Brookline has long had one of the strongest school systems in the Boston area. Because Brookline remains an independent city from Boston, it has an autonomous school system. It is one of the few in the state that does not have middle schools. Instead, students attend kindergarten through eighth grade at one school and then move to a high school for their last four years. If you are looking to relocate to the Boston area and you have children or are planning on having children, you should seriously consider looking at properties in Brookline. To schedule a meeting to discuss your real estate needs and to view available properties, contact Miro Fitkova of Re/Max Unlimited at (617) 254-1369.
Brookline High School
Brookline High School serves the entire city of Brookline. Eight elementary schools feed into this reputable institution. With slightly under 1,900 students, the school boasts students from all races, cultures, economic backgrounds, and from 76 countries. The Advanced Placement program is quite extensive, giving upperclassmen the chance to get ahead with college courses; plus, the average SAT I score in 2005 was 1218 for Brookline High students whereas the national average was 1028.
Edward Devotion School
This famous school that John F. Kennedy attended serves the Coolidge Corner neighborhood. As the largest elementary school in Brookline, it is the home to many international students whose parents are studying at nearby hospitals and universities. The
active PTO organizes several annual events including the School Fair, the Harvest Auction, Cabaret Night, and a series of family events. Special programs that the Devotion School offers include the Hebrew English Language Learner program and the Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Special Education program.
Michael Driscoll School
The Michael Driscoll Elementary school serves the Washington Square neighborhood and is the only school to offer a Mandarin Chinese program. All students K-6th grade study Chinese and then 7th and 8th graders may elect to continue studying the language. The school celebrates both diversity and the arts through programs throughout the year, which include celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Chinese New Year, art festivals and a writing festival that includes visiting authors.
This elementary school that serves the Chestnut Hill neighborhood has a focus on student-teacher collaboration and on volunteerism. They have an ongoing relationship with the Ronald McDonald House, which 6-8th graders participate in. Additionally, all grades participate in volunteer projects throughout the year. To foster student-teacher collaboration, the younger grades take part in a weekly Heath Family Meeting.
Edith C. Baker Elementary School
Baker School serves the South Brookline area. With over one-third of the student population speaking English as a second language in the home, Baker is considered an "international" school. It is known for its outstanding Korean English Learning Program as well as its Cognitively Impaired Special Education program. The Baker school was fully renovated in 2000; two wings with more classrooms, a new library, and a new cafeteria were added. Each year, the graduating eighth grade class takes a trip to Washington D.C.
Amos A. Lawrence School
Serving the Longwood area, this elementary school strives to create lifelong learners who can make educated choices. The PTO is active throughout the year planning various activities to encourage parent participation in school programs. Additionally, the newly renovated school offers a Japanese English Language Learner program and a Neurobiologic Special Education program for the entire Brookline school system.
William Lincoln School
The William Lincoln School, which serves the Pill Hill and Point neighborhoods, strives to provide a rich after-school enrichment experience for its students in addition to a rigorous academic program. In addition to homework centers, students can participate in chess club, student government, Scrabble club, the
school newspaper, science club, the Thaler Program: a student work program, Model U.N., Continental Math League, and the National Geography Bee. The PTO plans a variety of activities for families including courses for parents.
Founded in 1855, the Pierce School is one of the oldest schools in Brookline. It serves the Brookline Village neighborhood and has an open classroom philosophy, which is guided by the highly collaborative staff. Each year the school puts on two different musical theater productions.
John D. Runkle School
John D. Runkle School serves the Fisher Hill neighborhood. Founded in 1897 by John D. Runkle, who was a founder and the second president of MIT, the school has a long history of academic excellence. The school serves the district's PDD/ Autism Spectrum student population and has a program in place for Spanish English learners. The active PTO plans many fun events throughout the year and also raises money for scholarships.
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