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Bishop Fenwick High School4
Posted March 27, 2015
- a parent
Bishop Fenwick is a great, affordable option for parents seeking out a private, co-ed high school north of Boston. The academics are strong, classes are small and students receive individual attention from their teachers. In addition, the Guidance Department is top-notch, working with students to achieve their goals and helping them get into great colleges. As others have said, there is a real sense of community at Fenwick and students are encouraged to participate in sports, theatre and other activities. In fact, I believe about 87% of the student body is involved in some sport. Students are also encouraged to participate in social justice activities. My only problem with the school is the new principal that was brought in 2013 (Brother Tom). While he has good intentions, he is not well-respected by students nor parents as a leader with vision for the school. In my opinion, the school was better off with its previous principal.
The school offers a strong academic curriculum that has been enhanced by the new principal. Good athletic program for a small school with many opportunities. College advisement and placement is excellent.
Most of the faculty is very good, the guidance dept. is fantastic. Leadership is awful, kids used to love the school but now just the opposite with the new principal. It is not a friendly environment at all, in fact it is very tense. Girls sports are pretty good, boys sports are okay other than hockey which is absolutely pitiful. Possibly the worst coach to have ever stepped on the ice - hated by both players and parents. Save your money, there are much better options out there.
Personally I love Fenwick. There is a really strong sense of community with traditions such as spirit week and powderpuff. Also, I have found the teachers wonderful and always helpful. Academics are challenging, especially at the honors and AP levels. Sports and drama are excellent and most students do both a team and the spring musical or fall play.
I'm an alumna and think Bishop Fenwick is a great place. It can take you anywhere. There are so many schools which emphasize academics or are touchy feely about empathy and doing good, well Fenwick is the real deal.