Everything You Want to Know About Living in Walpole, MA

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Thinking of moving to Walpole, MA?  Here is an overview of schools, things to do, commuting and more.  There is a lot to like about this town, which lies about 25 miles southwest of Boston.  For more links and information, see my Pinterest Board, “Walpole, MA.”

Population (2010): 24,070
Named after Sir Robert Walpole, the first prime minister of Great Britain
County: Norfolk
Settled: 1659
21 square miles
Zip codes: 02032, 02071, and 02081

Education (statistics per Mass Dept. of Education and Walpole High School)

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Public Schools:

4 elementary schools (Boyden, Old Post Road, Fisher & Elm)
2 Middle Schools (Bird and Eleanor Johnson)
1 High School (Walpole High)
1 Vocational School (Norfolk County Agricultural High School)
Walpole also offers a preschool, the Daniel Feeney Preschool
     Center, which services children with special needs, integrated with
typically developing children (in 2015 45.8% of the students had
special needs and 4.2% were English language learners).

Student Population by School: Boyden ~ 398; Elm ~ 435; Fisher ~ 443;
Old Post Rd ~ 458; Bird ~ 498; Johnson ~ 430; Walpole High ~ 1172

Student: Teacher Ratio: Boyden ~ 14:1; Elm ~ 14.5:1; Fisher ~ 12.2:1;
Old Post Rd ~ 14.1:1; Bird ~ 13.3:1; Johnson ~ 13.9:1; Walpole High ~ 14.6:1

MCAS Results 2015 (percent of students scoring proficient or above)
Boyden: ELA 72%; Math 71%; Science 70%
Elm: ELA 79%; Math 71%; Science 68%
Fisher: ELA 83%; Math 84%; Science 82%
Old Post Rd: ELA 81%; Math 83%; Science 89%
Bird: ELA 85%; Math 61%; Science 58%
Johnson: ELA 86%; Math 74%; Science 62%
Walpole High: ELA 99%; Math 84%; Science 91%

Class of 2016 combined SAT: 1587 (Reading 527, Math 537, Writing 523)

88.7% of students in the class of 2016 went onto post high school education

Private Schools:
Next Generation Children’s Center. Daycare and preschool options.
Blessed Sacrament School. Preschool through grade 8 Catholic education.
League School of Greater Boston. Provides education for students with autism
Many additional private schools in the area

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Things to Do:

Playgrounds: Memorial and Francis William Bird Park

2 Pools: Center Pool & Splash Pad & South Pool (outdoor, summer only)

Walking/Hiking: William Francis Bird Park (Trustees of Reservations property…includes a playground and basketball courts); Adams Farm (hiking trails and community garden); Walpole Town Forest (hiking trail with vernal pool), Bay Circuit Trail (200 mile long trail that passes through Walpole).

Ice Skating: Norfolk Ice Arena in nearby Norfolk (lessons and public skate)

Farmer’s Market: Open Friday afternoons in the summer

Walpole Footlighters: Community theatre

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Walpole Parks and Recreation ~ offers classes for youth, teens and adults

Walpole Public Library (part of the Old Colony Library Network) ~ story times and book clubs

Community Sponsored Events (Kids Night In at Blackburn Hall, Christmas Tree Lighting)

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Commuter Rail Station into South Station ~ Walpole (275 West St) ~ Franklin Line; 343 parking spaces

There is also a very small station at Plimptonville (185 Plimptonville St)…no parking, only one inbound and one outbound stop a day.

Access to Rte. 95 via Coney St ramp

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Junior Women’s Club of Walpole ~ a volunteer organization that meets monthly. See thejwcw.org

Walpole Historical Societya repository for documents pertaining to the history of the town of Walpole.

Want to know more about finding a home in Walpole?  Contact me via email at Lvandore@LandmarkNE.com or via Facebook.   Interested in real estate and the local real estate market?  Click HERE to sign up for my monthly real estate newsletter, a round-up of relevant real estate news and current local market analysis.  Unsubscribe at any time, and rest assured that I will never share your email information.

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About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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