Commuting to School: Carpooling, Transit information, & Student Drop-Off Zones

COMMUTING TO SCHOOL

The fewer cars, the better!

Saint Mary’s strongly encourages all students to take public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk to school. Saint Mary’s has bike racks located in the front and back of the school to secure student bicycles.  Carpooling is also strongly encouraged.

Click here for Saint Mary’s Carpool site.

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The fewer cars, the better!

Saint Mary’s strongly encourages all students to take public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk to school. Saint Mary’s has bike racks located in the front and back of the school to secure student bicycles.  Carpooling is also strongly encouraged. Carpool information will be available for families at Freshman Parent Information Night and Back to School Night.

Take BART to Saint Mary’s: The North Berkeley BART Station is just four blocks from Saint Mary’s College High School. Click on the link below for information regarding the “Youth Clipper Card” which offers discounts for youth using BART. The orange paper BART tickets for students are no longer available.

Click here for the application for the Youth Clipper Card

Take AC Transit

The #688 and #25 stop two blocks from the entrance of the school. The #688 bus will begin service Monday, August 25. You may also click here to view a detailed #688 operating schedule. Click here to find the bus routes from your home to Saint Mary’s College High School. When entering the school’s address in the destination field, you can use: 1294 Albina Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

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Student Parking Permit Application

If you are a student applying for a parking permit, please make sure you read the following:

I am applying for a student-parking permit and agree to the following:

♦ I will drive safely and slowly at all times.

♦ I will keep my music down to a low level so that it can not be heard outside my car.

♦ I will only park in the designated areas and never park in front of any residences or businesses.

I will not drive on Hopkins Court before school, at lunch, or after-school.

♦ I will display my permit at all times and will not give or sell my pass to anyone.

♦ My passengers and I agree to behave in a manner that reflects positively on Saint Mary’s.

♦ I have a valid California driver’s license and will adhere to all vehicle laws.

♦ Students who have applied for and have received a parking permit based on the premise of having a carpool may lose their permits if they are found not to be carpooling or driving the designated number of students.

♦ Parking permits are non-transferrable.

♦ Parking privileges can be revoked at any time due to rule violations or poor school behavioral conduct.

♦  Please download the 2016-2017 Student Parking Permit Application which is also posted at the end of this section. If you are having difficulty downloading the application, you can pick one up from Elizabeth Haro, Principal’s Assistant during the hours of 10:00 to 3:00 PM in Saint Joseph’s Hall. This application must be completed and submitted to Mr. Connor Banks.

♦  Do not include any money. Parking fees will be collected when permits are awarded. Students will receive an email in mid-August informing you of your parking application status.

♦  Permits will be granted first to those who carpool the greatest number of students. Non-carpool students are at risk of not receiving a permit and may only receive a permit after all carpool applications have been processed.

Click here to download the Student Parking Permit Application

Click here to view the restricted parking zones for students

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Required Student Drop-Off Zones

One of the attractive features of Saint Mary’s College High School is its location in a clean, safe, and pleasant residential neighborhood. Saint Mary’s wants to maintain a beautiful neighborhood environment we all can enjoy.

Saint Mary’s strongly encourages using public transportation, forming carpools, bicycling, and walking to and from school. If you have to drive your child to school, please make sure to read and follow the rules for Saint Mary’s Drop-off Zones.

Freshman Drop-off on Monterey Avenue

Saint Mary’s requires that freshman parents who drive their child to school use the designated drop-off area on Monterey Avenue. The purpose of the freshman drop-off area is to disperse the amount of vehicles arriving to campus in the morning. This will alleviate traffic congestion at the Albina and Posen entrances.

1. Parents must pull off of the street into either the drop-off zone in front of the Monterey Avenue gate entrance or into the bus stop.

2. Students who are dropped off in the drop-off zone should be careful but move quickly when exiting the car to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

3. Please be sure to keep your music off.

4. U-Turns are not allowed on Monterey Avenue.

5. Please do not double park at or near any pick-up or drop-off zone.

Click here to view the drop-off zone for freshmen

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Drop-off on Posen Street

Parents and students may not enter the Posen Street parking lot for morning drop-off or during the first 20 minutes of school. Parents who drop students off on Posen Street must pull forward, into the drop-off zone.

1. Students who are dropped off in the drop-off zone should use care and swiftness when exiting the car to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

2. No U-turns are allowed near the drop-off zone.

3. Please be sure to keep your music off.

4. Please do not double park at or near any pick-up or drop-off zone.