Close to Everything
Boston is our campus, and its amenities are unsurpassed. Within close walking distance are Copley Square, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the French Cultural Center. It’s easy to get to the Museum of Fine Arts and State House. Students can often be found just across the street on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, meeting with faculty advisors or taking a break between classes, or one street over grabbing cupcakes or coffee on Newbury Street.
As our students pass through Boston, they help shape the city. In return the city shapes school life and helps our students develop the initiative and ingenuity of city people. Students connect with Boston's world-class scholars, artists, non-profit agencies, and businesses during our annual Project Week and Senior Projects. Athletes practice and play at fields and facilities across the city. And all ninth-graders take a ten-week City of Boston course to familiarize themselves with the town and its history.
The appeal of Commonwealth for me was the fact that it's just so central. It opens a lot of doors just being in the city, and the access that the school gives you, and the trust that the school gives you to take care of yourself and to follow your own direction was really amazing.” Alec Mathur '20
A Home in the Heart of the City
Our main building, a historic brownstone and architectural gem in Boston’s Back Bay, is full of unique spaces and surprises: classrooms overlooking the Commonwealth mall, quiet nooks perfect for studying, modern laboratories, student and alumni/ae art adorning every wall, and, of course, our “Cafegymnatorium.”
We invite you to tour our building virtually, and if you do, we challenge you to look closer: see if you can spot a stained glass window with a man’s face on it, pomegranates on a ceiling, nine skylights, thirteen fireplaces, a mural, and a pool cue on a stair railing...
Where Our Students Come From
Students can easily get to Commonwealth from all over—and outside—the city. The T, commuter rail, and buses make it easy for everyone to get here independently. Some walk or ride their bikes; others master train schedules and T transfers. The autonomy instils confidence and a sense of independence that’s worth the trip.
Our students commute from more than forty cities and towns, including: