Brookline Schools

Brookline Schools are at the Head of the Class

High academic standards. Teaching the whole child. A focus on community service. Respect for individual difference. These are the qualities on which Brookline’s public school system is built and has thrived for more than 100 years. Comprised of eight K-8 elementary schools, 1 high school and an early education program, the Brookline public schools stand as a symbol of excellence and source of pride for the entire community.

Unique to Brookline, most families walk or drive their children to school creating a sense of neighborhood at which each school stands at the center. Parent involvement is encouraged, teachers are among the most accomplished and experienced, and administrators are among the most innovative. The proof is in the results; the Brookline schools are consistently ranked among the state and the country’s highest achieving schools systems.

Read on, to learn more about Brookline Public Schools.


Baker School

Located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, the Baker School is the second largest of Brookline’s elementary schools (Devotion is largest) with a student population of 674. Truly an international school, fully 1/3 of the students speak English as a second language. Baker participates in the system-wide Language Lerner Program with a focus in Korean English and boasts an intensive Learning Center Program. The school was renovated in 2000, adding two new wings, a new cafeteria and library.

205 Beverly Road
Brookline, MA 02467
(617) 879–4500


Devotion School

In the heart of Coolidge Corner, the Devotion School stands as a reminder of Brookline’s rich history as well as its future. The first and largest of the eight Brookline elementary schools, 716 students are enrolled at Devotion. It boasts many renowned graduates including John F. Kennedy; his legacy is honored every year with a four-week study in collaboration with the JFK National Historic Site. It’s English Language Learner Program focuses on Hebrew speakers and its Pre-K through 8 Therapeutic Learning Center helps students in need of intensive social and emotional supports. Thirty-eight countries are represented in Devotions student population.

345 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 879-4400


Driscoll School

The 439 students who attend the Driscoll School along with their families are the heart and soul of the Washington Square community. Mandarin Chinese is the school’s focus in its World Language Program and it is home to the system’s K-8 language based learning program, coached in part by the Landmark School. Driscoll boasts a lively community with events that honor Martin Luther King Jr, celebrate Chinese New Year, and the annual “Arts Equinox”, a three-day all-school arts festival.

64 Westbourne Terrace
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 879-4250


Heath School

The Heath School is located in Chestnut Hill and is home to 444 neighborhood students. The school’s focus is Build Community, Communicate Respect, Work Hard and Strive for Excellence. Its commitment to promoting equity is evident in several school_wide initiatives including an Equity Team, a PTO Diversity Committee that coordinates events for parents and families, and the Heath Family Partnership that fosters connections between families in the METCO program and Brookline families.

100 Eliot Street
Brookline, MA 02467
(617) 879-4570


Lawrence School

The Lawrence School serves families living in the Longwood Medical neighborhood. It has an internationally diverse population of 620 students. Lawrence is the hub for the Japanese English World Language Program. One hundred students attend this program, 60% of which speak Japanese as their first language, the remainder coming from 15 different countries around the world. Students who may require a more intensive learning experience can find programs designed specifically for children with varied disabilities. The school was renovated in 2003-2004 adding classrooms, a larger library, and cafeteria.

27 Francis Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 879-4300


Lincoln School

There are 29 countries represented among the 507 students attending the Lincoln School. Eighteen languages are spoken; Japanese is the focus of the Language Learner Program. Like many of Brookline’s elementary schools, Lincoln focuses on community action with school_wide service learning initiatives such as: The Heifer Project, the Green Team Ecology Project, the Second Grade Exchange School Program with the Tsukushino Elementary School in Machida, Tokyo, to name a few. Lincoln is part of the system-wide Adaptive Learning Center Program, servicing students with developmental disabilities and multiple disabilities.

19 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 879-4600


Lynch School

It’s never too early to foster learning. The Brookline Early Education Program serves pre-school and pre-kindergarten children who are two year six months old (2.6) as of September 1st to three years four months (3.4). Children then move to pre-kindergarten the following year, a program for three and four year olds in a mixed age group.


Pierce School

At the Pierce School, 669 students, representing more than 450 families from over 70 countries comprise the ethnically, culturally and socio economically diverse community. Located in Brookline Village neighborhood, its guiding principles are community, equity and achievement. The school is two building connected by a covered bridge. The historical building, a more traditional school structure, houses kindergarten classes, a first and second grade class, and most of the 7th and 8th grade classes. The main building is an open structure that reflects the school’s open classroom philosophy.

50 School Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 730-2580


Runkle School

The Fisher Hill neighborhood is home to the Runkle School, named for John D. Runkle, once a School Committee Chairman in Brookline and founder of MIT. The school boasts a vibrant community, rigorous academic program, support for the arts, and a belief in teaching the “whole” child. It is host to the Spanish English Language Lerner students and to programs for children on the PDD/Autism Spectrum. Five hundred fifteen students attend the Runkle School.

50 Druce Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 879–4650

Brookline High School

Brookline High School

There is something for everyone at Brookline High School from literature to Latin, arts to athletics, culture to community service. The school is home to a diverse body of 1732 students from 76 nations speaking 57 languages. Consistently ranked among the top high schools in the country, in fall of 2008, Boston Magazine ranked BHS number one in the state in academic performance and US News and World Reports awarded a silver medal, as one of the top 500 schools in nation. The high school is generously supported by the Brookline High School PTO, School Committee and three foundations: BHS 21st Century Fund, Brookline Education Foundation, and The Brookline Community Foundation.

115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 713-5000