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, as well as its second president.
Runkle is proud of its vibrant community, our 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 work of Brookline’s Equity Project. Located in the Fisher Hill neighborhood between Route 9 and Beacon Street, Runkle School has a population of 515 students in grades Pre-K through 8. Runkle is host to many of the Spanish English Language Learner students in Brookline and to programs for children on the PDD/Autism Spectrum.
The Runkle School
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, Square-Dancing 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 (available for download on our website: www.runkle. org). The present Runkle School, constructed in 1962, will be undergoing a major renovation/addition, which will provide the school with increased classroom and meeting space, as well as a new Media Center, Cafeteria, Gymnasium, and performance space. For the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years we will be relocating to the Old Lincoln School on Boylston Street.
As part of a system-wide effort, Runkle students in grades 3, 5 and 7 participated in a bullying survey in May, 2011. System results, as well as the bullying prevention and intervention program currently being implemented throughout our schools, can be found in the "District Announcements" section (front page) of the Public Schools of Brookline website.