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Most days between 8:00 and 8:20 AM, ending between 2:35 and 3:00 PM. In the case of early dismissal on Fridays, students will end their day between 2:15 and 2:35 PM.
To ensure that 9th grade students have a full academic and elective experience their school day will be on average 15 minutes longer than that of their 10 through 12 peers.
The majority of classes at OLS are for academic subjects, and the majority of classes 9th grade students take at 115 Greenough will be their elective classes.
Tutorials will mostly take place at 115 Greenough, and there will be a limited number at OLS.
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.
Some advanced math and world language courses will take that course at the 115 campus. For those students, one of their blocks at OLS therefore will be for electives and/or wellness.
X-block for 9th graders will happen every other week at 115 Greenough St.
Most days 9th grade students will have three or four academic classes. Some days they will have as few as two or as many as five.
Just like every school year, all BHS students will receive their schedule via Aspsn in the middle of August.
Cohorts will be determined by our computer scheduling process. Student and families will not be able to select their cohort.
No, in the middle of the school day all 9th grade students will be at OLS.
No. There will be four lunch seatings at OLS.
Students will be together during the middle of the day at OLS, but on different schedules. They will also be together during X-block and for Class meetings.
Yes. Each cohort will have at least 260 students so just like any year at BHS, students will be in classes with many other students.
All families will be notified of their start times and campus locations in July. Full student schedules will be published on August 16.
Yes, siblings will be in the same cohort and start school at the same location.
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.
Yes. Cohorts are set for the entire year.
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. The walk takes approximately 13 minutes and the schedule is adjusted to accommodate it. Students will transition between the sites only once per day.
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.
Over the summer, the Department of Public Works will be fixing up steps and repairing the concrete structures to prepare for student use for the fall.
Administrators, security staff, and Brookline police will facilitate approximately 250-275 students traveling at one time. There will be the ordinary police/crossing guard assistance at specific intersections, but no additional guidance beyond that.
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.
The crossing guards will be at Davis and Cypress and Boylston street in front of OLS.
It is a consideration. Using Davis Ave. as our main travel route gives us the added control of having BPD in place to effect any necessary changes to the traffic patterns. This would not be an option on Route 9 which is state controlled.
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.
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.
The BHS bus will stop at the 115 campus and at OLS for both morning drop off and afternoon pickup.
There will be one bus that will loop between the two campus locations. Please note that sign up for the South Brookline bus has already occurred. If you have questions about the South Brookline bus, please contact the PSB Transportation Coordinator Evan Schwartz at email@example.com
No. Only students who live in the South Brookline area qualify for bus service.
Students who would like a locker will be able to apply for one through an electronic form that will be available closer to the beginning of the school year.
Such equipment would be brought over by kids when they make the transfer to the 115 campus.
The school owns instruments (tubas, cellos, etc) and the students who travel will use the school instruments during their music classes.
There will not be Junior Mentors in the same fashion we have used them in the past, however, we will have upper class students continue to be part of the transition process and opening days.
No. Rising 9th graders will transition to the deans at 115 Greenough St.
Yes, there will be a clinic at OLS and 115 Greenough so students can easily coordinate any health care needs.