Runkle

School

About Our 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, 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. This program is called Reaching for Independence Through Structured Education (RISE).

    In the RISE Program, a team approach to service delivery is utilized for students participating. Students receive academic instruction, social skills training, behavioral intervention and related services. Services are provided in range of settings from substantially separate to full inclusion in a general education classroom. A primary focus for all RISE students is to increase independence with a variety of skills including self-help, social skills, behavior management, academics, communication, and executive functioning.

    The Runkle School Council is actively committed to working on the school's annual School Improvement Plan.

    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. 

  • School Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00-2:30

    Wednesday: 8:00-12:00

     

Main Office

  • Main Office (617) 879-4650

     

    Donna Finnegan, Principal

    617-879-4684

    donna_finnegan@psbma.org

     

    Elizabeth Castellana, Vice Principal

    617-879-4683

    elizabeth_castellana@psbma.org

     

    Tracey Legendre, Secretary

    617-879-4680

    tracey_legendre@psbma.org

     

    Linda Delvecchio, Building Aide

    617-879-4681

    linda_delvecchio@psbma.org

     

    Janet Campbell, Nurse

    617-879-4682

    janet_campbell@psbma.org

     

    Pool Testing

    PreK-8th grade students who attend school in person, have the opportunity to participate in weekly pool testing. 

    Guardian sign-up and consent link: https://forms.gle/ZupK8z5odD5gMov5A

    You only need to sign up once to participate. If you don't opt in this week, you'll still be able to sign up for the following week. We have allocated extra staffing resources for this testing. We ask that those who sign up their student(s) make every effort to have them present at school on their day of testing, as well as making them aware that they have been signed up to be tested. 

    If you still have questions about student pool testing, please reach out to our nurse, Janet Campbell 617-879-4682.

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