It’s that time of the year again – back to school! And so I figured what a great time to share some pertinent information* about the schools in Weston, MA….
I. Weston Public Schools, 89 Wellesley Street, 781-786-5200. The Weston public schools consist of three elementary schools (Country, Woodland and Field) as well as the middle and high schools.
Elementary Schools – Weston enjoys two parallel Kindergarten through Grade 3 schools, Country and Woodland. Once a child enters one of the schools, his/her siblings will follow at that same school. Then for Grades 4 and 5, the children come together from Country and Woodland Schools and enter Field School. “Elementary class sizes average 20.4 in Grades K through 5.” Here is more specific information on the elementary schools:
- Country School, 2 Alphabet Lane, 781-786-5400
- Field School, 99 School Street, 781-529-8000 – Note that a newly-built Field School is in process and slated to be complete by September 2014. Click here for updates from the Field School Project Committee.
- Woodland School, 10 Alphabet Lane, 781-786-5300
Weston Middle School, 456 Wellesley Street, 781-786-5600 – The Middle School educates children in Grades 6 through 8, and it is “organized in a ‘house’ system, with students in each house sharing the same set of subject matter teachers. This arrangement allows for a more personal and supervised education appropriate for young adolescents…. Middle School class sizes average 22.4.”
Weston High School, 444 Wellesley, Street, 781-786-5800 – The High School consists of students in grades 9 through 12. There were 179 students in the 2012 graduating class.** Note that Weston High School was just ranked #1 in Boston Magazine’s Best Schools 2012 issue.
II. Weston Private Schools and Colleges
Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road, 781-642-8600 – “The Cambridge School of Weston is a [co-educational] innovative, collaborative, day and boarding community fostering educational depth and richness for students in grades 9 through 12 since 1886.”
The Gifford School, 177 Boston Post Road, 781-899-9500 – The Gifford School “is a private, nonprofit, coeducational day school providing a specialized educational and clinical program for students who face a variety of learning, behavioral and/or emotional challenges. Gifford serves over 100 students ranging from eight year olds to high school seniors. Students come from over 60 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.”
The Meadowbrook School, 10 Farm Road, 781-894-1193 – “The Meadowbrook School of Weston [is] a co-educational independent day school for students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 8.”
Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, 781-768-7000 – “Founded in 1927 by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston (CSJ), Regis welcomes students of many faiths and provides everyone with opportunities for spiritual development and community service that are hallmarks of the CSJ tradition. Regis was a women’s college until [its] successful transition to coeducation beginning in 2007. Now [it] enroll[s] 1,600 men and women, both undergraduate and postgraduate.”
The Rivers School, 333 Winter Street, 781-235-9300 – “The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12.”
Tremont School, 57 Brown Street, 781-235-4805 – “The Tremont School is a new, independent, co-educational day school in metrowest Boston for grades 5 through 12, specifically designed to offer a lively, project-based curriculum for a deliberately diverse group of students.”
III. Weston Preschools & Day Care Programs
Interestingly, Weston Patch featured a Reader’s Choice Poll in March 2012, “The Best Preschool or Day Care in Weston is…”, and according to the poll, “With 998 votes and six comments, Roxbury-Weston Programs, Inc., came in first place, with North Avenue Nursery School following with 837 votes and 14 comments. Beginnings School, Weston Wing, Red Barn Nursery School and The Mosaic School rounded out the top six.”
Beginning Child Development Center, 210 South Avenue, 781-891-1011 – Beginnings offers programs for infants and toddlers as well as for preschool, Junior Kindergarten, SPARK Kindergarten and an Afterschool Program for children in Kindergarten through Grade 3.
Countryside Playschool, 130 Newton Street, 781-899-5417 – Countryside Playschool is a preschool which “accepts 2 to 3 year olds.”
The Learning Zone, 101 River Road, 781-642-6787 – The Learning Zone offers programs to infants and toddlers as well as part time and full-time preschool and full and part day Kindergarten. The children range in age from one month to 6 years.
The Mosaic School, 2 North Avenue, 781-647-1155 – The Mosaic School is a “small early childhood program” for children 15 months to 5 years.
North Avenue Nursery School, 377 North Avenue, 781-894-4377 – This school operates two classes, one for ages 3 and 4 and a pre Kindergarten for ages 4 and 5.
Red Barn Nursery School, 724 Boston Post Road, 781-893-8020 – “The Red Barn tradition is one of parents and teachers working together for the benefit of all the children. The school was established in 1943 and is one of the oldest cooperative nursery schools in the Boston area.” Children range in age from 2.9 to 5 years (pre Kindergarten).
Regis College Children’s Center, 235 Wellesley Street, 781-768-7096 – “The Regis College Children’s Center enrolls children ages 15 months to 5 years old. The RCCC provides child care and education services to children of Regis College staff and faculty, and families of surrounding communities.” Regis also offers a private Kindergarten program called Academy Kindergarten.
Roxbury-Weston Programs, Inc., 349 Boston Post Road, 781-891-6710 – “When [Roxbury-Weston] began, [it was] a socially relevant and progressive project by joining children from diverse communities together to learn, play and understand each other. The communities [it] served knew the value of a good education and the greater value of social understanding and thinking. Today Roxbury-Weston Programs is the longest running voluntary desegregation education program in the country.” Children range in age from 2.9 to 5 years (pre Kindergarten).
Weston Windows, 2 and 10 Alphabet Lane (at Country and Woodland Elementary Schools), 781-786-5240 – “It is the philosophy of this program that all children are unique and special. [The program offers] a developmentally-appropriate preschool classroom that supports both children with special needs and children who are developing at a typical pace [and that] recognizes each child’s strengths, individual needs, pace and style of learning.” There are two classrooms at both Country and Woodland Schools.
Weston Wing, 313 North Avenue, 781-891-9021 – “Weston Wing is a non-profit nursery school/child care center…. Parents may enroll their children for three, four or five days per week, … and parents of young toddlers have the additional option to choose a two day morning, extended day, or full day program. Weston Wing enrolls 78 children per day.”
I hope this information about the Weston schools helps answer some general questions and serves as a preliminary guide. For more detailed information or with specific questions, please click on the link to the school’s website or call the school directly. On a personal note, my children attended the Red Barn Nursery School and Weston Windows, and then have come up the Woodland Elementary School track into Field and the Middle Schools. And so if you have questions about these particular schools, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com). Please also contact me for more information about the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns or for a complimentary home appraisal.
* The quoted information throughout this post is taken from each school’s particular website.
** Source: Weston PTO 2011-2012 Student Directory.