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Newton, MA
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250 Waltham St
Newton, MA 02465

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(617) 964-5350
(617) 965-4072
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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
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
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
October 04, 2013
If you aren't a jock...forget it. Sports are king. All the teachers are jocks too.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 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
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
October 01, 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
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
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
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

- submitted by a student
September 09, 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
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
January 06, 2007
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Fessenden School
250 Waltham St, Newton, MA  02465
(617) 964-5350
Last modified Fessenden School is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
Fessenden School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top