Fay School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
48 Main Street
Southborough, MA 01772
Fay School Photo #1 - Fay School is an independent, co-educational school 25 miles from Boston serving students in kindergarten 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 School Photo #2 - 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 School Photo #3 - Family-style meals at Fay are a longstanding tradition. Faculty members join the students for meals and students take turns as waiters. It is an opportunity to relax with friends and catch up on school news.
Fay School Photo #4 - The Fay School Innovation Lab is a 3,000 square foot lab space open to Fay faculty, staff, and students from K through ninth grade, with dedicated spaces for video production, programming, designing, building, and tinkering.
Fay School Photo #5 - Our faculty is distinguished not just in their level of expertise in their respective fields, but in their commitment to the practice of teaching. More than 83% of our faculty have earned master`s degrees: they are leaders in their disciplines as published authors, conference speakers, and mentors.
Fay School Photo #6 - 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.
Fay School Photo #7 - 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.
Fay School Photo #8 - Our 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, Annie, and Once on this Island.
Fay School Photo #9 - Fay is recognized around the world for its superior educational program, and our graduates are accepted to top secondary schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy Andover, Deerfield Academy, and Groton School.
Fay School Photo #10 - 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.
Fay School is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States.
Our 66-acre campus is located in Southborough, MA, just 25 miles from Boston.
Our community includes 475 students in Kindergarten through grade nine.
Of those, 150 students are boarders who come from across the United States and 24 countries.
Fay is recognized around the world for its superior educational program, and our graduates are accepted to top secondary schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy Andover, Deerfield Academy, and Groton School (click here for the complete list).
In addition to the core courses of mathematics, science, English, and history, students take art, music, and world languages.
Students also focus on the design thinking process with courses in our 3,000 square-foot Innovation Lab.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars  
    St. John’s College
    We had mandatory volunteer work, but we took a service trip to the Dominican Republic in my last year there as a class. Also the advisors were amazing, cared so much more than any other. . .
Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Fay School
School FocusJunior Boarding School
Grades (Boarding)Grades 7-9
Grades (Day)Grades K-9
School TypeCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)Yes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominational
Year Founded1866
Campus Size66 acres

Student Body

Enrollment475 students

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size14 students
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
Number of AP Courses Offeredn/a
ESL Courses OfferedYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$54 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(ranges from $67,690 - $71,330 for grades 7-9)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(ranges from $40,110 - $43,750 for grades 7-9)
Tuition international students$70,830
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNo


Application DeadlineDec. 15 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYes
SSAT ScoreYes
Director of AdmissionsBeth Whitney
Associate Director of AdmissionsSusan Mantilla-Goin

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered15 Interscholastic Sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations16 Extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Dance Club, Debate Club, MathCounts, Outdoor Adventure, Quilting, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Improv, Jazz Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club, Golf Club, Skiing, Swimming, Yoga

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

  • Fay School is a day and boarding school for students in Kindergarten through grade nine. While the School has grown and evolved since its founding in 1866, our central purpose has remained constant: we provide our students with the foundation for a meaningful life. Fay's broad and challenging program empowers students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character - all essential to living a life of meaning and making a positive difference in the world.
  •  Our community is built on five core values: Academic Excellence, Honorable Conduct, Dedicated Service, Earnest Effort, and Wellness of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Our school motto, Poteris Modo Velis ("You can if you will") highlights our community's emphasis on determination, effort, and resilience.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • Fay School accreditations: AISNE
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