Brown Middle School

The City of Newton and Newton Public Schools are working this summer to improve the safety of walking and biking to school in light of COVID. Keep visiting this page, which will be updated as these improvements are implemented.

Are you interested in learning more about helping your student get to school on foot or by bike in the fall? Please fill out this form: Walking & Biking to School Form

Bike Routes

This summer Newton Safe Routes, Green Newton School Connections, and Bike Newton crowd-sourced bike routes to secondary schools.

Here are some suggested routes to Brown in Ride with GPS from elementary schools. We recommend that you test these routes with your student and see what works best for them.

Once there is more certainty and details on school for the fall, we hope to organize Bike Trains from these locations so students will ride together in groups to school. Fill out this form if you are interested.

Bike Parking

Brown has new bike racks at the base of the entrance hill on the west side of the building, and older bike racks at the top of the hill closer to the entrance.

Remember to ALWAYS lock your bike.

Paths to Brown

Brown shares a campus with Oak Hill and Newton South. There are paved connecting paths through the campus, and on Parker Terrace from the west and Littlefield Road from the east. You can see these routes on Open Street Maps. These off-street routes move students out of the way of vehicles.

Crossing Route 9

Many Oak Hill students live north of Route 9. Our bike routes use three main crossings. All of them take students briefly onto Brandeis and then onto the bike/footpath on the west side of the playing fields:

  • Parker St. Obey traffic signals and watch for vehicles. The safest way to cross is to dismount from a bike, push the pedestrian button, and wait for the pedestrian light to cross each approach.

  • Eliot St. footbridge. This is a dedicated foot/bike bridge over Route 9 that exits the SW side of the Eliot T stop and exits onto the sidewalk on the south side of Route 9. You can take quieter streets to the Upper Falls Greenway.

  • Woodcliff Rd. This pedestrian and right-turn only crossing is located between the Wooward and Parker crossings. North access is from Centre St. onto Woodcliff Rd, then take quieter streets to Parker and cross at the HAWK light at Truman Rd.

Remote Drop-Off/Pick-Up

We encourage students to walk, bike or take the bus to school. If you must drive, please find an area to drop off and pick up away from the school to avoid getting caught in school traffic and to make it safer for everyone. This also prioritizes access for those students who do need to be driven.

Some suggestions are highlighted; work with your student to find a location that works for your family.


Brown Middle School is served by both yellow school buses and the MBTA 52 bus.

Yellow School Bus. Check out bus routes and schedule for Brown and an interactive map of NPS bus stops by school. Visit the NPS School Transportation webpage for more information.

METCO students will find their bus stops and additional information here.

MBTA. Note that the 52 bus services is currently suspended. The MBTA plans to resume the 52 bus in September at peak hours with limited service. The stops are along Parker. Check here in late August for the schedule.

Student Charlie Card. Students can also pick up a (free) student Charlie Card that allows them to ride the MBTA at a reduced rate. Normally the card is available at your student's House Office and the NPS Transportation Office at the Ed Center. Details of how they will be distributed will be forthcoming.