50 194 Boylston Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
Map of John D. Runkle School
Phone:  617-879-4650
Fax:  617-739-7675
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PreK - 8th
Enrollment:  Not provided
Setting:  Suburban
District:  Brookline Public Schools
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Welcome to John D. Runkle School!
The John D. Runkle School

The John D. Runkle School has a long and illustrious history in Brookline, dating back to its founding in 1897. Runkle School is named for John Daniel Runkle, who was a Chairman of the Brookline School Committee and an early advocate of Mathematics and technical education. He was also a founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as its second president.

Runkle is proud of our vibrant community, rigorous academic program, support for the arts, and a belief in teaching the “whole” child. Runkle embraces its diverse community, and we are deeply committed to the Brookline core value of educational equity. Located in the Fisher Hill neighborhood between Boylston Street and Beacon Street, Runkle School has a K-8 population of 600 students. Runkle is host to many of the Spanish English Language Learner students in Brookline and to the Reaching Independence through Structured Education (RISE) program for children on the Autism spectrum.

Several Runkle groups are committed to continual school improvement and enhancement including the PTO, School Council and the Student Council. The Runkle School PTO is a very active organization that helps build community at Runkle through our Family Picnic and annual Halloween Fair in the fall, Ice skating Night, Math and Science Night, BINGO Night in the winter, the gala International Night, and the annual Music and Arts Festival in the spring. The PTO supports school activities by supplementing teacher supplies, underwriting class field trips, providing scholarships, and raising school spirit. The Runkle School Council is actively committed to working on the school’s annual School Improvement Plan. The Runkle School Council, comprised of 12 student representatives from grades 6-8, fosters a sense of great pride in our school and aims to model Runkle values for the whole community as demonstrated by their leadership in creating “The RUNKLE Way” to reflect the values and goals we hold dear:

•Nurture Ideas
•Learn from our Mistakes
•Effort Counts

The Runkle School completed a major renovation/addition in 2012 which added a new Library, Cafeteria, Gymnasium, Multipurpose Room, and Learning Courtyard, as well as additional classroom and meeting space.