The Fessenden School

  • Fessenden's school purpose of "nurture, then challenge" successfully marries an academically challenging program with a community that takes seriously the values of honesty, compassion and respect.
  • These very core values are at the heart of a Fessenden education.
  • Respecting others, exhibiting good manners, caring about the larger community and integrity in all things are expected here.
  • Fessenden's warm and friendly atmosphere allows each student to feel connected with his peers and teachers through a myriad of experiences, in and outside of the classroom.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
National Coalition of Boys' Schools
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-9
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1903
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students526 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Fessenden School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
53%
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling
Tuition NotesSee website
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant$20,000
Admissions DirectorCaleb W. Thomson '79
Admissions AssociateGreg Hendrick

Sports

Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Nordic SkiingSailing,
SoccerSquash,
TennisTrack and Field,
WeightliftingWrestling,
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    Grades: PK-8
    2.4 miles
    80 Crescent Avenue
    Newton Center, MA 02459
    (617)969-4488
    2.4 PK-8
    n/a
  • Belmont
    Grades: PK-8
    3.3 miles
    55 Day School Lane
    Belmont, MA 02478
    (617)484-3078
    3.3 PK-8
    n/a
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    Kids Are People School
    Alternative School
    Grades: NS-8 | 120 students
    6.5 miles
    530 Commonwealth Ave
    Boston, MA 02215
    (617)266-0028
    6.5 NS-8
    120
  • Boston
    Grades: K-6 | 118 students
    7.4 miles
    107 Marlborough Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617)266-8427
    7.4 K-6
    118
  • Braintree
    Grades: PK-5 | 112 students
    15 miles
    25 Brow Ave
    Braintree, MA 02184
    (781)356-7877
    15 PK-5
    112

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The average private school tuition in Massachusetts is $12,958 for elementary schools and $31,739 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).