The Park School
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The Park School is an independent day school in Brookline, Massachusetts, for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1888 as Miss Pierce's School, it is a 34-acre campus in Brookline, Massachusetts near Jamaica Pond.
|The Park School|
171 Goddard Avenue
|School type||Independent, coeducational, non-profit, non-sectarian day school Independent Elementary and Middle School|
|Motto||Simplicity and Sincerity|
|Head of school||Scott M. Young|
|Average class size||14–16 students|
|Campus size||34 acres (140,000 m2)|
|School color(s)||green & white|
|Publication||The Park School Bulletin|
|Newspaper||The Park Parent|
Park's facilities span a 34-acre campus.
Park's library contains 30,000 volumes and audiovisual materials.
Across the campus is Faulkner House, which provides office space, the After-School Program's main facility.
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The school's main building was constructed in 1971 from a modern architectural design by Earl Flansburgh & Associates under the direction of then Headmaster Robert S. Hurlbut, Jr. Built of reinforced precast concrete as a stack of modular classroom and office spaces with wall-length windows for more natural illumination of rooms, it exemplifies the brutalist concrete construction style pioneered by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. But its brick wall accents and its preserved oaks and Roxbury puddingstone outcroppings pay homage to historical New England building traditions and topography. The building features an inner courtyard with a "Space Churn" stainless steel mobile sculpture by George Rickey, donated by a Park parent in 1971. In 1996, the West Building designed by Graham Gund and Associates, added two full-sized basketball courts, three modern science labs, and four mathematics classrooms to the school's facilities. In 2008, the school completed a major expansion and renovation of all of the pre-kindergarten – grade 5 classrooms. A new wing houses Grade 4 & 5 classrooms, after-school program space, a conference room, and adjoins the newly renovated 5,400-square foot library.
In 2008, the school completed a major expansion and renovation of all of the pre-kindergarten – grade 5 classrooms. A new wing houses Grade 4 & 5 classrooms, after-school program space, a conference room, and adjoins the newly renovated 5,400-square foot library.
During the summer of 2018, several renovation projects took place including significant updates to the Early Childhood classrooms (Pre-K & K), the accompanying Early Childhood/Discovery Playground, and the transformation of a Conference Room into a state-of-the-art Makerspace.
The Park school includes a Lower Division, reserved to teaching younger students from Pre-K to Grade 2 about themselves as individual learners.
At Park, the academic year runs from September to June. School begins at 8:15 a.m. for all students. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, school is dismissed at 3 p.m.; Tuesday at 2 p.m. (This time is used by the faculty for professional development and departmental meetings.) Pre-K is a half-day program until 12 noon. Kindergarten is dismissed at 12 p.m. on Monday and Friday, 2p.m. on Tuesday, and 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
Various extracurricular activities are offered in the After-School Program for Pre-K – Grade 5. Families may sign up for two to five afternoons per week; pick-up times are 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Students in Grades 6 – 8 are encouraged to participate in elective sports or after-school drama. In addition, clubs and a quiet study hall are offered until 4:30 p.m. Park offers three seasons of sports, as well as three seasons of theater production, that students may participate in.
Sports include Flag Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball and Cross Country in the fall, Basketball, Wrestling and Ice Hockey in the winter, and Lacrosse, Softball and Track and Field in the spring.
Theater choices change term to term and include both modern and classical theater, with a musical in the winter term.
School-wide events include Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; Yule Festival – a longstanding holiday assembly that acknowledges both the common and varying traditions of the school's diverse community in songs and readings that capture the principles and spirit of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa; and May Day – a special assembly welcoming spring for students in Pre-K through Grade 5. Graduation is held in June and features an alumnus/a speaker.
Distinguished graduates of The Park School include:
- Ty Burr: film critic, The Boston Globe
- Bertha Coombs: reporter, CNBC
- Michael Cox: professional football player
- Evan Dando: lead singer, The Lemonheads
- Loren Galler-Rabinowitz: Miss Massachusetts 2011
- Tucker Halpern: Grammy Nominated musician Sofi Tukker
- Joseph Kahn: foreign news editor, New York Times
- Jonathan Kraft: President, New England Patriots
- Elliot Richardson: U.S. Attorney General
- George Schuller: jazz drummer, son of composer/conductor Gunther Schuller
- Chris Tierney: professional soccer player, New England Revolution
- Jonathan Tucker: actor
- David Walton: actor
- W. Kamau Bell: comedian
- Stu McNay: athlete, Olympic sailor
- Howland, Jay. The Park School: One Hundred Years, 1888-1988. Brookline, MA: The Park School, 1988.