About

Fessy Facts

 

Head of School

Steve Armstrong, appointed 2018
 

Mission

The mission of The Fessenden School is to teach, nurture and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each student’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart and body in an inclusive and joyful community that, through rigor, friendship and service, reflects Fessenden’s traditional values of honesty, compassion and respect.
 

Faculty

  • 90 faculty members, with an average tenure of 17 years
  • 70% hold advanced degrees
 

Student Profile

  • Students come from 16 countries, 15 states within the US, and 40 communities in MA
  • 24.6% students of color (inclusive of our international boarding population)
 

School Spirit

Nickname: Fessy
School Colors: Red & Gray
Mascot: Bear
Motto: Labor Omnia Vincit (Work Conquers All)
 

Guiding Principles and Values

Honesty, Compassion, and Respect
 

Enrollment

Total: 515
Boarding: 100
Day: 415
Lower School (Pre-K-Gr. 4): 181
Middle School (Gr. 5-6): 133
Upper School (Gr. 7-9): 201
Average Class Size: 12
 

General Facts

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 9
  • Oldest all-boys, junior boarding school in U.S.
  • Seven and five-day boarding options available in Grades 5-9
  • 41-acre campus in metropolitan Boston
  • Academically challenging curriculum structured to educate and foster the specific learning styles of elementary and middle school boys
  • Character education infused program
  • 21 Middle and Upper School athletic offerings (competitive, intramural and recreational)
  • 19 elective offerings, such as robotics, video production, woodworking, and performing and technical theater arts
  • Parents Association (PA) offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities in conjunction with faculty, staff and parents
  • 11 musical groups
  • 8 theatrical productions per year
 

Day Entry Points

Pre-K: 28
Kindergarten: 14
Grade 4: 16
Grade 5:10
Grade 6: 10
Grade 7: 3-5
Occasionally openings do become available in other grades too. Please call Admissions (617-630-6300) to inquire.
 

Learning Resources

  • Items in library – approximately 20,000 (including print and electronic books, audiobooks, other digital media and instructional devices such as iPads, Chromebooks, and Kindles)
  • Comprehensive English Language Learners (E.L.L.) program serving approximately 22 international students
  • SmartBoards/digital projectors in all classrooms
  • 1:3 MacBooks in Pre-K through Grade 4; 1:2 iPads in Pre-K through Grade 3; 1:1 iPads in Grade 4, 1:1 Chromebooks in Grades 5-9
  • “My Fessy” access to personalized web-based communications tool for students, parents, faculty and alumni
 

Secondary School Placement

Fessenden students, diverse in talents, interests and families priorities, matriculate at a wide range of outstanding day and boarding secondary schools. Two full-time placement officers work with our students and families to identify the best fit for each boy.
Schools that enrolled ten or more Fessenden students over the past five years:
  • Noble & Greenough (27)
  • Brooks School (21)
  • Milton Academy (20)
  • Belmont Hill School (19)
  • Rivers School (16)
  • Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School (15)
  • St. Paul’s School (15)
  • St. George’s School (15)
  • Phillips Academy (Andover) (14)
  • St. Sebastian’s School (13)
  • Tabor Academy (12)
  • The Loomis Chaffee School (11)
 

Residential Program

  • Boarding student-to-residential faculty ratio – 2:1
  • Weekend Program activities chaperoned by residential faculty each year – more than 800
  • Number of activities offered to boarders each weekend – 20-25
  • Dormitory families living on each dormitory floor – 2
 

Financial Assistance* – $3.3 million

  • Percentage of Operating Budget – 11.8%
  • Students receiving assistance – 98 (19% of the 515 total enrollment)
*Inclusive of tuition remission
 

General Finances

  • Operating Budget – $27.9 million
  • Endowment – $48 million
 

Alumni

Number of alumni with whom we are in contact – 4,800
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