LEXINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Chances are that you are drawn to Lexington for its fabulous town center, abundant recreation, and history.  You may also like the idea of having your children attend some of the best public schools in the country.  Here are my thoughts on some basic questions asked by many moving into the area –

How do Lexington students get to school?

  • The great majority of K-8 students ride the school bus each day. School buses pick up Kindergartners up at their front door.  After that, children walk to a stop close to their homes.  The bus is $300 per year ($750 family cap) unless you live more than 2 miles from school, in which case it’s free.

Fewer high school students ride the bus.  It’s more popular to car pool, bike, walk, take the T (public bus) or the local LEXpress bus http://www.lexingtonma.gov/humanservices/lexpress.cfm.  Parking spots right at the high school are available to seniors and juniors on a lottery basis, but there is also plenty of parking along Worthen Road for all.

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What time does school start and end?

Elementary (K-5) –   8:45am – 3:15pm
Middle (6-8) – 8:00am – 2:50pm
High School (9-12) – 7:45am – 2:25pm

What are Half-Day Thursdays?

Every Thursday is a half-day for the elementary schools.    This offers the perfect time to schedule doctor and orthodontist appointments, playdates, swimming and skating lessons.  There are many after school programs available if this schedule is inconvenient.

Here are some of my clients’ frequently asked questions –

Which are the best Lexington schools and which should I avoid?

All and none!  Lexington is blessed with cream-of-the-crop schools.  Every one of the elementary schools has been included at one time or another in media write-ups about the state’s top schools, MCAS scores, academic awards locally, nationally and internationally.
Pick any parent in town and you’ll most likely hear that their school is the best.  When you are dealing with Lexington’s elementary schools, you simply can’t go wrong.  Below I share brief school profiles with a glimpse of some of the special and unique things about each Lexington school.

If you’d like to contact current parents at any particular school, just let me know.  I sell homes in each school district and am happy to introduce you to a current parent or two for an insider’s  perspective.

Do the Lexington elementary schools offer before and after school programs?

The earliest drop-off time at the elementary schools is 8:15am.  Lexington offers the popular after school LEXtended Day program http://www.lextendedday.org, which caters to dual income families.  The program is offered at all schools, though participating Bridge students are driven after school to the program at the nearby Hastings school, with pick up at Hastings.

The Josiah Willard Hayden Centre http://www.jwhayden.org offers a well-attended after school recreation program as an alternative.  Hayden picks up students at every school for their own program and brings them to a variety of carefully supervised activities from open gym to cooking, baking, and athletic programs like gymnastics and swimming.

What are Lexington elementary schools’ student:teacher ratios?

All six schools fall in an officially reported range from 11:1 – 13:1. This ratio counts teacher aides as well as teachers; your child will not be in an 11 person classroom.  You are likely to find 20-24 students per class; the schools try very hard to avoid class sizes over 22.

Recommended Websites

http://lps.lexingtonma.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1  – The comprehensive site with complete details on the Lexington schools, plus many helpful, related sites.
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx  –  Profiles MCAS scores and school rankings.