Jackson Walnut Park’s historic Newton campus, conveniently located on Washington Street near Newton Corner, provides students the freedom to explore, imagine, and discover. Carefully prepared and beautifully maintained classrooms, an enlarged Natural Playground that inspires creativity and collaborative learning, a recognized STEAM program with a STEAM lab, and a new Student Center energize an array of opportunities that support student learning and growth.
The new Student Center was blessed in fall 2018. The beautiful facility hosts a full court gym that also serves as a multi-purpose activity and wellness facility, an expansive stage, an on-site culinary area and classroom, and newly designed outdoor instructional spaces. The Student Center enhances opportunities for physical education classes, After-School Activities and the Kids’ Corner program, and summer camp activities. It is a space where the JWP community comes together for all-school events, assemblies, and basketball games. The performance venue gives life to theatrical, musical, and educational presentations.
The Student Center is a dynamic and motivating learning space for all JWP students to develop new skills, expand creativity, and succeed in the challenging academic environment that is the hallmark of a Jackson Walnut Park education.
Students & Families
Jackson Walnut Park enrolls a diverse student body of 300 students (toddlers through Grade 6) who call 20 different local communities home. Their families come from many ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and speak more than 15 languages at home. Jackson Elementary and Walnut Park Montessori are co-educational school communities. All parents are members of the Jackson Walnut Park Parent School Association (PSA). The PSA strengthens the partnership between the Schools and parents by supporting the Schools’ mission, programs, and activities.
Accreditations & Affiliations
Jackson School is fully accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Walnut Park Montessori receives its accreditation from the American Montessori Society.
Jackson Walnut Park belongs to the Association of Independent Schools of New England(AISNE), the National Catholic Education Association(NCEA), and the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Tuition & Financial Aid
2020-2021 Tuition Rates:
Kindergarten to Grade 6| $16,525 per year | 7:45 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Walnut Park Montessori
Primary Full Day| $16,525 per year | 4 – 6 years old | 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Primary Half Day | $14,125 per year | 3 years old | 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Toddler 5-Day | $18,575 per year | 18 months – 3 years old | 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Toddler 3-Day | $15,950 per year | 18 months – 3 years old | Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday | 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Toddler 2-Day | $12,400 per year | 18 months – 3 years old | Thursday and Friday | 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Early Care: 7:15 – 7:45 a.m.
Drop off: 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
School Day: 8:00 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Seasonal After-School Activities: 2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
Homework Club: Monday – Thursday: 2:50 – 5:50 p.m.
Kids’ Corner After-School care: 2:50 – 6:00 p.m.
Walnut Park Montessori
Drop off: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
School Day: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. depending on program (see below)
Seasonal After-School Activities: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Kids’ Corner After-School care: Session I: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Session II: 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Children ages 18 months old – three years old are eligible for the Toddler program. There are three program options to choose from:
5 day | Monday – Friday | 8:00 – 11:30am
3 Day | Monday – Wednesday | 8:00 – 11:30am
2 Day | Thursday & Friday | 8:00 – 11:30am
All Primary Classrooms are multi-age classrooms with a balance of children ranging from three to six years old.
Primary Half Day Session | Monday – Friday | 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Available to children three years old only. Children must be three years old by September 1.
Primary Full Day Session | Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Available for children who are four and five years old by September 1.
The culminating year of the Montessori Early Childhood curriculum cycle fulfills the Kindergarten year for students who are five by September 1st of that year. Children who complete their Kindergarten year are fully prepared to enter 1st grade. In Massachusetts, children must be six years old by September 1st for entrance into First Grade.
Walnut Park Montessori children progress on to Grade 1 in Jackson School after completing a Montessori Early Childhood cycle in a primary multi-age classroom.
Jackson School Grade 6 graduates succeed at some of the most highly regarded independent middle and secondary schools in the Greater Boston area. Schools include:
Beaver Country Day, Belmont Hill School, Boston College High School, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, British International School, Brimmer, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Catholic Memorial, Dana Hall, Dexter Southfield, Lexington Christian Academy, Meridian Academy, Milton Academy, Montrose, Mount Alvernia High School, Newman School, Newton Country Day School, Noble and Greenough, Rivers School, Roxbury Latin, St. Sebastian’s, Thayer Academy, Ursuline Academy, Winsor School, and Xaverian Brothers High School.