The Park School has offered an exceptional independent education to boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade since 1888. Today, our diverse student body of 540 students comes from the Boston metropolitan area to a beautiful 34-acre campus in Brookline, Massachusetts near Jamaica Pond. 

At Park, students develop a passion for learning. Our outstanding teachers get to know each child through small classes and an active partnership with parents.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • What kind of school is Park?

    Park is an independent, coeducational, non-profit, non-sectarian day school, Pre-Kindergarten – Grade VIII.
  • When was Park founded?

    Park was founded in1888 and moved to the Goddard Avenue site in 1971.
  • Where is Park located?

    Park is located in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Massachusetts, less than a mile from Jamaica Pond and across the street from Larz Anderson Park.
  • What are the facilities like?

    Park's 34-acre campus has two main buildings, a 30,000-volume library, five science labs, computer labs and mobile laptop carts, three music rooms, three art studios, 305-seat theater, a dining room, six tutoring offices, and a separate after-school facility.
  • What is the total enrollment?

    540 students: 189 in the Lower Division, 178 in the Middle Division and 173 in the Upper Division.
  • How many faculty and staff are employed at Park?

    Park has 156 total employees; 82 teaching faculty (of whom 83% hold advanced degrees); 10 administrators; 57 staff members; 7 interns.
  • What is the average class size?

    Classes typically range between 13-16 students.
  • How diverse is Park?

    Park's community includes people from many different cultural heritages, races, family configurations, financial means, and life experiences. 36% of students and 16% of the teachers and administrators identify themselves as People of Color.
  • Where do Park's students come from?

    Students from across the metropolitan area attend the school approximately 1/3 from Boston, 1/3 from Brookline/Chestnut Hill, and 1/3 from western and southern suburbs.
  • Does Park provide after school care?

    Approximately 120 students (Grades Pre-K - V) are enrolled in our after-school program, ASP for Pre-K - III students is located across campus in a dedicated facility that has five classrooms and an outdoor playground. ASP for students in Grades IV - V is in a newly-constructed space in the main building.
  • Does Park have after school activities?

    Yes. Students in Grades IV-VIII can participate in after-school activities at no additional cost. Our After-School Program is available for younger students.

    For Grades IV & V, our after-school sports program provides an opportunity to learn fundamental skills in soccer, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. These elective, single-gender sports are scheduled twice a week from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

    After-School Activities for Grades VI-VIII When academic classes are through for the day, Park's older students are encouraged to participate in elective sports or after-school drama. In addition, a quiet study hall is offered until 4:30 p.m. These programs are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.
  • What sports are available to Park students?

    Competitive sports are very popular at Park. Over the course of the school year, more than 90% of Upper Division students choose to play on our varsity, JV, and sixth-grade teams.
    Fall Term: Soccer, Cross Country Running and Field Hockey
    Winter Term: Ice Hockey, Basketball, and Wrestling
    Spring Term: Lacrosse, Softball, and Track & Field
  • What are the sports facilities like?

    Park has 6 athletic fields, 100-meter track, 3 playgrounds, 2 gymnasiums with 3 full basketball courts.
  • Is transportation available for students?

    Students travel to Park by carpool, partially subsidized charter buses to downtown and western suburbs and free shuttle buses available from nearby MBTA stations as well as a Brookline shuttle bus, with a stop in Brookline Village T stop and 3 other Brookline locations. 
  • What about after Park?

    94% of Park students go on to independent secondary schools.
  • What is Park's tuition?

    Tuition ranges from $27,200 for Pre-Kindergarten to $38,750 for Grade VIII. 
    Our tuition includes all expenses for textbooks, athletics, field trips, recess refreshments, and lunch for Grades I–VIII.
  • Is financial aid available?

    Yes. Park has a generous financial assistance budget and is committed to being an economically diverse community. We offer financial aid those who need it, and encourage you to consider Park whether or not you can afford the entire tuition. Park distributed $$3,182,000 in need-based financial aid to 22% of the student body in 2016-17.

    Please click here for more information on the financial assistance application process.
  • What is Park's endowment?

    Our endowment as of June 30, 2013 was $39,200,000 which supports approximately 8.1% of Park's $20,700,000 operating budget in 2013 - 2014.