Bus Service

Thayer Academy Bus Service Schedule, Standards, and Policies 

Thayer Academy has once again partnered with Joseph Ingle Bus Service for the upcoming school year. In offering this service, Thayer seeks to provide safe, convenient, clean, and efficient bus service for its students. Outlined below are Thayer’s standards for bus service as well as policies and procedures relating to the service.

The cost for the 2019-20 school year (round-trip, all year) is $2,700. We also offer one-way morning or afternoon (dependent on ridership) options at $1,950 each way. For occasional riders we offer one-way passes at $20 each way or books of 10 passes at $170. These can be picked up in either the Middle School Front Office or with Mr. Murphy in the Student Commons (note: if a student rides without a pass the one-way fee is $25).

Campus Drop-off, Pickup, and After School Departure

Drop-off/Pickup On Campus: Unless otherwise notified, the drop-off and pickup area for students on the Bus will be on Hobart Avenue, across from the Middle School.

After School Departure Protocol: Students are strongly encouraged to be ready to board their bus 5 MINUTES prior to the scheduled departure time. For the convenience of parents on the other end of the line, it is Thayer’s intent for the buses to leave promptly at the scheduled departure time. However, due to extracurricular scheduling delays, it may be necessary to delay departure periodically. In most cases, buses will attempt to depart Thayer within 10-15 minutes of scheduled departure time.  

Urgent Communication

Due to inclement weather or mechanical issues, there may be rare delays in the morning or afternoon pickup schedule. Please note that bus drivers may not communicate directly with parents and students via cell phone. In the event that you need to find out the status of a bus (i.e. if it appears to be more than 5 minutes late), CALL Joseph Ingle Bus Service directly at 781-982-9193. A dispatcher will be able to communicate with the bus safely via two-way radio regarding its status. If you miss the bus or have other urgent transportation issues you may also call Lee Smith at Thayer Academy, 781-664-2514.

There may also be times when the school finds out about delays/issues in advance. In that case, a Thayer Academy administrator will communicate via the automated phone system.

Students should stay together at the bus stop in the event of a delay.  Students will not be penalized for being late to school due to weather related or mechanical delays related to the bus.

Expectations for Students

All Thayer students have a special responsibility to behave appropriately on buses affiliated with our school. Each rider has an obligation to ensure that the trip, no matter how short, is a safe one.

We urge each student and his or her parent to read, discuss, and support the rules set forth below:

  1. The bus driver is in charge. The driver’s instructions and rules are to be followed at all times
  2. Students are to enter and exit the bus in an orderly manner
  3. Students are to remain seated at all times on the bus
  4. Students are to clean-up after themselves and to leave the bus neat
  5. Fighting, hitting, throwing objects, profanity, leaning out of windows and gesturing at others outside the bus is prohibited
  6. Any knives or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited

Riding the bus is a privilege; it is not an automatic right.  Any student who disobeys bus rules will be subject to disciplinary action from the school to include losing the privilege of riding the bus.

Bus Safety & Reliability

Vans/ buses used for the routes must pass all safety inspections as required by law. Thayer will require that Joseph Ingle Bus Service complete all required preventative maintenance.

In addition, ALL bus drivers making these runs shall have the appropriate background checks and licensing as required by law for school bus drivers in Massachusetts.

Standards for Buses

Together with our transportation providers, Thayer strives to maintain clean, appropriately heated, well-maintained, and safe buses on its routes.  Please contact Lee Smith at or at 781.664.2514 if you have any questions about the conduct of the bus driver, cleanliness, or maintenance of the bus.

Thayer Academy Bus Schedule

Thayer offers 5 bus routes reaching parts of the Metrowest, South Shore, and Boston. All bus stops are detailed on the schedule shown below.

Note: Students must be waiting at their bus stops before the scheduled departure times. Some of the stops are on heavily-traveled roads where the drivers cannot wait for late students. Drivers have been instructed not to wait beyond the times listed here, in order to arrive at school on time.

Stops are subject to change based upon ridership. 

Route #1: Wellesley - Needham - Westwood - Norwood - Canton



Greens Hardware & Paint (Wellesley) 6:25 a.m. 5:12 p.m.
St. Bartholomew Parish Rectory (Needham) 6:40 a.m. 4:57 p.m.
St. Margaret Mary Church (Westwood) 6:50 a.m. 4:47 p.m.
Nahantan/Fulton (Norwood) 6:56 a.m. 4:42 p.m.
Cobbs Corner (Canton, in front of Rocky's Ace Hardware) 7:09 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Westchester Dr. / Randolph St. (Canton) (Morning Only) 7:25 a.m.  
Westchester Dr. / Stratford Rd. (Canton) (Afternoon Only)   4:15 p.m.

Route #2: Pembroke - Duxbury - Scituate - Hanover



Exit 12 - Rte 139 - Stop & Shop (Pembroke)

6:20 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

Duxbury Town Hall

6:35 a.m. 4:35 p.m.

Knights of Columbus

(Scituate) (Morning Only)
6:55 a.m. See Rte #3
Savers Thrift Store (Hanover) (Morning Only) 7:15 a.m.  

Rockland Federal Credit Union 

(In Hanover Mall parking lot) (Afternoon Only)
  4:15 p.m.


Route #3: Scituate - Cohasset - Hingham

Bus Stop Morning Pickup Afternoon Dropoff
Knights of Columbus Parking Lot (Scituate) (Afternoon Only) See Rte #2 4:55 p.m.
Cushing Plaza (Cohasset) 7:01 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
Leavitt St. / Main St. (Hingham) (Morning Only) 7:11 a.m.  
Hingham Library (Afternoon Only)   4:33 p.m.
Hobart St. / Cross St. (Hingham) 7:15 a.m. 4:28 p.m.
South Elementary School (Hingham) (Afternoon Only)   4:23 p.m.

Route #4: Boston - Dorchester - Mattapan - Jamaica Plain - Milton

Bus Stop Morning Pickup Afternoon Dropoff
Cleary Square (Hyde Park) 6:25 a.m. 5:52 p.m.
Morton St. / Blue Hill Ave. (Dorchester) By the red awning (Morning Only) 6:40 a.m.  
Forest Hills MBTA Station (Afternoon Only)   5:40 p.m.
Everett School (Uphams Corner) 6:55 a.m. 5:03 p.m.
Ashmont MBTA Station (Afternoon Only)   4:40 p.m.
Glover School (Milton) (Morning Only) 7:15 a.m.  
Elliot St. / Capen St. Shields Park (Milton) 7:20 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Milton Town Hall (Afternoon Only)   4:23 p.m.
St. Agatha's Church (Milton) 7:30 a.m. 4:15 p.m.

Route #5: Boston - Beacon Hill - Back Bay - South End - South Boston

Bus Stop Morning Pickup Afternoon Dropoff
Mt. Vernon & Charles St. (Beacon Hill) 6:50 a.m. 4:40 p.m.
84 Beacon Street 6:55 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
Marlborough St. & Clarendon St. (Back Bay) 7:00 a.m. 4:50 p.m.
Appleton St. & Clarendon St. (South End) 7:10 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Dorchester Ave. & W. Broadway (South Boston) 7:20 a.m. 5:10 p.m.
South Boston Neighborhood House (South Boston)  7:25 a.m. 5:15 p.m.

MBTA (the T)

MBTA (the T)

Thayer Academy is just a 5-minute walk from the Braintree MBTA stop - the last stop on the Red Line.

Thayer's Shuttle to & from Braintree MBTA (T) Stop

Students can take Thayer's shuttle service between the T stop and campus.

  • Morning Pickup Location The underground garage, across from the entrance to the T
  • Morning Shuttle Schedule Leaves the T station at 7:15, 7:35 & 7:55
  • Afternoon Shuttle Schedule Leaves campus at 3:45, 4:30 & 6:00
  • Wednesdays only - 1 additional shuttle at 2:30 On Wednesdays, the shuttle leaves at 2:30, 3:45, 4:30 &6:00


Thayer is also on the #230 bus route that runs from the Quincy Center T station to the Montello Commuter Rail station. Thayer's stop is at the corner of Hobart Avenue and Washington Street.

To purchase a CharlieCard, please contact either the Karen Bosworth in the Middle School office (, 781.380.0513) or John Murphy in the Upper School (, 781.843.3580).  The cost for a CharlieCard is $30 per month or $300 for the school year.