Parking and Traffic

See the Catlin Gabel parking and traffic map here.


Basic safety and courtesy
Pedestrians have the right of way. Campus speed limit is 5 miles per hour—slow enough to brake if a child runs out, slow enough to prevent accidents. Please teach children, by direction and example, to use marked crosswalks and avoid the hazard of walking between parked or waiting cars.

Traffic patterns

Which way do I go?
Most vehicles should take the right fork as they enter campus. The left fork leads to the gym and is reserved for delivery vehicles, buses, and cars picking up athletes in the evening after practice or games.

One-way traffic
Follow campus signage indicating one-way and two-way traffic patterns. From 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., the one-way segment of the loop extends from the last parking bay to the end of the pickup area. At all other times, the one-way segment begins at the theater lot.


To register a vehicle, please email for instructions and your ID number.  

Parent and guest parking on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The main lot is reserved for parents and guests, except for the last bay, which is reserved for student carpools.

Student parking on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Students who drive to school are required to park in the St. Vincent employee parking structure on the 7th and 8th floors. 

Student carpool parking between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Students who carpool may park in the reserved spots in the last bay in the main lot. Registration in the Upper School office required.

Faculty-staff parking on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Faculty-staff parking is in the perimeter lots including the theater, Creative Arts Center, gym, and Upper School paved and gravel lots. Employees may also park on the 7th and 8th floors of the St. Vincent employee parking structure.

Faculty-staff carpool parking between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Faculty and staff members who carpool may park in the reserved spots in the fourth (east) bay in the main lot. 

Drop-off and Pickup

Where can I pick up and drop off my child(ren)?
Use only the drop-off and pickup lane in the main parking lot. The pickup pattern is designed for maximum safety.

Which lane should I use?
The inside, curb lane is for waiting, drop-off, and pickup. The outside lane is for moving traffic only. Do not pick up children in the outside lane. To further ensure everyone’s safety and to keep traffic moving, please ask children to enter vehicles on the passenger side.

Express Zone
The express zone is a no-waiting pick-up area. It begins at the Toad Hall crosswalk. Look for signs. Only drivers whose passengers are waiting may use the express zone. Children should enter vehicles on the passenger side.  

Use the phone
Children often call their parent’s cell phone when they are ready to be picked up at the express zone. Students are welcome to use the outdoor landline telephone outside Toad Hall.

The peak pick-up traffic abates by 3:25 p.m. We encourage drivers to delay picking up their students if they can.

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