.  Returning to SES in the 2015/2016 school year, 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 2016/2017 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.