Fessenden’s Upper School is a place where boys grow and expand their minds, finding passions and interests to pique and satisfy their fervent intellectual curiosity. Whether they have completed the earlier grades at Fessenden or elsewhere, boys enter the Upper School with strong academic skills and habits, and are comfortably self-reliant in their own unique learning processes.
Intellectually, they take greater risks, exploring their passions through student-led projects, collaborative work, and a wide variety of electives. Classes move beyond concrete concepts to abstract learning. Boys unearth information, evaluate and process their findings, and share crafted conclusions with peers using verbal and written communication skills. Regardless of subject or activity, we emphasize process as much as the product—and, as a result, we witness the development of independent learners who are innovative, collaborative, creative, and respectful.
We continue to offer resources to help boys master their full Upper School life, which includes independently organizing their day, meeting deadlines, and balancing academic and extracurricular activities. Upon graduating from the Upper School, boys are equipped with the knowledge, study skills, and leadership experience they need to smoothly transition and thrive at the secondary school of their choice.