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Brookline, MA
Students enrolled: 565

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171 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 274-6000
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November 21, 2014
This can be an extremely destructive school for above average students from traditionally disadvantaged or minority communities. The school has a commitment to being a diverse campus and has an academic and educational model that empowers children and encourages their self-expression. Unfortunately, the administrators and some veteran teachers set about teaching your child to negate their culture and to fit in in a way that robs the student of their self-esteem and their social and intellectual confidence. This is being done while the teachers are creating a safe and nurturing environment for the grade as a whole. This dichotomy leaves the minority student feeling like they are under a magnifying glass and must strive really hard to fit in even though they cannot change the color of their skin. They really want to be a part of the inclusive community but are on the outside. The biggest problem is the school routinely accepts above average students from traditionally disadvantaged communities and then puts them a grade back. After the student is put a grade back they are coerced by administrators not to stand out and not to do better than the other students in their class.

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January 20, 2014
WOW!! Nirvana. Kids are fortunate to have amazing teachers, small classes, beautiful environment. Can't say enough about how caring the faculty is. Kids supportive and non competitive they are given the true gift of an amazing education.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
Having started in 6th grade it was difficult fitting in, and previously being from public school, Park is sort of like a giant bubble protecting you from the outside. But in the end, your grade becomes your family (a cliquey one...but you've gotta love em'). You make life long friendships and some of the teachers are amazing, really amazing. The academics are good...not great...but good. The athletics are great...although gym class can get a little intense. The theatre and art programs are great...and I LOVE the directors. Overall, I would really recommend this school to anyone looking for a tight nit community.

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2011
I am a former student, and have now completed my first quarter at one of the most competitive high schools in the nation. It is safe to say that the humanities do not prepare well for writing, as I received As and A-s on papers w/ the rare B+. My best grade now is a B+ and my paper avg. is a low B. The math is awful at Park but I've never had a problem. I agree that the department is stubborn about acceleration. Most kids from Park would have to be in one of the 2 lower level math classes to get above a C. The language department prepares well except that classes are not conducted in the language until 9th grade. That can be a shock in high school. The history department is not very good as most classes are lecture and presentation based w/ papers that encourage long hours over thinking. I cannot say how the science department did on preparation as I am not taking a science yet. But, the 7th grade science is awful. 8th grade science can actually be fun. Park's social environment is good for normal kids, but super-nerds do not thrive. The secondary school counseling program is stellar as many unqualified individuals attend fantastic high schools. Many do attend worse ones though.

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November 30, 2010
I was bullied within an inch of my life at this school. Yes, academically it was good, but I would give anything not to have gone there. It has permanently scarred me

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April 13, 2010
Amazing, nurturing environment with caring and smart faculty, small class-size (14 average) great after-school sports and drama.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2009
In my nine years there i have never ever had a problem! I have grown so much!

- submitted by a student

December 23, 2007
Park school is a fabuolus school for the smart fun people of the world!

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April 18, 2006
Decent preparation for high school; most faculty are good and several are great. The administration can be innefective and frustrating at times, and kids with the ability to achieve above the level of their classes are generally frustrated. Better for lower grades than 6-9.

- submitted by a student

April 03, 2006
Caring loving setting for academic exellence.

- submitted by a parent

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The Park School
171 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA  02445
(617) 274-6000
Last modified The Park School is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
The Park School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews. Top