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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.

MONTVALE
AVERAGE

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.

Globe reporter Stephanie Ebbert talks about the lacking sense of community on Montvale Street.
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Downtown
South End
Roxbury
Brookline
Newton
West Roxbury
Hyde Park
Mattapan
1 mile
2 miles
3 miles
4 miles

SOURCES: Interviews with the families, Boston public schools.

Stephanie Ebbert and Monica Ulmanu/GLOBE STAFF

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