Pre-K–Grade 4
The Experience
Pre-K-Grade 4 Program


Fessenden’s Pre-Kindergarten program works with boys’ natural enthusiasm, channeling it toward a love of learning. We start by preparing a child for Kindergarten through a developmentally appropriate curriculum full of imaginative and creative play, physical exercise, and self-expression. We recognize the importance of social and emotional development at this age, while we help boys begin to build a strong academic foundation. Lessons and activities are intended to foster patience, gratitude, and friendship in a supportive classroom community.
The typical Pre-K day begins with playground time and morning meeting, where we settle in with a song and focus on having a positive day. Boys then transition to classroom activities that mix literacy, mathematics, technology, and physical movement with a healthy mix of play. Throughout the day, we build in ample time for rest, snacks and lunch, and recess.

Pre-K Program Options

We offer three Pre-K options, allowing families to choose a pace that is appropriate for their sons. All include the core Pre-K curriculum (language arts, math, science, and social studies) and a balance of specials, including Spanish, physical education, music, art, and library. Please note, students starting Pre-Kindergarten should be four years old by September 1 of the entering year.

List of 3 items.

  • Full-Day

    Full-day Pre-K is for the boy who is ready for a longer school-day schedule. This option runs four full days a week with a half-day on Wednesday.

    Full-Day Schedule
    M, T, Th, F: 7:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
    *W: 7:50 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    *For parents of full-day students, Fessenden’s Extended Day Program is available on half-day Wednesdays if interested.
  • Blended

    Our blended option includes two full-days and three half-days providing the boys the opportunity to begin transitioning to a longer school day, while still allowing for the downtime some boys need at this age.

    Blended Schedule
    T, Th: 7:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
    M, W, F: 7:50 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Half-Day (Mornings Only)

    Half-days are ideal for the boy who is ready to engage with more curricular opportunities than are available at the nursery school level, but may not yet have the stamina for a full-day program.

    Half-Day Schedule
    M, T, W, Th, F: 7:50 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Meet the Pre-K Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Craig Bouchard

    Craig Bouchard 

    (617) 630-2337
  • Photo of Susan Heard

    Susan Heard 

  • Photo of Alicia Kolovson

    Alicia Kolovson 

  • Photo of Jamie Margand

    Jamie Margand 

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