SCHOOLS

Bridge Elementary School

With renovations completed in 2013, the popular Bridge school is well known for its roller skating parties, beautiful new playground, and parent participation.  In addition to all of the fun activities, Bridge frequently ranks among the top schools sate-wide in terms of MCAS scores.  Located steps to the beautiful Lincoln Park and “Old Reservoir” swimming hole, Bridge is walking distance to Lexington center.  This sought-after school is a major draw for many families moving into Lexington.  From Ponybrook Lane, families easily walk on the path around the Reservoir and get to school in about 10 minutes.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Number of Students – 518
  • Principal – Margaret Colella
  • Address-55 Middleby Road
  • Phone-781-861-2510
  • Website

Students attend one of six elementary schools.  The School District Map  shows the assigned school for each street.   Most often you’ll be assigned the closest school, but you’ll find plenty of exceptions.

 

 

Jonas Clarke Middle School

Lexington has two Middle Schools for grades 6-8

Jonas Clarke was awarded a National Blue Ribbon Award for “Exemplary High Performing” category and only two Massachusetts schools received the award (including Winchester High School) in 2013.  But Clarke is right at home in the award-winning category.  It generally lands among the top three middle schools in the state in terms of MCAS score.  Principal Anna Monaco runs the school with an enthusiastic, loving and intelligent hand.   Clarke also boasts one of the nation’s top math teams.  Their team earned a place in the Top 5 team in many of the past ten years.  I have seen families move into Lexington for Clarke’s Math program.
Students are assigned to a close Team, which shares core classes together. This is one of the reasons why this large school feels small.  From Group activities to school wide fun, such as ski trips and dances to 8th Grade trips to Broadway shows, Quebec and Mexico.

QUICK FACTS:

Number of Students – 860
Principal – Anna Monaco
Address-17 Stedman Road
Phone-781-861-2450
Website

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Lexington High School

Hot off the Press! In January 2014, the Boston Globe named Lexington High School the top high school state-wide.  That is no surprise.  Lexington High is indisputably on par with the best private schools.  With nearly 2,000 students, LHS is considered a mid sized public high school.  Academically, it’s truly college prep; Harvard recently noted that LHS is its #5 feeder school; #1-4 were top private schools and/or magnet schools such as Boston Latin.  But it’s not just the academics.  Sports are popular and excellent (recent state championships in soccer and softball, with swimming, track, baseball and lacrosse also top programs.  The theater and music departments are unparalleled.  I love telling people that Lexington High theater productions are the cheapest source of top-notch entertainment around.  Once you go you’ll be convinced that more than a few students on that stage could be Broadway bound.  You’ll be right. If your child is not a top scholar or athlete, it’s not a problem.  Classes are taught at all levels and there are so many clubs and activities that every student can find his or her place.

With a minimum GPA, students are allowed off “campus” for lunch for their Junior and Senior Years.

Here is a common question I get:  “My wife and I went to Harvard and Wellesley. Our children are bright but we don’t feel they’ll do well in a large high school with a super competitive environment.”

Because of the demand, Lexington schools will unfortunately not schedule a tour or even facilitate a visit until you’ve purchased a home (or have a rental contract in hand.)  But I find that they do a lot to create a small environment.
Despite its size, Lexington embraces new students.  Students get excited to see new classmates.  If your child transfers mid-year, they’ll be assigned a “buddy.”  As a Junior, my daughter was assigned a buddy to take under her wing.  She loved showing him and his Freshman little brother the town and helping them meet new friends.  Students get assigned a homeroom teacher , which carries on throughout all four  years.  Students love this, and it’s another great way that transferees can quickly make lasting connections.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Number of Students – 1,991
  • Teacher/Student Ratio-12.8:1 (2012/2013)
  • Principal – Laura Lasa
  • Address:  251 Waltham Street
  • Main Office:  781-861-2320
  • Website

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.  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.

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, play dates, 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, 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 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:

Lexington Public Schools Website – The comprehensive site with complete details on the Lexington schools, plus many helpful, related sites.

2016 MCAS Website – Profiles MCAS scores and school rankings.