"Biking to school is a great way to start the day, because you feel good and it's fun!"
Mr. Harutunian, Principal
Oak Hill has many bike racks at the west end of the building near Brown.
Remember to ALWAYS lock your bike.
Paths to Oak Hill
Oak Hill shares a campus with Brown and Newton South and 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. There are three main crossings:
Parker St. Drivers have a green light during the pedestrian walk signal so pay attention and cross carefully. If you are on a bike, the smart way for most middle school students to cross is to dismount from their bike, push the pedestrian button at each of the crossings and wait for the walk light to cross each crossing, then use the sidewalk on the bridge. Parker St. itself has bike lanes (project here). Parker St. is busy at school arrival and dismissal.
Eliot St. footbridge. This pedestrian and right-turn only crossing is located between the Woodward/Elliot and Parker St. traffic signals. Access from the north is from Centre St. onto Woodcliff Rd, then take quieter streets to Parker St. and cross at the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon light at Truman Rd.
Woodcliff Rd. This is a dedicated foot/bike bridge over Route 9 that goes from the southwest side of the Eliot T stop and goes down a ramp onto the sidewalk on the south side of Route 9. You can take quieter streets to the Upper Falls Greenway and over to Parker.
In Summer 2020, Newton Safe Routes, Green Newton School Connections, and Bike Newton crowd-sourced bike routes to secondary schools.
Here are some suggested routes to Oak Hill in Ride with GPS from elementary schools. We recommend that you test these routes with your student and see what works best for them.
We encourage students to walk, bike or take the bus to school. If you must drive, find an area to drop off and meet up away from the school to avoid getting caught in school traffic and to make it safer for your peers. See here for the interactive map.
This also prioritizes access for those students who do need to be driven closer to the front door. Some suggestions are highlighted; work with your student to find a location that works for your family.
Oak Hill Middle School is served by both yellow school buses and the MBTA 52 bus, which continues to be suspended.
Yellow School Bus. Visit the NPS School Transportation webpage for more information.
MBTA. The 52 bus stops in front of Oak Hill. Check here 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. The card is available at the main office at Oak Hill.