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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.

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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!
 
Schedule a Campus Visit
Our boys and parents alike will tell you about it: the “aha” moment. When all you’ve read and researched about Fessenden comes to life in a way that no one could quite explain—a way that goes beyond Science Bob’s “destruction table” or our highly anticipated “poetry coffee houses”.

There are no prerequisites for scheduling a campus tour. We would be delighted to meet you regardless of where you are in your school evaluation process. Contact us at 617-630-2300 or admissions@fessenden.org to arrange a visit today. 
 
Candidate Age Requirements
  • Students starting Pre-Kindergarten should be four years old by September 1 of the entering year. 
  • Students starting Kindergarten should be five years old by September 1 of the entering year.
 
Please complete an Inquiry Form to receive more information about Fessenden. Or, Apply Now if you are ready to begin your application process.

Grade-Specific Guidelines

List of 5 items.

  • Pre-K

    Students entering Pre-Kindergarten should be 4 years old by September 1.

    Fessenden’s Pre-K program recognizes each boy’s unique learning style and developmental stage. The following offerings are available. (Note that parents do not need to select an option until their child receives an offer of admission.)
    • Full-Day Pre-K Option
    • Blended Pre-K Option (two full days, three half days)
    • Half-Day Pre-K Option
    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit and a small group visit for their son. Campus visits begin after October 1. All parental visits must be completed by February 1.
    2. Pre-Kindergarten candidates are required to attend a small group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our Admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to listen to a story, play and interact with peers. This visit lasts about two hours. Representatives from our Parents' Association will be available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit. 
    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee through your Ravenna account (required and due by February 1).
    4. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).
    5. By December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the electronic student evaluation form available on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    6. 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 begin to review completed applications on February 1, and a decision will be sent to parents 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. 
  • Kindergarten

    Students entering Kindergarten should be 5 years old by September 1.

    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit and a one-on-one and small group visit for their son. Campus visits begin after October 1. 

    2. Kindergarten candidates are required to attend a group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to listen to a story, play and interact with peers.  This visit lasts about an hour and a half and representatives from our Parents' Association are available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit.

    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).

    5. By December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the student evaluation form - available on Ravenna - (required and due by February 1).

    6. 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 begin to review completed applications on February 1, and a decision will be sent to parents 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 1-3

    Grades 1-3 are not typical entry points for Fessenden. However, there are occasional openings so we encourage you to begin the admissions process.
    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit. Campus visits begin after October 1. 

    2. Schedule a candidate visit. Each candidate will visit a classroom and experience a typical day in the life of a Fessenden student. The visit will also include an individual assessment with a member of our Lower School Admissions team. Dress code for Grade 1 visitors is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants and sneakers; coat, tie, chino/khaki pants, and non-sneaker shoes for Grades 2 and 3.

    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).

    5. By December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the appropriate student evaluation form (Grade 1 evaluation form or Grades 2-5 evaluation form - available on Ravenna)- required and due by February 1.

    6. 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 parents 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. 
  • Grade 4

    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a campus visit for both parent and candidate. During the visit parent(s) and candidate tour the campus. Following the tour, parent(s) will meet with a member of the Lower School Admissions team while the candidate completes an individual assessment. Campus visits begin after October 1. Candidate dress code for the visit is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants, and sneakers.

    2. 4th Grade candidates must participate in a group visit day in December or January with approximately ten other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities with peers and gain a sense of the Fessenden student experience. This visit lasts about two hours. Representatives from our Parents' Association will be available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit. Dress code for the visit is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants, and sneakers. 

    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna -  to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).

    5. By December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the student evaluation form - available on Ravenna - (required and due by February 1).

    6. 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 parents 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. 
  • Lower School Group Visit Days

    2019-2020 Lower School Admissions 
    Group VIsit Calendar

    Pre-Kindergarten
    Tuesday, December 10, 8:00-9:45 am Siblings/Faculty
    Thursday, December 12, 8:00-9:45 am Siblings/Faculty
    Thursday, January 23, 8:15-10:00 am
    Tuesday, January 28, 8:15-10:00 am

    Kindergarten
    Wednesday, December 18, 12:30-2:00 pm
    Wednesday, January 15, 8:30-10:00 am
    Tuesday, January 21, 8:30-10:00 am
     
    4th Grade
    Wednesday, January 8, 12:00-2:00 pm
    Monday, January 13, 12:00-2:00 pm
    Wednesday, January 29, 12:00-2:00 pm
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