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Guide to Private Schools and Preschools

Thank you to all of the incredible schools who have chosen to participate in our Guide. We are so excited to bring it to you!

If you are going through the daunting task of trying to pick a preschool or a private school, we feel you Mama!

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide of private schools and preschools in Boston and beyond.  We hope it helps you figure out what is best for you and your family!

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With a more than 50-year legacy of blending tradition, innovation and academic excellence, Solomon Schechter is a premier Jewish independent school in the Boston area serving children ages 18 months through eighth grade. A Schechter education offers an engaging, innovative and rigorous educational program with meaningful intersections between Judaic and secular subjects; ignites a spark of Judaism and love of Israel in our students; and cultivates a collaborative, joyful, inclusive and responsive community across all of our diverse constituencies. At Schechter, every child is known and understood. Our students become self-confident, compassionate, practicing Jews and committed citizens who are prepared for the academic and social challenges of the modern world, and who are connected to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. 

Shaller Campus – Lower School
Gosman Building
60 Stein Circle
Newton, MA 02459
Shoolman Campus – Gan Shelanu and Upper School 
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125 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

Nashoba Brooks School is an independent school located in Concord, MA. Co-ed Preschool–Grade 3 and all girls Grades 4-8. Nashoba Brooks School is uniquely positioned to educate students for a life of continuous learning, accomplishment, and leadership in a diverse and changing world.

200 Strawberry Hill Road
Concord, MA 01742

978.369.4591

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Atrium School’s PreK–Grade 8 progressive education encourages academic curiosity, creativity, and exploration while fostering each child’s intellectual growth. Our students develop confidence in themselves and respect for others within a joyful, vibrant community of nurturing teachers, engaged parents, and enriching partnerships. At Atrium, an emphasis on collaborative, balanced, hands-on curriculum enables students to gain and exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills across multiple curricular areas. Students develop strategies that nourish their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical self-confidence and growth. In all of their interactions and studies, Atrium students are given time to question, explore, experiment, and reflect both independently and cooperatively.  Community is a powerful and pervasive force at Atrium. Respect for each individual within a group and each individual’s membership in the community defines the essence of interaction at the school. Teachers, families, and administrators work to meet the evolving needs of children, and together they form a partnership of mentors, collaborators, and allies who guide children to think and act responsibly.

69 Grove Street
Watertown MA 02472

Open House, Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Belmont Day School is a dynamic pre-k to 8 school with an exceptional balance of attention to character, academics, arts, and athletics. Its students become self-motivated, life-long learners and enthusiastic community contributors. The school’s values of honesty, caring, joy, responsibility, respect, and excellence guide every decision and interaction.

Students receive robust and thoughtful academic preparation, and are taught by talented faculty who know them as individuals and challenge them to question and explore. At Belmont Day, students cultivate a garden to learn about sustainability, solve engineering problems in the ideate lab, and engage in meaningful service projects in the community. The culture of critical and creative thinking is illustrated by the breadth and scholarship of eighth graders’ culminating Capstone research projects.

Belmont Day students are also budding and experienced actors, artists, athletes, and musicians who choose from over 30 extracurricular offerings. The school’s versatile and accomplished graduates go on to succeed at a variety of secondary schools.

55 Day School Lane
Belmont, MA 02478

(617) 484-3078

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Open House Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Chestnut Hill School inspires exuberant learning, intellectual curiosity, and each child’s unique leadership style. It’s where children of all cultures, colors and affinities sit side-by-side, deciphering math equations, designing robots, playing violin. Whether age three or twelve, CHS children learn to build grit, develop empathy and explore creativity.
 
At CHS, parents and School work in sync as an extended family, challenging ideas and intellect, cultivating emotional and cultural depth, and living an ethos of respect for self and others. The School is a place where everyday teaching thoughtfully intertwines head, heart, and hand, creating the bedrock for lifelong educational journeys.
428 Hammond Street 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The Brighton School is a private elementary school for students in Pre-K through 6th Grade. We offer small class sizes and an individualized curriculum to meet the needs of each student. We also offer an accelerated educational program for gifted and talented students. Our program allows children to move ahead academically at their own pace regardless of their age. The Brighton School is a dynamic and stimulating learning environment where each child’s accomplishments are valued. 

We offer an on-site After-School Program to 6:00 pm MondayFriday.

360 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01705

 

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The International School of Boston opens a world of possibilities and offers a global learning experience for students from preschool through grade 12. Here, rigorous bilingual education meets creativity; inclusive cultural experiences create a welcoming environment; and dedicated teachers cultivate the global mindset needed to learn and lead, today and in the future. As one of the oldest bilingual schools in the United States, ISB prepares students for two of the world’s most prestigious diplomas, the French and the International baccalaureates. Our graduates are admitted to universities around the world. Students at all levels are introduced to the world at ISB, and learn to see things differently as they speak and think in two or more languages. It is a place where students explore independent thinking and develop self-confidence; where students and their families bond in a shared celebration of culture and long-lasting friendships. We are truly teaching the world at the International School of Boston. We welcome you to join us.

45 Matignon Road
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 499-1459
Cambridge Montessori School was founded in 1963 to foster a love of learning and to educate children to be caring, socially responsible citizens of their community and world. The educational and supplemental care programs at CMS involve children from twenty-one months through grade 8 in four different programs: Toddler, Primary, Elementary and Middle School. CMS seeks to educate the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy, in a family-oriented environment. The philosophy is based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) whose holistic vision of education focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of the child. 
For Dr. Montessori, and for CMS, education is preparation for life.
161 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA  02138

129 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA  02140

 
96 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA  02140
 
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Saint Joseph Prep is a place where scholars learn, athletes compete, engineers tinker, artists create, and leaders grow; a place where high school students find both comfort and challenge; a place where they gain the preparation to compete at the finest colleges; a place where they mature into courageous and compassionate, virtuous and visionary young men and women. Technology is integrated into the curriculum via a 1:1 iPad program, with emphasis on the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. The School offers transportation from many area communities, an extensive athletic program, vibrant extra-curricular opportunities, small class sizes, an Academic Enrichment Center, Chapel Speaking and Advisor Programs, and individualized college counseling. We provide our young people with a holistic, student-centered and outcome-oriented educational experience that is both exceptional and affordable.  

617 Cambridge St.
Boston MA 02134

617-254-8383

The Cambridge-Ellis School provides a warm, stimulating early-school experience in a joyful, loving environment built upon a foundation of trusting relationships with a diverse group of children and families. We promote the optimal development of the whole child through a creative, play-based, emergent curriculum, an emphasis on arts and outdoor play, and immersion language offerings.

80 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-0014

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Classroom Observations | December 1, January 20
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for parents only. Please register on our website.

At DCD, we believe that balance matters—in learning and life. We combine academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts, athletics and service learning create a program that is balanced and whole. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. Here, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence.  For 114 years, DCD has been welcoming young children, passionate teachers, and committed families to our Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 learning community.

90 Sandy Valley Rd 
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone (781) 329-0850

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The Fessenden School is an independent school for students in Pre-K – Grade 9, with boarding options for Grades 5-9. Located in West Newton, just minutes from downtown Boston, Fessenden offers state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys

Fessenden’s 41-acre campus is a place where people live, share, and learn together in an inclusive community enveloped in a core mission—to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys and to cultivate each student’s individual potential

In our Lower School, with attention from teachers who foster a love of learning, boys play, engage, and grow. By demonstrating kindness and respect, faculty and staff encourage these characteristics in our dynamic, curious, and intelligent boys.

In our Middle and Upper Schools, boarders and day students alike are immersed in a diverse culture that comes from a campus community of local, national, and international students. Fessenden has created an academic experience that both supports and encourages boys to venture beyond their comfort zones. As a result, boys strive, interact, and claim their identities with both confidence and humility.

250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
617-630-2300

OPEN HOUSE: November 6, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Fontbonne Academy is an all-girls Catholic High School located just south of Boston in Milton, Massachusetts. Fontbonne is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, whose mission is to care for the dear neighbor without distinction. We share in our strong commitment to service and social justice. Fontbonne fosters Gospel values and educational excellence. Fontbonne offers an inclusive and diverse community with students from over 40 towns and cities in the Greater Boston area. We also host a large number of international students from countries such as China and Vietnam.

930 Brook Road
Milton, MA

(617) 696-3241

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Curious Minds: Folk Tales from Around the World
Friday, Nov. 4: 1:20 PM to 2:25 PM
 
Admissions Information Session
Sunday, Nov. 20: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Admissions: Head of School Coffee
Thursday, Dec. 15: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Admissions Information Session
Sunday, Jan. 8: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, success depends on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.  At The Rashi School, education is forward-thinking, keeping pace with innovations in research and practice on how children learn and emphasizing the skills students will need to be successful in the world they are inheriting.  
 
The school’s integrated curriculum weaves Jewish Studies – including social justice, which is uniquely emphasized at Rashi – seamlessly into the secular curriculum. This interdisciplinary approach helps students discover connections between one subject and another, between themselves and the community, and between their community and the world at large. 
 
At Rashi, the Boston area’s Reform Jewish independent school, students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn in an atmosphere infused with an appreciation for, and love of, a life informed by Jewish values. The school shares a 162-acre wooded campus with Hebrew SeniorLife’s NewBridge community, enriching the student experience with multigenerational friendships and perspectives.
 
The Rashi School graduates accomplished and engaged students who have a strong sense of self and Jewish identity and who understand their obligation to make a difference in the world.
8000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026
 
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Information Sessions 8:45–10:00 a.m.
November 9
December 14
January 4 & 11
February 8
March 8
April 12

Early Childhood Open House

Preschool to Grade 3
January 14, 10:00–noon

Windows into Waldorf
January 28, 8:45–12:30

 

Founded in 1972 as part of a global network of Waldorf schools, the Waldorf School of Lexington serves 200 students from preschool through grade 8 on a campus adjacent to the 185-acre Great Meadows conservation land. Creative free play is the cornerstone of WSL’s program through kindergarten, offering young children an unhurried and media-free early school experience. In first grade, students begin a challenging, arts-integrated academic curriculum including the humanities, mathematics and sciences, two foreign languages, choral and instrumental music, visual and performing arts, and athletics. WSL also offers a biodynamic gardening program, farm and field trips, nature walks, and seasonal festivals. The school’s educational philosophy and culture instill in students respect for themselves, for each other, and for the living world around them. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of joyful, self-directed learning.

739 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420

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Brookwood School Open Houses
Saturday, November 19, at 1 p.m. and Saturday, January 28, at 1 p.m.

 

Research shows that quality early childhood education plays a critical role in developing a strong foundation for a child’s educational future.

At Brookwood School, we know how important it is . . .

  • That your child enjoys going to school;
  • That your school focuses on caring for the whole child;
  • That your child is known by his or her teachers;
  • That your child is engaged in a challenging and meaningful curriculum.

At Brookwood this happens every day.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Brookwood School is a coed day school for Grades PK through 8.  The school educates 375 students of diverse backgrounds from 42 towns. Bus transportation available. Four out of five faculty members hold advanced degrees and our student/teacher ratio is 8:1.

One Brookwood Road
Manchester, MA 01944

978-526- 4500

Milton’s K-8 Admission Open House is Saturday, November 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please contact us with any questions: 617-898- 2509 or [email protected]

Milton Academy cultivates in its students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Embracing diversity and the pursuit of excellence, we create a community in which individuals develop competence, confidence and character. At Milton, class sizes are small, which means that everyone is part of the action. Skilled, caring faculty members create an environment that encourages young people to take safe risks, while offering the support students need to succeed. Students make connections across disciplines and discover new areas of study that fascinate and inspire them. School is an exciting and welcoming place for Milton’s Lower and Middle School students.

Milton’s main entry points are Kindergarten, Grade 4, Grade 6 and Grade 7, though we accept applications for other grades as spaces become available. Please begin your admission process well before the January 15 deadline; this provides more time to schedule appointments, complete paperwork, and—most important—reflect on the Milton Academy environment and your child.

 

170 Centre Street
Milton MA 02186

617-898-1798

December Open House
Tuesday, December 6

Located on a beautiful 30-acre campus, Meadowbrook is a co-educational independent day school for students in grades junior kindergarten through eight. At Meadowbrook, the mission is to know and love, challenge and nurture every child. A nationally recognized STEAM school, Meadowbrook uses technology to enhance learning. A rigorous academic day is supplemented by robust arts and athletics programs. Meadowbrook’s outstanding teachers bring exceptional passion and enthusiasm to the classroom, accompanied by extraordinary dedication to our students’ success and well-being. Our commitment to fostering productive social-emotional learning results in a warm and welcoming school community that embraces students, faculty, staff, and parents. Meadowbrook provides children with a solid academic and personal foundation for future success in a caring and joyful educational environment that reflects a proud tradition of excellence and a commitment to innovation.

10 Farm Rd. Weston, MA 02493  
781-894-1193

Open House:  Sunday, November 6 12-3p
Applications Due:  Friday, January 6, 2017


The Park School provides an exceptional education for boys and girls ages 4-14.

At Park, students develop a passion for learning in a diverse environment that is both nurturing and challenging. Our outstanding teachers get to know each child through small classes and an active partnership with parents. Central to our mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people.

We offer after-school programs, generous financial aid, bus service to the Western suburbs, Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, and the South End, as well as free shuttles from nearby MBTA stations.

The best way to learn about Park is to visit our campus and see the School firsthand. To get started, please click here.

171 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 277-2456

COHEN HILLEL ACADEMY is the Jewish independent school north of Boston. The K-8 school offers a vibrant and enriching bilingual education through an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum. Relationships are at the heart of the school; understanding every child and his or her family enables faculty and staff to help students meet their full potential and build a tight knit and warm community. Graduates of Cohen Hillel are critical thinkers and compassionate leaders, who have a strong Jewish identity and a desire to make a difference in the world.

Six Community Road
Marblehead, Massachusetts
(781) 639-2880

JCDS Admissions Information Sessions
Monday, November 14, 9:00am – 11:00am
Tuesday, December 13, 9:30am – 11:30am
Wednesday, January 18, 9:00am – 11:00am

JCDS is a K-8, co-ed day school for children being raised in Jewish community.  Founded in 1995, the hallmarks of our school are intentional pluralism, both in terms of families’ Jewish backgrounds and and broader worldviews; small class sizes; academic innovation in Hebrew language instruction and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education; reflective teachers and an engaged community that nurture each child individually. In our joyful and dual-language English/Hebrew environment, each child’s flame is kindled.

We are a school that educates the whole child – prioritizing a child’s social and emotional development, spiritual imagination, and physical activity as critical parts of a holistic learning experience. We partner with parents to raise human beings who go out into the world with a humble confidence, confident in who they are and what they can contribute, and curious to learn from new and different perspectives and experiences. JCDS graduates become leaders in their high school communities, and grow up to pursue lives of meaning and purpose.

57 Stanley Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
617-972-1733

Berwick Academy is Maine’s oldest, independent Pre-K through 12 day school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. We educate nearly 600 students from New Hampshire, southern Maine, and the north shore of Massachusetts. Our eight bus routes make us easily accessible from three states and over 60 towns. Our faculty are committed to offering an innovative curriculum focusing on a challenging student-directed learning experience. Berwick operates on an underlying culture of authenticity and balance. Students are challenged to bring their authentic selves to all that they do and to engage fully in the program every day.

31 Academy Street
South Berwick, ME 03908
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Open House
Tuesday, January 10, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Register on our website!

Tenacre is a welcoming, coed school and community for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Our Wellesley location is easily accessible from many metro Boston communities.

Our mission is simple and to the point: Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day. Our small size, our team teaching approach, and our firm commitment to the elementary years all contribute to Tenacre’s success, as does our attentiveness to every facet of every child: academic, emotional, social, and moral. We want to do more than raise test scores. We want to expand horizons, stoke curiosity, and build character.

We hope to see you soon.

 

78 Benvenue Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

 

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K-6 Interactive Coffee Talk this Wednesday, 11/16, 8:30-9:15. Register here

Newton Montessori School is an independent, coeducational school serving 175 families and 205 children ages 15 months through grade 6. Here, you’ll find a dynamic community of learners, where a diverse group of children, families, faculty and staff are united by their common goal of empowering children to explore, learn and grow. Rooted in Montessori philosophy and supported by experiential learning, our approach holds a deep respect for the individuality of each child and a strong belief in their potential. Our creative, caring, capable and curious students have the skills and abilities to thrive in a variety of learning environments. Our graduates are accepted at a wide range of independent and public schools, including The Winsor School, Beaver Country Day School, Newton Country Day School, Dedham Country Day School, The Rivers School, and Meridian Academy.

80 Crescent Ave.
Newton Centre MA. 02459

(617) 969-4488

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Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 5th
The Children’s March on Tuesday, February 14th at Cambridge City Hall
Founded in 1967, Fayerweather Street School is an independent PreK through 8th grade school located in Cambridge with an emphasis on progressive education .Our faculty are highly skilled and caring, and class sizes are small, allowing teachers to respond fully to each student’s needs and interests. Fayerweather strives to help students connect with their own curiosity and find joy in the learning process. We offer thematic, project-based curriculum, co-teacher model with multi-age classrooms, a diverse student population, an anti-bias curriculum, and generous financial aid. 
 
Still accepting applications for fall 2017!

765 Concord Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138

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For 25 years, The Sage School in Foxboro has been Greater Boston’s premier school for gifted education. Working at an unprecedented depth of curriculum, students in Pre-K (ages 3.2-5) to Grade 8 are given the opportunity to leverage their intellectual talent and creativity alongside same-aged peers who share their love of learning. Sage offers a rigorous core academic program complemented by performing and fine arts, foreign language, robotics and technology programs integrated through its signature STEAM curriculum. The school’s experienced faculty are trained in gifted education and dedicated to inspiring, challenging and nurturing innovative learners in a collaborative environment. Sage graduates are confident, thoughtful young adults with unparalleled preparation for the future, and who find acceptance to the top secondary schools across New England. Bus transportation is available from Needham, Newton and Dedham. Visit www.sageschool.org to learn more or contact the Admission Office at 508.543.9619 to schedule a personal tour.

171 Mechanic St.
Foxboro, MA 02035

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St. Joseph Parish Schools, located in Needham, MA. offers a full day Pre-K and K Program through Grade 8. Both schools, St. Joseph Elementary School and Monsignor Haddad Middle School, attract students from more than 20 neighboring communities. Noted for its academic excellence and enrichment programs, the co-curricular activities include a STREAM (science • technology • religion • engineering • arts • math) program and drama classes/ productions in the grade school, and visual arts and athletics in the middle school. Learn more at www.saintjoes.com

1382 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Apple Orchard School

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Parent interviews for Fall ’17  3-year-old classes Nov 1- Dec 14, 2016
Parent interviews for Fall ’17  4 and 5-year-old classes Jan 2 – Mar 1, 2017

If you come visit Apple Orchard you may see children pressing apple cider, or piling into a hay wagon with their teachers for a tractor ride to pick pumpkins, or walking one of our goats. The children delight in feeding our chickens on the playground in the mornings and climbing on our wooden train in the woods.  We are a 5 day, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (with afterschool until 4:00 p.m.) September thru June program focused on the outdoors on Allandale Farm in Brookline.  Founded in 1971, we have 95 children that range in age from 2.9 years to 6 years    Our play based curriculum focuses heavily on social emotional skills with a blend of Reggio and Montessori approaches.

282 D Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445
617-731-6463
 

Holy Name Parish School

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Put your child on the right path. Discover the possibilities in our Nursery-Grade 6 programs. Join our respectful Catholic community that integrates faith and value formation with the education of the whole child. Come Join the SPIRIT Alive at Holy Name Parish School!

Holy Name Parish School
535 West Roxbury Parkway
West Roxbury, Ma

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12 Church Street
West Roxbury, Ma

(857) 203-9898

Adams Montessori

Adams Montessori School is a vibrant community of families, friends and faculty who work together to offer children a stimulating and developmentally enriching experience rooted in the Montessori philosphy. Our toddler program is for children ages 15 months to 2 years 9 months. Our primary program serves children from preschool through the kindergarten year (2 years 9 months through age 6). And our elementary program includes 1st grade through 6th grade. We also offer before and after care programs as well as a summer camp. Visit our web site to learn more about Montessori and about our school

Adams Montessori School Open Houses
Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10 am to Noon
Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 10 am to Noon
310 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169

 

Mount Alvernia High School

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Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, an all girls Catholic school in the Franciscan Tradition from grades 7-12 serving more than 35 communities in the Greater Boston area.  From the moment your daughter walks onto campus, she becomes a member of our small, tight knit community. When a student graduates from Mount Alvernia, she has not simply completed a rigorous academic curriculum. She has gained the skills to tackle challenges in college and out in the world.  Our students graduate prepared to live in the world outside 790 Centre Street, filled with confidence in themselves and hope for the future. It is a remarkably rich high school experience that a Mount Alvernia diploma represents.

790 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

LINX

LINX of Wellesley, MA provides award winning, fun-based classes and camps (including school vacation camps) specializing in Dance, Theater, Sports and Early Childhood programing. Our youngest members enjoy a welcoming community of moms/caregivers and new babies for learning and socializing with other babies and toddlers. Our talented staff works hard to create a fun, inviting atmosphere! Members attend Classes, Movie Nights, Art Workshops, and more for the opportunity to build relationships with peers while having fun and learning. At LINX, we offer a flexible schedule with over 200 classes, accessible customer service, easy class switches, a flexible make-up policy, and outstanding member benefits!

141 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Fall 2016/2017

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