For a significant number of people, Hopkins is a neighborhood school and a good number of adults and young people walk or bike to campus each day.
The remainder of the faculty and staff, as well as 11th and 12th grade students who complete a Parking Application and Agreement, are assigned a parking space on campus for the year.
A great many students are dropped off and picked up each day in one of our three main parking lots – Thompson Lot, Knollwood Lot, and Forest Lot. The School encourages families to create carpool systems with other families from the same town or neighborhoods. The last appendix in The Hopkins Handbook lists Families by Town and is a good resource for finding likely carpool candidates.
There are FOUR transportation systems that operate to carry our young people to Hopkins.
- The City of New Haven provides free bus transportation for residents of the city whose children attend Hopkins. The School works with First Student Bus Company to finalize pickup and dropoff locations and times during the summer months and communicates that information to our New Haven families in mid-August. First Student only provides service home ten minutes after dismissal (3:40 pm on M,T, Th and F and 1:40 pm on Wed).
- For our Fairfield County families, Hopkins facilitates a contractual relationship between those families and B and B Transportation Company. B and B was cited for its outstanding safety record in an investigative report by The Hartford Courant in March, 2010 and they have served the School and our families well for ten years. B and B operates vans that travel the Merritt Parkway – with stops at exits 38, 41, 42, 44, 46, 51 and 52 – and full sized school buses that travel I-95 – with stops at exits 19 and 22. B and B provides transportation home both at 3:40 pm (1:40 pm on Wednesdays) and again at 5:50 pm following athletic practices and other late afternoon activities. Hopkins sends a cover letter and an Enrollment Agreement to all our Fairfield County families on May 1st of each year.
- Our shoreline families residing east of New Haven have the opportunity to participate in a bus service provided by Shoreline Transportation Services (a subsidiary of First Student Bus Company). There are two morning buses – one that originates in Westbrook and stops once in Madison, and the other that originates in Guilford and stops once in Branford. In the afternoon, a single bus departs for the shoreline at 3:40 pm (1:40 pm on Wednesdays) and stops in Branford, Guilford and Madison (there is no Westbrook stop in the afternoon). The second bus home leaves campus after athletics at 5:50 pm and likewise stops only in Branford, Guilford, and Madison. Hopkins communicates with all our shoreline families in a letter posted on May 1st each year.
- Finally, the First Student Bus Company in New Haven provides a shuttle bus to and from Union Station for our students who chose to travel by train. Given the arrival times of the trains from the both east and west, the shuttle bus is scheduled to depart from Union Station at 7:55 am. That means the train shuttle crew arrives a few minutes late to assembly or adviser group. In the afternoon, the return trip to Union Station leaves campus ten minutes after dismissal and again at 5:30 pm (to make it possible for the kids to make the trains departing for points east and west around the 6 o’clock hour).
Questions about transportation should be directed to John Roberts, Assistant Head of School at (203) 397-1001 ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org