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The Eliot School is located in the center of Jamaica Plain near the Soldiers Monument, between the Jamaicaway and the intersection of South Street and Centre Street.
The neighborhood, known as Monument Square, contains many fine homes and points of historical interest. Jamaica Pond, a popular walking destination, is at one end of Eliot Street. At the other end, shops, galleries and restaurants line Centre Street and make this a nice place to eat or shop before or after class.
Stopping for a cup of coffee, a snack, lunch or dinner? Consider patronizing our local business sponsors. Let them know you appreciate their generous support of the Eliot School.
Take the Orange Line to Green Street or Forest Hills. The walk to the Eliot School, about ½ mile from either station, takes about 10 minutes. From Forest Hills, you may take the 39 or 48 bus, a brief ride, to the Soldiers Monument. For walking after dark, we prefer Green Street station.
The stop at the Soldiers Monument, where Eliot, South and Centre Streets meet, serves busses # 38 (Wren St-Forest Hills), 39 (Copley Square-Forest Hills), 41 (JFK-Dudley-Jackson-Centre St) and 48 (JP Loop). MBTA travel page has details.
Hubway has a station in front of Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, two blocks from the Eliot School. You may also lock your bike to our wrought iron gate.
Download a free carpool.life app to arrange to share a car or cab to class. It’s a great way to interact with others and reduce traffic and pollution. The Eliot School is part of the app’s “Jamaica Plain” community.
Free on-street parking is usually available around the school. Check for street cleaning signs (active April through October) to avoid tickets before 6pm. A free lighted parking lot can be found one block away off Centre and Burroughs Streets, behind Blanchards Liquors. If you are transporting heavy furniture, pull up to our front door, unload your furniture, then go park nearby. You may not leave your car in our walkway. In periods of heavy snow build-up, it can be challenging to find a parking spot. Please leave yourself extra time for parking.
Eliot Street runs one-way from the Jamaicaway toward Centre Street.
From the west: Take Rte 9 East all the way through Brookline. Just after the Brookline Fire Station on the right, turn right onto the Jamaicaway, following the sign for Rte 1. (If you meet the trolley tracks at Huntington Ave, you’ve gone just a little too far on Rte 9.) As you pass Jamaica Pond on your right, crossing the light at Pond Street, get in the left lane. Eliot Street is on your left, but because you cannot turn left across the busy Jamaicaway you will need to backtrack. Just after the Pond ends, you must double back, turning left via a small rotary. This will lead you back the way you came. Turn right at the second light onto Eliot Street. The Eliot School is ¾ of the way down the block on the right.
From the north/95 South: Take Exit 20 onto Rte 9 East. Then follow the directions above.
From the north/93 South: Take Exit 18 and continue straight across Massachusetts Ave onto Melnea Cass Blvd. After just under 1 mile, turn left at a light onto Tremont St; this turns immediately into Columbus Ave, passing Roxbury Community College on your left. After 1 mile, turn right at a light onto Centre St. Now you will wind a little through Jamaica Plain: Take the first left onto Lamartine. At the end of Lamartine, turn right onto Green. At the first light, turn left onto Centre St and continue through the central business district of Jamaica Plain for a few blocks (passing the Post Office and JP Licks on the right, the fire station on the left). At the Soldiers Monument, fork right as Centre St diverges from South St. Then take the first right onto Holbrook St, the first right onto Dane St, and the first right onto Eliot Street. The Eliot School is very close, on the right. You may wish to park on Holbrook St. and walk through our yard to the front of the school.
From Cambridge/Somerville: Cross the Charles River via the BU Bridge. Exit the bridge by crossing straight across Commonwealth Avenue onto Park Drive, which swings briefly left then right before meeting Beacon St. Cross Beacon St, staying in the right lane. Veer right onto the Riverway; this becomes the Jamaicaway. As you pass Jamaica Pond on your right, crossing the light at Pond Street, get in the left lane. Eliot Street is on your left, but because you cannot turn left across the busy Jamaicaway you will need to backtrack. Just after the Pond ends, you must double back, turning left via a small rotary. This will lead you back the way you came. Turn right at the second light onto Eliot Street. The Eliot School is ¾ of the way down the block on the right.
From VFW Parkway: Take VFW Parkway North/East to the end. Turn left onto Centre Street, passing Faulkner Hospital on the left and the Arnold Arboretum on the right. At the rotary, go ¾ of the way around, exiting onto the Jamaicaway heading north. Turn right at the second light onto Eliot Street. The Eliot School is ¾ of the way down the block on the right.
From the south/93N: From 93 North, take Exit 11 and continue on Granite Avenue to the light (MacDonalds on right, Eire Pub straight ahead). There, turn left onto Gallivan Blvd/Rte 203. Where you see Norfolk Hardware on the left, Gallivan Blvd merges with Morton St. Continue on Morton St/Rte 203 across Blue Hill Ave, past Forest Hills Cemetery on the left, through a rotary and then through a construction area, where a bridge was recently removed and traffic re-routed (with Forest Hills clock tower on your left). At the second rotary, continue straight ahead onto the Jamaicaway, heading north. Turn right at the second light onto Eliot Street. The Eliot School is ¾ of the way down the block on the right.
For those coming into Jamaica Plain from the south (Mattapan, Dorchester, Milton) along Morton Street/Rte 203 onto the Arborway, please be aware of a 2-year major construction project replacing an overpass that used to run above the Forest Hills T station. During construction, a series of temporary surface roads will be available. Please give yourself extra time to navigate this construction zone or to find alternate routes. Construction updates can be found here.
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