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Fessenden School

Private | PK-9 | 492 students

Fessenden Brings Out the Best in Boys
 
 

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fessenden is a wonderful school! Our son is going into his 6th year there and we couldnt imagine him anywhere else!! They truly understand boys and we've been extremely satisfied with the academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2014

The school is a hot mess. Priorities are completely out of line and they continue to sugar-coat it. The children ultimately pay the price because the faculty and staff are at a constant battle with leadership and administration. The school wants your $$$ at any and all costs. That's the bottom line. They would rent your child out to another family if it meant more $$$ for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

We were pleased with our lower school experience, but the middle school is a disaster. The attractive looking campus should not seduce families into thinking that the academics are also as well tended. Teachers are not held accountable for lesson plans, there is minimal reading and writing, and students' educational needs are largely ignored. Very disappointing, given our generally positive lower school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

If you aren't a jock...forget it. Sports are king. All the teachers are jocks too.


Posted August 10, 2013

This school is terrible. I am an alumni and happy I left. Kids bully you, and the teachers do nothing, not to mention the price. Do not get involved with Fessenden.


Posted June 7, 2012

I just graduated Fessenden. It was the best experience of my life. The Staff and Faculty were great, but what was really special were the the connections that I made. Never have I been so proud of a group of people. My best friends came from that school. Whether it was raiding the teachers lounge at midnight or going out on the roof of the dorm, I had my best times there. While the modo bringing out the best in boys might seem corny, it really is true. The only reason that I would not recommend attending Fessenden is because of how sad it is when you have to leave.


Posted April 5, 2011

Fessenden School has given my son a great education. Parent and Alumni Jim Michals has done a lot to help the school by providing his knowledge of a great hockey facility . The Fessenden Rink has a new facelift ! Two rinks,a synthetic treadmill, new locker rooms, and skating shop. The whole Fessenden community is grateful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

Just an outstanding school. They truly understand the boys and offer excellent academics as well as incredible opportunities for the boys to experience extra-curricular activities. Now that we live outside the Boston area (and are struggling to find a school 1/2 as good as Fessy for our boys), I wish we could give the school 6 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

Outstanding school. Our son is so happy there. Could not ask for better. We didn't think we'd end up at an all-boys school, but now we are so happy we did. "Bringing out the best in boys" sounded like just a slogan until we got there. They really mean it. They do it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2010

Fessenden is a fabulous school which has done wonders for our son. He is currently entering 7th grade and has been there since Kindergarten. The academics are excellent as well as the sports program. The faculty is both caring and supportive and the small classes sizes are great for achieving personal success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

This school is overall perfect. I have been going there since 5th grade. I was in public school, and i was young for my grade so going into 6th grade i decided to repeat my year, and enter fessenden as a 5th grader. This is by far the best decision I have ever made, the school taught me how to study, be prepared, and to be organized. The school also allowed me to excel in sports, I love the school so much words can not describe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

I've been at fessenden for two years and I love it. It is a great school and an amazing school to play sports learn and have fun
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Posted September 9, 2008

Fessenden is an awesome school that gives you the perfect boarding life experience as a student. I have gone to Fessenden from 5th to 8th grade, and I now have great memories from going there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

This is my 3rd year attending Fessy. I went as a 5, 6, and 8th grader. As you can see I returned to my public school for 7th grade and that was a terrible mistake. Fessenden is an exceptional environment and if you appreciate the education you receive there you will love it.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 67%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • David B. Stettler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • All boys
Boarding options
  • Boarding school
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (617) 965-4072

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • English Language Learning (ELL)
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Available for some locations
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • lacrosse,cross-country skiing, mountain biking
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Brooks School
Tabor Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy
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250 Waltham St
Newton, MA 02465
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Phone: (617) 964-5350

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