Neighbors & Visitors

Visitors find the Eliot School in a verdant neighborhood full of beautiful 19th and 20th century homes, close to Centre Street with its excellent restaurants and stores. We are grateful to receive support from many local businesses, and we encourage you to patronize their establishments.

Neighbors appreciate our classic schoolhouse, historical legacy and comfortable yard, used for picnics, informal conversations and a convenient pass-through from Eliot to Holbrook Street. The Regan League opens each year’s softball season with a parade from our yard, and practises T-ball here in the spring. We are proud sponsors of a Regan League team.

Eliot School building

Our schoolhouse forms part of historic Monument Square. Across Eliot Street, the Footlight Club, the nation’s oldest community theater, founded in 1877, still produces plays and hosts theater classes for children. At the end of Eliot Street stands First Church Unitarian Universalist, whose stone building was erected in 1853. The Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1871, commemorates local soldiers who died in the Civil War. Across from that is Loring-Greenough House, constructed in 1760 and still open for house tours. Jamaica Plain Historical Society gives Monument Square tours every year.

Galleries add to our vibrant arts district. Visit UForge Gallery, Aviary Gallery, Hallway Gallery and Room 68, all within a few blocks of the Eliot School. First Thursdays, organized by Centre/South Main Streets, brings music and art to businesses along Centre Street the first Thursday evening of each month.

Walks nearby include Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum.

For parents who have a child in a class here and other young children to take care of at the same time, you are welcome to play in our yard. Brewer Street Tot Lot is half a block away. Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum are wonderful natural areas. Jamaica Plain Branch Library is just a few blocks away, with a well stocked, friendly children’s room. City Feed & Supply, Fiore's Bakery and other local eateries are comfortable places for quick snacks with (or without) kids.

Neighbors play an important role in maintaining our grounds and supporting the Eliot School. You can help. Keep trash off the grass, keep our gates open, donate to our annual appeal, and let us know if anything seems amiss.

Dog owners, please treat the yard responsibly. Please keep your dog on the leash, leave our gates open and take all waste away with you when you leave.