275 Prospect Street, PO Box 67, Norwood, MA 02062
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About our Elementary School

Mission Statement:

The core mission of the Balch School is to insure that all students achieve at high levels and are well prepared as they further pursue their education. To this end, our teachers continue to investigate new strategies and ideas with professional development opportunities offered by Norwood Public Schools as well as those offered by local colleges and universities. Our School Council meets regularly to develop annual school improvement goals and work toward their completion. Our Parent Teacher Organization supports a variety of enrichment activities for all of our students. It is this collaboration of school and home that makes the Balch School a special place to learn. On behalf of our school community, we hope you enjoy exploring our website and will learn more about the special programs and activities we have to offer. Thank you for visiting.

History of the Balch School:

The first Balch School, a wooden frame building, was constructed on the front grounds in 1867 and named in memory of Reverend Thomas Balch. In this rambling wooden structure, the young people of South Norwood were educated until 1913, when the current Balch School was constructed on its present site. In 1923, the school was enlarged by an eight-room addition and by a large playground at its rear, known presently as the Charles W. Eliot Park. A second wing containing the Nicholas Abdallah Auditorium, kitchen facilities, gymnasium and conference areas were appended to the school in 1966.  In 2004 a new school library, centrally located in the building, was completed on the first floor. The construction of the library was possible through fundraising by the Balch community.

  • First Balch Building 1867 - 1913
  • Current Building 1913 - Present
  • Eight Room Addition 1923
  • Second Wing: Auditorium, Kitchen, Gym 1966
  • New School Library 2004