Tenacre Country Day School

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Tenacre Country Day School Photo #1 - Tenacre fifth and sixth graders play interscholastic sports every season. Centennial Field is used for soccer, field hockey and flag football in the fall and baseball and softball in the spring. The Dareshori Gymnasium is used for boys' and girls' basketball in the winter.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #2 - Tenacre Country Day School is a private, coed school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #3 - Students from pre-kindergarten to grade 5 participate in their class play. Instead of a class play, sixth graders take the lead roles in the spring musical, a dynamic production that has included, "The Music Man," "Shrek," "The Lion King," and "The Little Mermaid." Fifth graders play supporting roles in the musical (in addition to starring in their own class play).
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #4 - Playing sports at Tenacre is a highly anticipated event for the younger students. They love hearing about the outcomes of games at morning assembly and attend games to cheer on the "big kids." Go Tigers!
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #5 - Tenacre students have plenty of one-on-one time working with their teachers because of the small student-to-teacher ratio.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #6 - Tenacre is a warm and inclusive community for students and families.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #7 - Play remains an important part of the learning process in pre-kindergarten and provides a gateway to imagination and creativity for all four and five year olds. Each day, children have opportunities to engage in outdoor play and choice time, which includes a mixture of directed activities and opportunities for personal choice.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #8 - Tenacre's athletic program's main goal is participation. Everyone plays, regardless of skill level. Working together as a team fosters a strong feeling of camaraderie among fifth and sixth graders.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #9 - At Tenacre, science is 'element'ary! Pre-kindergartners have science twice a week with a dedicated science teacher in the school's state-of-the-art science center. By sixth grade, students meet four times a week and have learned how to write lab reports.
Tenacre Country Day School Photo #10 - Tenacre's campus includes a beautiful library, a state-of-the-art science center, a brand new stage and theatre space, a new lunchroom, and plenty of classroom space in which our students can stretch their minds. Come visit and see for yourself!
  • Tenacre Country Day School enrolls 197 girls and boys from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6.
  • Our well rounded program focuses on math, language arts, Spanish, social studies, science, music, art, technology, and physical education.
  • Good citizenship and character development are emphasized.  Small classes, talented teachers, a challenging yet nurturing environment, a diverse population, and attention to the needs of each child prepare students for highly competitive secondary schools.
  • Our After-School Program is open to all grades.  Financial aid available based on need.  "Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.".

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Tenacre Country Day School places among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded1910

Student Body

Total Students199 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
24%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Tenacre Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
82%
Average Class Size12 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no jeans, athletic clothing, hats)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 8
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,109
Tuition Notes2019 - 2020 Varies by grade level: Pre-K $27,295 Kindergarten $29,550 Grade 1 $32,535 Grade 2 $34,125 Grade 3 $35,875 Grade 4 $37,225 Grade 5 $38,075 Grade 6 $39,975 Need-based financial aid available.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant$27,623
Acceptance Rate
30%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMeg Burke
Admissions AssociateElizabeth O'Connell
Endowment Size$20 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Soccer, SoftballBaseballBasketball,
Field HockeyFlag Football,
SoccerSoftball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Book Club (For 4, 5, 6), Chess Club, Early Bird Club, Environmental Club, Math League, Math Mania

School Notes

  • Transportation available from some Boston neighborhoods A traditional curriculum enhanced by art, technology, library, music, physical education, Spanish and science, taught weekly by a dedicated faculty After-School available until 6:00 pm  Tenacre's mission is to nurture and challenge each child, every day  
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Wellesley
    Grades: 5-12 | 468 students
    0.4 miles
    45 Dana Road
    Wellesley, MA 02482
    (781) 489-1331
    0.4 5-12
    468
  • Ashland
    Grades: PK-8 | 44 students
    8.5 miles
    30 Green Street
    Ashland, MA 01721
    (508) 881-2123
    8.5 PK-8
    44
  • Dedham
    Grades: NS-8 | 290 students
    6.1 miles
    90 Sandy Valley Road
    Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 329-0850
    6.1 NS-8
    290
  • Dorchester
    Grades: 4-8 | 69 students
    10.4 miles
    515 Blue Hill Ave
    Dorchester, MA 02121
    (617) 427-1177
    10.4 4-8
    69
  • Framingham
    Grades: PK-6 | 47 students
    1.6 miles
    360 Water Street
    Framingham, MA 01705
    (508) 877-8200
    1.6 PK-6
    47

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
What is not to love about this school? My children have been going to Tenacre for the last seven years. This is a school that provides a strong, solid academic foundation from highly qualified teachers that genuinely care about helping a child reach his/her full potential. This school provides a safe, nurturing yet rigorous academic environment, and the teachers develop incredible bonds with their students (and families). The teachers are great role models and a school is a beloved place in children`s lives. Tenacre is a place that truly values kindness and compassion every day. Each class has two highly qualified teachers which are split up into smaller groups for each academic subject area to provide more individualized attention. This school does an exceptional job of developing leaders by building on each student`s individual strengths. In each grade, this school provides dozens of opportunities to hone leadership skills, engage in public speaking through presentations and perform on stage in first-class productions. They recently completed a renovation including a beautiful and inspiring theater space and light filled cafeteria. At the same time, they added a new state-of-the-art science building. I love that kids eat at multi-age tables and serve their younger school-mates. We`ve been part of the Tenacre community for seven years and truly love it. We love everything it has done for our oldest child who just graduated and is thriving at a competitive secondary school.
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Tenacre provides a strong, solid academic foundation from highly qualified teachers. It's a place where teachers genuinely care about helping a child reach his/her full potential. This school provides a safe, nurturing yet rigorous academic environment, and the teachers develop incredible bonds with their students. Tenacre is a school that truly values kindness and compassion every day. Each class is split up into smaller groups for academic subject instruction to provide more individualized attention. This school does an exceptional job of developing leaders by building on each student`s individual strengths. Tenacre provides dozens of opportunities to develop leadership skills, engage in public speaking through presentations and perform on stage in first-class productions. I love that kids eat at multi-age tables and serve their younger school-mates. We`ve been part of the Tenacre community for seven years and truly love it.
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Our daughter is in first grade at Tenacre and we have loved our time at the school so far. My husband is a Tenacre graduate so we were familiar with the school before our daughter entered Pre-K but the experience has consistently exceeded our expectations. My husband often remarks on how the facilities are so dramatically improved from his time at Tenacre but that the school retains the same warm, supportive environment. Tenacre is a place that strikes the right balance between supporting and challenging each child, with a special emphasis on teaching children to be kind and caring. Every one of our daughter's classroom teachers has been outstanding and the school seems very enthused by the addition of the new Head of School, Will Crissman.
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Our daughter is in first grade at Tenacre and we have loved our time at the school so far. My husband is a Tenacre graduate so we were familiar with the school before our daughter entered Pre-K but the experience has consistently exceeded our expectations. My husband often remarks on how the facilities are so dramatically improved from his time at Tenacre but that the school retains the same warm, supportive environment. Tenacre is a place that strikes the right balance between nurturing and challenging each child, with a special emphasis on teaching children to be kind and caring. Every one of our daughter's classroom teachers has been outstanding and the school seems very enthused by the addition of the new Head of School, Will Crissman.
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