Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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9th graders will either be in a cohort that starts every morning at 115 Greenough Street or a cohort that starts at Old Lincoln School. Most students will take their elective classes (Performing Arts, Career and Tech Ed, Visual Arts and some World Language) as well as support blocks (Learning Center and Tutorial) at 115 Greenough, and they will take most of their major subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language) at Old Lincoln School.
The cohort that starts at 115 Greenough will travel to OLS after they take their elective classes. The cohort that starts at OLS will travel to 115 Greenough after they have completed their academic courses. Students will travel in one direction once per day.
The cohorted travel model aligns with our school vision of what a BHS education should be. The fundamental strength of BHS is the academic, cultural, and social experiences students have while on campus. By taking classes at both locations, 9th grade students will continue to be exposed to the depth and breadth of our elective program as well as the range of academic supports. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Career and Tech Education, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts which would not be possible if they were just at OLS.
Additionally, having 9th grade students take classes at the 115 Greenough campus will help their transition into the high school and make sure they are familiar with how the school operates. By being at both locations, the Classes of 2023 and 2024 will immediately be able to experience the range of our programs and become full members of our community rather than being cloistered at an off campus site that has a more limited program and fewer opportunities.
Most students will travel between buildings on foot. There will be a bus between the buildings for students who require transportation.
Students will travel from OLS on Boylston Street to Davis Path, which will take them to White Place and then to Davis Avenue. From there they will walk straight to 115 Greenough Street. This route takes approximately 12 minutes and is approximately 0.6 miles long. Click here to see the path students will walk through between the two locations.
Administrators, security staff, and Brookline police will facilitate approximately 250-275 students traveling at one time.
The primary means of transport will continue to be foot travel between the buildings even in challenging weather. In the rare event that the Brookline Public Health Department declares that outside travel is not safe, we will make alternate schedules and/or travel plans.
There will be both a bus and van to transport students between buildings in the event of an injury or mobility issues.
Cohorts will be determined by our computer scheduling process. Student and families will not be able to select their cohort.
A majority of High School activities will be held at 115 Greenough St. Students will make their way to that building at the end of the school day if they end at Old Lincoln School.
There will be both before and after school academic support at 115 Greenough and OLS.
Most teachers will be either at 115 Greenough or Old Lincoln School. Some teachers, however, will travel back and forth.
No, teachers will not be flexible with tardies. There will be a 20 minute passing time between OLS and 115 Greenough which will be enough time to ensure that students will be able to get to class in a timely fashion.
As with all BHS students, attendance is taken in every block. Any unexcused absence is reported to parents by phone or email the same evening. Parents can also monitor attendance in classes by using the Aspen Family Portal.
Pick-up/drop off will take place on Route 9 as well as on Walnut St.
The BHS bus will stop at the 115 campus and at OLS for both morning drop off and afternoon pickup.
While all students can fit at OLS for part of the day during their major academic classes, all of the different facilities needed for all of the different types of elective classes would not fit. We do not have the space or the facilities, for example, to run wellness classes, engineering, computer animation, and cooking at OLS.
Our walking route will not take students along Route 9. Students will cross Route 9 at the signalized crosswalk directly in front of OLS and then will proceed over the footbridge to White Place and Davis Road and on to the 115 campus.