Fenwick was the perfect place for my (recently graduated) children. Both were challenged academically, but at the levels that were appropriate for each of them as they have different styles. There is a robust one-to-one technology program in place and teachers are available and willing to help whenever needed (even coming in to school early on several occasions) . My children were able to participate in numerous activities from sports, to leadership, to music to art to service opportunities. Each of them wound up doing an extra curricular outside of their comfort zone, simply because it was encouraged and not judged -- and because the majority of students do things after school so its very social. Both came from a public school background where these opportunities might not have been as welcoming. There is an expectation of manners and respect and giving back through service. And I know from speaking with numerous other parents over the years that my children's experiences are the norm not the exception.
I unfortunately got stuck in a very cruel grade, and when you don't like th people you are with five out of seven days a week it is tough to want to go to school. The class of 2019 is especially disruptive during class, exclusive in their groups, not friendly by and means, and over all just bad people. I'm not saying that everyone is like this, but unfortunately it is the majority. Next, the classrooms are in serious need of repair, but the school decides to build a new track and football field because that's way more important. The teachers on the other hand are terrible at their job. They are old and tired of their jobs, thus less students pay attention. The teachers/administration always enforce the Catholic virtues but openly do not follow the virtues themselves, sot they are not setting a very good example. The principal and vice principal are very narrow minded and tend to have "favorites", rules that make no sense, and unreasonable consequences for students' wrongdoings. The over all value of the school does not justify the $13,000 tuition.
they hired a chemistry teacher to teach physics. a history teacher to teach religion. the kids aren't stupid - you can't just hand out work sheets and be called a teacher. like everywhere, there are great teachers, not so great teachers, and a lot of teachers who need to retire
depends on the teacher. some teachers think the more stressed out kids are, the better teacher it makes them. one saying is "life isn't fair" so she doesn't need to be. not exactly very Christian. but a lot of teachers are trying to respect the kids and balance homework.
the teachers are a dedicated, but many are ready to leave at the first opportunity because of the new principal. with such turnover it's hard to say what new teachers will be like. but the old ones care about the students and developing respect in and out of the classroom
new leadership is horrendous. principal and vice principal treat faculty like smaller children that need to be scolded. students ar eassumed to be bad, and they are always lurking around, trying to find you doing something wrong so they can punish you. teachers get yelled at regularly by them . there is no community anymore. it's all about getting bodies in the seats. of course, students keep the school open, but if the hallways are empty after school because no one wants to be there, that says something. the fenwick family is dead.
This used to be a great school. However, the new leadership it out of touch and leads by fear. The students nor the teachers have any respect for him. There is virtually no technology. Although they are starting a program with the new freshman class, they are so far behind, it does not begin to make a dent in what in what is lacking with technology. Some teachers are good, but the better teachers left after a year with the new principal. There are much better choices for your dollar, don't do it.
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.