A neighborhood scatters for school
There was a time on Montvale Street when all the children walked to the nearby Wolfgang Mozart Elementary School. But because of the city's school assignment system, the 19 children on Montvale will travel a combined 182 miles each day to attend a dizzying array 15 of public, private, and charter schools. It costs the city dearly in transportation costs, and costs the neighborhood its sense of community. Related story
COMMUTE TIME (IN HOURS)
The daily morning commute for the 19 school-age children living on Montvale Street adds up to a total of 7 hours and 40 minutes.
NOTE: Parents provided all information on school assignments; one student is still on a waiting list for the school listed. All routes and travel times were provided by parents except three that could not be confirmed and reflect estimates.
SOURCES: Interviews with the families, Boston public schools.
Stephanie Ebbert and Monica Ulmanu/GLOBE STAFF