The Fenn School

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
Tel: (978)369-5800
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The brotherhood at Fenn is tangible when one steps onto campus. Boys have the space to try new things and the support of their friends and teachers if at first they don't succeed. Our four core values are honesty, empathy, respect and courage.
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The brotherhood at Fenn is tangible when one steps onto campus. Boys have the space to try new things and the support of their friends and teachers if at first they don't succeed. Our four core values are honesty, empathy, respect and courage.
At the center of a Fenn education, the academic program is rigorous and intellectually exciting. In the lower grades, the curriculum emphasizes mastery of reading, writing, math, and science. In the upper grades, students synthesize and apply what they've learned as analytical thinkers and creative problem solvers. The classroom is a place for productive and joyful learning.
The athletic field is another classroom at Fenn, a place where boys work hard to achieve their personal best and learn to accept both success and disappointment with grace. Team pride is valued over individual glory both in the classroom and on the field of play. 90% of Fenn graduates play at least one sport in high school.
The arts aren't just a classroom exercise at Fenn. They infuse daily life. Boys who excel in the arts are as valued here as those who perform well on the athletic field or in the classroom. Through the arts, a boy can discover new areas where he can excel, explore new roles for himself, and be inspired to creative risks.
Fenn's campus is a place where boys can feel comfortably at home. From All School Meeting to the informal games that boys organize at the end of each day, every student is constantly supported in his evolution as a caring and responsible citizen of this unique community of learning.
At Fenn, the faculty know the boys and take pride and pleasure in helping them develop into well-rounded young met.  Each boy has an advisor who meets with the student and parents regularly.
Over 30 dramatic performances are staged each year at Fenn.  Boys learn empathy, courage and appropriate intellectual risk-taking in our drama program.
While music is one of the compulsory arts offerings, Fenn also optionally offers guitar lessons/ensembles, string ensembles, marching band, concert band, jazz band, and Trebles Choir.
When boys, supported by the solid role model of older students, are given the opportunity to take personal responsibility, they meet the challenge, embodying our motto, SUA SPONTE, or 'on one's own responsibility.' With an emphasis on academic achievement, leadership, kindness, and respect, Fenn shapes boys into humane young men who will go on and succeed in life.
Everything we do is tailored to the nature and learning styles of boys. The school day offers them ample opportunities to release their expansive energy. When gender-based social pressures are eliminated and boys understand that they are valued for who they are, they feel safe to explore and be kind and compassionate to one another.
  • Fenn offers an academically challenging day school program for boys in grades 4 through 9.
  • Of course we prepare our students for entrance into competitive secondary schools, but at Fenn, our primary focus is on instilling in boys a love of learning that will carry them throughout their lives.
  • While Fenn isn't the right school for every boy, everything we do is about and for boys.
  • Our focus is on educating the whole boy-balancing the intellectual excitement of academics with the arts and athletics.
  • And all that we do rests on a foundation of Fenn's four core values: honesty, respect, empathy and courage.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Coalition of Boys' Schools
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 4-9
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, mild learning differences
Year Founded 1929

Student Body

Total Students 330 students
Student Body Type All-boys
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Fenn School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
66%
Average Class Size 14 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Shirts with a collar, no jeans)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 30
Yearly Tuition Cost $33,120
Tuition Notes Generous need-based financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant $26,440
Admissions Director Amy Jolly
Admissions Associate Tory Hayes '02

Sports

Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Track and FieldWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess Club, Concert Band, Fenn Radio, Guitar Performance / Lessons, Invention Club, Jazz Band, Makerspace, Many Service Learning Opportunities, Marching Band, Peer Mediation, String Ensemble, Student Diversity Committee, Student Government, Student Philanthropy, Student Sustainability Committee, Trebles Choir Chess Club, Concert Band, Fenn Radio, Invention Club, Jazz Band, Makerspace, Marching Band, Peer Mediation, Trebles Choir, Guitar Performance / Lessons,
Many Service Learning Opportunities,
String Ensemble,
Student Diversity Committee,
Student Government,
Student Philanthropy,
Student Sustainability Committee,

School Notes

  • Fenn's academic program is deliberately broad, offering a range of learning opportunities that allows teachers to create educational experiences that motivate each boy, engage him in intellectual discovery, build his confidence, and help him discover a true love of learning.  In the spirit of Sua Sponte, each Fenn student takes responsibility for achieving his own personal best as he explores interests and talents that will prepare him for high school, college, and life. 
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  6/23/2017
As a prior public school student, I had no thoughts about sending my children to private school. However, although my town identified my oldest son as a student who could benefit from accelerated learning, my town had no money to spend on students like him. At that point, we decided to investigate Fenn for my two sons. We were pleasantly surprised that our sons were accepted and Fenn was able to offer us financial aid which allowed us to send our boys to Fenn. Without reservation I endorse the Fenn School. It is a perfect fit for every middle school boy. The teachers challenge the boys and stand ready to work with them. The boys are pushed to expand their interests and talents and are encouraged to get out of their comfort zone. The physical layout of the school allows the boys to burn off energy as they walk from building to building on the quaint campus. They enjoy daily sports and eating lunch at a communal table. As parents we have been very happy with the education our sons have received at Fenn. More importantly we have been so impressed by all the faculty and staff in creating a warm, familial, and supportive environment. Fenn is a special school for all boys!
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5  6/12/2017
I am a current parent and my son started at Fenn in 4th grade. Our son has now been there for two years. What we have seen with our son has been nothing short of remarkable. Before coming to Fenn our son was struggling with school. He did not enjoy going to school and was not excited about learning. He now loves school, is motivated to do well and is actually sad that the summer is coming. Their motto is "Where boys thrive" and it could not be more true. He has felt cared for and appreciated from day one and that has made all the difference. The teachers are amazing and the campus is beautiful and well resourced. Many schools and organizations have missions but not all live up to those mission statements. Fenn does and it is beautiful thing to behold how much of transformation it can make in a boy's life. I am very very thankful each day that he has this wonderful opportunity.
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5  6/12/2017
My son has been at Fenn since 4th grade, he is now currently in 8th. I can not say enough good things about Fenn and all of the teachers. They have excellent academics, sports and arts. My son has grown into a well rounded mature young man, he has made some good close friends and he has always been happy at Fenn. My only wish would be that he could go there for high school
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5  5/16/2017
As a public school family, we were content at our previous school, but wanted to see what options were available. We had heard a lot about Fenn and our expectations were fairly high given the hype. Suffice it to say, Fenn has exceeded our expectations. We have seen our son, and his friends, who also attend Fenn, grow in their desire to learn and desire to be better people. Our son looks forward to school, his friends and learning. I think what has made Fenn such a special place for us and for so many others is that the school embraces boys, boy energy, and does an amazing job finding what makes each boy a special person. We've been incredibly pleased with our first year at the school and are looking forward to what else the school has to offer in the years to come.
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5  5/17/2016
We are fortunate to have two boys attending The Fenn School. The school offers a dynamic, caring faculty; rigorous academics; strong and varied athletics; progressive arts and music program; leadership opportunities; and so much more! You really need to attend an open house and visit the school to get a sense of how special and unique this place is. Staying true to the school's mission, Fenn absolutely educates the "whole boy" and integrates "Sua Sponte" values in all aspects of school life. I am certain my boys'' Fenn education will send them off into the world as confident, caring, well-rounded, and knowledgable young men.
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5  9/6/2013
This school really understands boys, all types of boys, and can appeal to their interests to making learning much more engaging. I have 2 sons - a Fenn graduate and a Fenn 8th grader. My graduate is doing great at his high school - Fenn prepared him so well. The school talks about educating the whole boy - and balancing their learning across academics, athletics and the arts. This is really the way the educational program is structured. But what makes this school so special to us is knowing that Fenn is focused on building the character of our boys. It is not a class or a program, it is the culture of the school and the way each member of the faculty and staff behaves to bring out the best in a Fenn boy.
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5  8/29/2013
The motto of "a place where boys thrive" could not be better stated. I have 2 boys who have grown exponentially while at Fenn. The faculty and staff just "get boys". They create an atmosphere where it is safe to take risks in all areas of academics, arts and athletics. The administration from the phenomenal headmaster on down is completely invested in the school and the students. The boys are all very supportive of each other and bond like brothers. The parent community is welcoming and supportive as well. If you have a son ages 9-15, there is no better place for him to spend many rewarding years.
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