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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Fessenden. Our admissions processes and timelines vary slightly by entry grade. For additional application details, please select the entry grade for which you are applying in the Grade-Specific Guidelines section below.

INQUIRY AND APPLICATION TIPS
 
Create a Ravenna Account
Fessenden uses Ravenna, a leading application management system, to collect inquiries and manage our application process. Creating an account allows you to request an admissions packet, complete our online admissions application, track your application status, stay informed about upcoming events, and receive updates from our Admissions Office. Create your Ravenna account today!

Register for a Virtual Tour
While we would love to invite you to tour our beautiful School in-person, due to COVID-19, Fessenden’s campus is only currently open to students, faculty, and essential staff. However, starting October 1 and continuing through the end of January, we will be offering weekly virtual tours for families who would like to learn more about Fessenden. Please visit fessenden.org/virtual to register for the grade-specific tour of your choice. 

Grade-Specific Guidelines

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  • Grades 5-9 Day Students

    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. Creating an account allows you to request an admissions packet, complete our online admissions application, track your application status, stay informed about upcoming events, and receive updates from our Admissions Office.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Grades 5-9 virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 1 through the end of January, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. Submit online application using with $50 application fee using Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    4. Submit the Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to your child’s current school so they can forward transcripts for current and prior year (required and due by February 1).
    5. On or about December 1, provide current teachers with the AISNE student evaluation form(s): Grade 5: Form for Grade 5 Candidates; Grades 6-8: English evaluation form and Math evaluation form). The forms are available on Ravenna. Evaluations are confidential and the teacher must upload the forms to Ravenna or return them directly to our Admissions Office by February 1.
    6. Candidates are not required to take standardized tests.
    7. Candidates for Grades 5 and 6 are normally required to attend the Middle School re-visit day which is held on a Saturday in early February. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit on-campus visits during that time, we will update you on the alternative to this step. There is no re-visit day requirement Grades 7-8 candidates.
    8. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications after February 1, and a decision will be sent to families in writing on March 10.

    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis based on availability. Please contact Admissions for more information about availability and the second round admissions process. Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1 deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10. 
  • Grades 5-9 Domestic Boarding Students

    Boarding applications are considered on a rolling basis. However, if you would like to be considered for financial assistance, applications must be completed by February 1.

    Five-Day and Seven-Day Boarding Options Available for Domestic Boarding Students.
    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. Creating an account allows you to request an admissions packet, complete our online admissions application, track your application status, stay informed about upcoming events, and receive updates from our Admissions Office.
    2. Contact the Admissions at 617-630-2300 or admissions@fessenden.org to schedule a virtual tour for you and your son.
    3. Submit online application using with $50 application fee using Ravenna. Boarding applications are accepted on a “rolling” basis, meaning there are no formal deadlines. However, we suggest applications be submitted as early as possible since there are a limited number of boarding spaces available.
    4. Submit the Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to your child’s current school so they can forward transcripts for current and prior year.
    5. Provide current teachers with the AISNE student evaluation form(s): Grade 5: Form for Grade 5 Candidates; Grades 6-8: English evaluation form and Math evaluation form). The forms are available on Ravenna. Evaluations are confidential and the teacher must upload the forms to Ravenna or return them directly to our Admissions Office.
    6. Candidates are not required to take standardized tests.
    7. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications and a decision will be sent to families in writing.
  • Grades 5-9 International Boarding Students

    Seven-Day Boarding is the only option for international boarding students.
    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. Creating an account allows you to request an admissions packet, complete our online admissions application, track your application status, stay informed about upcoming events, and receive updates from our Admissions Office.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Grades 5-9 international boarding virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 6 - December 8, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. Submit the Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they may forward previous and current year school transcripts.
    4. Provide current teachers both the student English evaluation form and the student Math evaluation form. Teachers should either upload forms directly to Ravenna or emailed them to admissions@fessenden.org, or faxed them to 617-630-2303. Form(s) are confidential and should be returned directly to the admissions office or Fessenden's Ravenna portal by the current school.
    5. Candidates are not required to take standardized tests. Provide current teachers both the student English evaluation form and the student Math evaluation form. Evaluations are confidential and teachers must return them directly to our Admissions Office by uploading them to Ravenna or emailing them to admissions@fessenden.org.
    Applications for the first round of international admissions are due December 15 and decisions are made by January 15. If you would like to be considered for the second round of international admissions, please contact our office for deadline information. Also, space availability in Grades 8 and 9 is often limited, so please contact us before starting the application process for those grades.

Contact Us

Nadine Riggs
617-630-2328
nriggs@fessenden.org


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