Fay School

48 Main Street
Southborough, MA 01772
Tel: (508)490-8201
Gr: (Boarding) 7-9 | 475 students
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Fay School is an independent, co-educational school 25 miles from Boston serving students in Pre-K through grade 9, with boarding available for grades 7-9. Our school is a place of discovery, challenge, collaboration, and growth - a closely-knit learning community where our skillful, dedicated faculty inspires students to achieve excellence in all pursuits.
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Fay School is an independent, co-educational school 25 miles from Boston serving students in Pre-K through grade 9, with boarding available for grades 7-9. Our school is a place of discovery, challenge, collaboration, and growth - a closely-knit learning community where our skillful, dedicated faculty inspires students to achieve excellence in all pursuits.
Fay's drama productions regularly fill our theater, with audience members from the school community and beyond. Recent productions have included Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Annie.
Fay is a 'home away from home' for our residential students.  Students live, learn, and grow together with guidance and supervision from dedicated teachers and staff, the majority of whom live on campus.
Fay's students compete against other independent schools in a variety of sports, and over the years we have developed friendly rivalries with these teams. Athletics at Fay brings our community together as participants and spectators, maintaining bonds of school spirit and pride.
At Fay, Upper School begins in seventh grade. Students participate in an engaging and challenging academic program that includes English, mathematics, science, history, and world languages. Students may choose from French, Spanish, Chinese, or Latin.
The Fay School Innovation Center is a 3,000 square-foot lab space open to Fay faculty, staff, and students from Pre-K through ninth grade. With dedicated spaces for video production, programming, designing, building, and tinkering, Fay students have all the resources they need to learn about design thinking, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and build creative confidence.
Our teachers are the heart of our school. They bring a passion for education, expertise in their fields, and an impressive range of interests and achievements.
Fay School values the arts as a part of each student's educational experience. From Pre-Kindergarten through grade nine, students engage in music, visual art, and drama instruction led by experienced practitioners who build upon the innate creativity and curiosity within each child and allow them to give artistic expression to emotions and ideas.
Family-style meals at Fay are a longstanding tradition. Faculty members join the students for meals and students take turns as waiters. It's an opportunity to relax with friends and catch up on school news.
Fay students are highly regarded by secondary schools. Our graduates are known to be confident, capable, enthusiastic students. In addition, they are highly involved in extracurricular activities as well as service-oriented pursuits on and off campus. As a result, Fay students have an excellent record of acceptance at secondary schools.
Fay School is an independent, co-educational school 25 miles from Boston serving students in Pre-K through grade 9, with boarding available for grades 7-9.
Our school is a place of discovery, challenge, collaboration, and growth—a closely-knit learning community where our skillful, dedicated faculty inspires students to achieve excellence in all pursuits.
Fay nurtures foundational skills for academic, athletic, and creative achievement, supports the character development of each child, and offers a safe, structured environment where all students can discern and cultivate their unique strengths and talents.
Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Fay School
School Focus Junior Boarding School
Grades (Boarding) Grades 7-9
Grades (Day) Grades Pre-K-9
School Type Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational
Year Founded 1866
Campus Size 66 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 475 students
% International Students
16%
% Students Boarding
50%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
Average Class Size 14 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6
Number of AP Courses Offered n/a
ESL Courses Offered Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
Summer Program Offered Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $45 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,660
(Tuition ranges from $61,660 - $63,400)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,550
(Tuition ranges from $36,550 - $38,290)
Tuition international students $64,520
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$55,450
% Students on Financial Aid
18%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,632
Merit Scholarships Offered No

Admission

Application Deadline Dec. 15 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Accepts Standardized Application Yes
SSAT Score Yes
Director of Admissions Beth Whitney
Associate Director of Admissions Susan Mantilla-Goin

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 Interscholastic Sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 14 Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars Admission Tour Guides, Bell Choir, Dance, Debate, Fitness, Golf, Jazz Band, MathCounts, Outdoor Adventure, Quilting, Skiing, Swimming, Yearbook, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Within Fay's small advisory groups, students receive extensive individualized attention. Relationships between students and teachers mirror those of parent and child. At Fay, faculty and parents work as partners during the critically important adolescent years.
  • Our comprehensive secondary school placement program not only provides guidance in identifying and applying to model secondary schools, but also assists students and their parents in selecting the best environment for continuing their education at the next level.
  • Fay's proximity to Boston affords students unique weekend and experiential learning opportunities. Exceptional facilities, integrated use of technology, and a faculty committed to ongoing professional development create an environment where living and learning thrive.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: AISNE

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. Mark's School (0.3 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    Grades: 9-12 | 369 students 0.3 mi25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA 01772
    508-786-6118
    0.39-12369
  • Hillside School
    All-boys 
    Grades: 5-9 | 145 students 4.9 mi404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    (508) 485-3483
    4.95-9145
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 295 students 9.6 mi12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    508-650-5020
    9.69-12, PG295
  • Dana Hall School
    All-girls 
    Grades: 9-12

    5-12 (day)
     | 467 students
    12.5 mi45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-235-3010 x2531
    12.59-12

    5-12 (day)
    467
  • Grades: 9-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 645 students
    13.7 mi81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    508-459-5481
    13.79-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
    645
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