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Copper Beech Montessori School
179 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This school follows the Montessori philosophy of teaching, which allows students "maximum freedom of movement andMore choice." Founded by current director Ann Ribolini, Ph.D., in 1985, Copper Beech follows Boston Public School closings and is open all summer. It has an outdoor play area and also makes use of the parks and playgrounds in the nearby Southwest Corridor Park. The school is near the Stony Brook station on the orange line (go left out of the station and take a left on Amory).
MATCH Charter Public Middle School
86 Wachusett St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This middle school opened in September 2008 with sixth-graders and has been adding grades since then. It is theMore middle school to the MATCH Charter Public High School in Allston-Brighton.

"Our mission is success in college and beyond," says Angie Isenberg, operations manager and assistant to the dean.

The school is housed in Bethel AME Church, in what was once the parish school of the former St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church.

Students receive two hours of individual tutoring each day and school days last until 4:30 p.m. Tutors maintain close contact with parents as well.

While the school has no fields of its own, it is next door to Parkman Playground and Park, where many of its outdoor activities take place.

Public transportation is available at the Forest Hills station (Orange Line).

Catherine Gallagher Apartments
209 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Catherine Gallagher Apartments are affordable cooperative rental housing. It features 34 multi-bedroom apartmentMore units in a beautiful, modern building with well-landscaped grounds. Close to several T stops and directly across from the Hennigan School & Community Center, it's convenient for commuters and children.
Agassiz Community Center
20 Child St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This community center shares space with Agassiz Elementary School. Many of the programs are designed to coincide withMore subjects being taught at school. There was already a lot going on at the Agassiz Community Center, but as of August 2010 there will be even more. That's because with the (allegedly temporary) closing of the nearby Curtis Hall Community Center, several programs will be moved here. Curtis Hall's athletic programs, for instance, will move here. It is also adding a teen center as a result of the Curtis Hall closure. Jeannette Ayala is the friendly face of the Agassiz Community Center. "It's for JP families and the surrounding area to have a safe environment and teach skills so they can succeed in life," Ayala said. The center shares a gym and auditorium with the school. There are also two cafeterias (one quite small) that are often used for community meetings. There is a nominal membership fee that entitles one to use all of Jamaica Plain's community centers.
Hennigan Community Center
200 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

The Hennigan Community Center is one of the four locations run by Jamaica Plain Community Centers. It shares a campusMore with the Hennigan Elementary School and West Zone Early Learning Center.

The center is well known for its pool and gym. The gym hosts basketball, soccer and stickball, among other activities.

Membership in the Jamaica Plain Community Centers allows access to all four locations. However, it should be noted that the Curtis Hall Community Center closed in August 2010 for at least a year's worth of renovations. People who used the pool there can utilize the pool at the Hennigan Community Center instead.