Q. Does Park Street School offer Financial Aid?
A. Yes, financial Assistance is available for Pre-K through Grade 6, with limited availability for Preschool, and is based on demonstrated need and available funds. For more information, please see the section on Financial Aid on our Admissions page.

Q. Does Park Street School follow Boston’s Public School Calendar?
A. Yes, we are on the Boston Public School academic calendar. For more specific information, please visit our Calendar page.

Q. How do I enroll my child in Park Street School?
A. You can learn more about our application process and apply on our Admission page.

Q. Do you test students at Park Street School?
A. Yes, students in Grade 3-6 take the “Comprehensive Testing Program” (CTP4) – a test created for high-achieving schools by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). This test measures performance in language skills, reading comprehension, writing and math. This test is developed by the same company who develop the SAT’s and the “Independence School Entrance Exam” (ISEE), which our students will take as they apply to middle and high school.

Q. Where have your graduates been accepted for Middle School?
A. We are very proud of our graduates of Park Street School. They have enjoyed great success in their continued education. All of our graduates have placed in top Middle Schools in the Greater Boston area. Ninety-six percent were accepted into one of their top two schools, and 94 percent tested into exam school. Schools where are students have been accepted include: Beaver Country Day; Boston Catholic Memorial; Boston College High School; Boston Latin Academy; Boston Latin School; Boston Trinity Academy; Brimmer and May; Buckingham Browne & Nichols; Dexter; Fessenden; Lexington Christian Academy; Mount Alvernia High School; Newton Country Day; Nobles; Southfield; Thayer Academy; The British School; and Winsor.

Q. What does it mean to be a “Christian” school?
A. Sharing a great tradition with other local schools – such as Boston Latin, Boston College, and Harvard University – Park Street School has been founded and established by Christians seeking to provide an excellent education to Bostonians. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our cornerstone. From that foundation, we seek to provide an environment of acceptance, balance and fairness regarding faith and its questions.

In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, we nurture each child to achieve his or her full potential and develop an understanding of his or her worth as a unique being created by God. In addition, the formation of Christian character in all students is of utmost importance. Emphasis is placed on compassion, kindness, and respect towards others.

Weekly, Park Street School students engage in a Bible curriculum with a yearly motif. Teachers lead the students in voluntary prayer at morning meeting, and all Park Street School students attend chapel twice a month, a time that seeks to foster a love for God, the Bible, and one another. Chapel is led by pastors in the Boston area.

Q. How many students are in each class?
A. Our student to teacher ratio is low. There can be as many as 18 students in a classroom, with one teacher and one assistant.

Q. What are the hours of school?
A. Park Street School classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Students arrive at school beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the school day ends at 3:15 p.m.

Q. Do you offer after school care?
A. Yes, our after school program is from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Students enjoy a snack and scheduled free time before transitioning into engaging lessons in athletics or arts and crafts, or other topics taught by Park Street School and or Park Street Kids faculty.

Q. Where do children go for recess?
A. Weather permitting, our children play in the Boston Common and the Public Garden and/or at the Esplanade Playspace. When weather conditions prevent us from going outside, we utilize our gym or the classroom for recess.

Q. Do children take field trips?
A. Yes, in order to take advantage of the rich cultural, historical and educational opportunities of Boston and the surrounding areas, several field trips will be scheduled during the school year.

Q. Who will teach my child at Park Street School?
A. Park Street School hires qualified teachers who exhibit creativity, energy, and a nurturing spirit. All of our teachers and assistant teachers have at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Q. Do you have to attend church to go to Park Street School?
A. No, our students come from various religious backgrounds. Some of our families attend church, representing many different denominations, while others don’t attend church at all.

Q. As a Christian school, do you teach evolution in science class?
A. All views of the beginning of life – including various views of creation and evolution – will be taught, offering a fair and balanced presentation of current research and evidence.

Q. Where do your students come from?
A. Seventy-five percent come from the downtown neighborhood, such as Beacon Hill, South End, Back Bay, North End, Charlestown, West End, Chinatown, Leather District, and others come from surrounding neighborhoods/communities.

Q. How do students get to Park Street School?
A. We encourage parents to either take public transportation or walk their children to school when possible.

The school is located within walking distance from the MBTA Red and Green Lines. The Red line stations are located at Park Street and Charles/MGH. The Green line stations are located at Park Street and Arlington Street. Students, 11 years of age and under, may ride the MBTA (except commuter rail zones 3-8) for free when accompanied by an adult. The area is also served by the MBTA Bus Routes 43 and 55, both of which stop at the intersection of Beacon Street and Charles Street.

Parents dropping off or picking up their children by car are assigned a drop-off/pick-up location, either on Beacon Street or on Mugar Way. Staff will be at each designated location to meet families and escort children to school. Parents are not to park at either drop-off/pick-up locations.

Private School Busing for Boston Residents
According to the criteria established by the Boston School Department, transportation services are provided to many private school students in the Boston area. Many students who are Boston residents and live at least one mile from the school are eligible to ride the bus to Park Street School. Transportation services are provided only on the days when Boston Public Schools are in session. Park Street School staff members will be at the designated bus stop to assist in transporting the children between the bus stop and their classrooms during the drop-off and pick-up each day.

Q. Is there parking at Park Street School?
A. No, Park Street School does not provide parking. Parents dropping off or picking up their children by car must park at the Boston Common Garage, or at a metered spot on Beacon, Charles, or Arlington streets. We encourage families to carpool, which the administration will assist in coordinating.

Q. Can students buy lunch at school?
A. Park Street School does not provide daily meals. Parents are to send in two (2) snacks and a lunch each day. Children staying for the after school program will need three (3) snacks. Families do have the opportunity to sign up and select meals for their students with Smart Lunches, a local organization that will deliver snacks and/or lunch to your child(ren) at school during the day.

Q. Is there a dress code?
A. Yes, Park Street School has a standard school uniform for boys and girls. Students will be expected to wear the school uniform each day, unless otherwise notified.

Q. Will students receive homework each night?
A. Yes, students will be assigned homework by their classroom teachers. Homework will be given to reinforce the concepts being taught in class, and the amount given each week will be appropriate for each grade level. Homework completion will be factored into the students' grades. Parents will be notified if more than three (3) assignments are missing within a period of a month.

Q. How do I find out about my child’s progress at school?
A. Classroom teachers send weekly updates about classroom happenings, events and activities, and are available daily by e-mail or by telephone. As well, students are assessed throughout the year. Progress reports are published on the portal three times per year, with parent-teacher conferences for the first and second trimester.

Q. How do I find out what's going on in my child's class or in the larger school community?
A. Primarily, parents can access information instantly about their child(ren)’s classroom activities, schedule and plans through our PSS/PSK Parent Portal. Weekly newsletters from classroom teachers, monthly newsletters from specials teachers, Parent Association news and minutes, directory listings, school calendars and photos can be found on our secure site. On the portal, you are able to access family contact information, update emergency contacts or the list of individuals allowed to pick up your child. In addition to seeing class specific information, all school events, notices and policies also live on the portal. In the higher grades at the elementary school, parents are also able to see students’ homework assignments and test dates. In addition, the school sends out an all school newsletter, Schoolroom Notes twice a year, an annual report, and hosts numerous informational events for families.

Q. Is parental involvement encouraged at Park Street School?
A. Yes, the role of parents in a child’s development is both recognized and valued at Park Street School. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education. Parents are welcome to visit and participate in the classroom, to chaperone field trips, help plan class parties, assist with Open Houses, participate in parent-teacher conferences, serve on various committees, work in the school library, and help with special events. Each class will have an appointed classroom parent who will assist with coordinating various school events and activities. Parents are also encouraged to attend scheduled Parent Breakfasts.

Q. Does the school have a Parent Association?
A. Yes! Our school has a Parent Association (PA). The PA’s purpose is to support the stated mission and core values of Park Street School/Park Street Kids on behalf of its parents. The PA works hard to promote a sense of community, help provide a communication tool between the parents and the school’s administration and faculty, and help to organize school-wide events.

 

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