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Welcome to the Curtis Tufts!

The Curtis Tufts High School is our in district therapeutic public day school and provides clinical services to students in the Medford Public Schools and surrounding communities for over 35 years.  The Curtis Tufts accommodates students with a variety of learning differences who are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and have struggled in a traditional classroom setting.

Student success is our priority. The academic instruction addresses individual learning needs of students with moderate-severe social, neurological, health or mental health disorders through differentiated learning. Students learn in an intimate setting with class size limited to eight students, and a maximum school total of 40 students. Individual/group counseling and pragmatic instruction are integrated components to meet students’ educational and social/emotional needs. There is also a facilitated transition to MHS/MVTHS as well as CTE programs as students demonstrate progress towards goals.  The Curtis-Tufts is fully staffed with highly qualified professionals including teachers, adjustment counselors and a building administrator.

I am excited and looking forward to the upcoming school year in my role as the Principal at the Curtis Tufts and to building collaborative relationships with you and your student.

Dr. Laurie Hodgdon


I am excited to join Medford Public Schools as I hold extensive experience as an administrator, a teacher, a lecturer, literacy coordinator, and graduate teaching fellow. Most recently, I held the role of School Director at Collegiate Charter School of Lowell in Lowell, MA.  Previously, I was Principal of Masconomet Regional High School located in Boxford, MA and Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton, MA where I provided thoughtful leadership to drive improvements in the academic performance and social development of students. I drove Masconomet High School to the #20 ranking among Boston Magazine’s 100 Best Massachusetts Schools.
Prior to my 11 years in the Principal roles, I  was a Co-Principal with Milton Middle/High School and Milton High School from 2003 to 2011.
I earned a Doctor of Education, with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, where I was a Lecturer in Education Programs from 2001 to 2011. I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a minor in Spanish.
I  have  been awarded Vermont Principal of the Year and UVM Educator of the Year due to excellent performance in stakeholder engagement, curriculum and learning program planning and driving cultural change that increased student achievement.
I am an experienced, student-focused educator and transformational leader with a passion for cultivating strong, improvement-oriented learning experiences and communities and proven ability to drive positive cultural change. I am thrilled to bring my passion for students and education to Curtis Tufts High School.


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Laurie Hodgdon

Phone Number: 781-393-2343 & 2344