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Fast Facts

Founded in 1866, Fay serves 475 students in Pre-K through grade nine on its 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts.

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Mission & Philosophy

The mission of Fay School is to educate each child to his or her full potential through a broad, balanced, and challenging program that establishes a solid foundation for a productive and fulfilling life.

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The Power of Tradition

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Welcome

Fay's admission team is available to help you with every step of the admission process. Find out more here.

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Applying

Click here to read about the steps for admission to our Primary, Lower, and Upper Schools.

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Admission Events

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Secondary School Counseling

Fay's graduates are coveted by secondary schools, who welcome our students' strong skills, interests, and commitment to their communities. Find out how our secondary school counselors help each student find a school that's the right fit.

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Effort Grades

A unique hallmark of Fay's program is our system of effort grades, which emphasizes focus, determination and follow-through.

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Distinguished Faculty

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Athletics Facilities

Take a virtual tour of Fay's athletic facilities, which include a 36-acre athletic campus, gym, batting cages, basketball courts, and more.

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Coaches

Fay’s coaching staff is composed of faculty and staff as well as outside specialists, who are committed to supporting our athletes in an atmosphere of challenge and fun.

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Everyone Plays

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The Spirit of Creativity

Fay students build creativity and confidence through courses in art, music, drama, and dance.

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Arts Facilities

See our studios, classrooms, practice spaces, and performance venues.

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Visit our Virtual Gallery

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Character Matters

Fay students learn and grow in a community that emphasizes responsibility, respect, inclusion, empathy, and effort.

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Global Community

Fay welcomes students from across the United States and 20 countries. Find out what it's like to be part of a global community.

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Circles of Connection

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Diversity and Inclusion

At Fay, diversity is an asset, an experience, and a process. We believe that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances learning and enriches life.

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After-School Programs

Fay offers an extended day program until 6:00 pm and a rich array of after-school clubs for music, art, athletics, science, and more.

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Leadership

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Living on Campus

Boarders at Fay enjoy busy days that are structured and well supervised, but also full of friendship, warmth, and fun.

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Meet Our Dorm Parents

Our dorm parents are Fay faculty, staff, and coaches - all specially trained to meet the needs of middle school boarding students.

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Why Boarding at Fay?

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The 2016-17 Fay Fund

The Fay Fund makes up 8% of Fay's annual operating budget and helps fund educational programs, facilities, and books and supplies. Give now!

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Ways to Give

There are many ways to help Fay continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for every student

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Give Online

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Fay School Blog

15 Great Nonfiction Titles to Read Aloud With Your Child

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-by Katie Knuppel, Head of Primary School

As parents and teachers, many of us gravitate toward reading stories rather than nonfiction. However, the truth is that children love reading nonfiction, especially when you are reading it aloud to them and can answer the many questions that bubble up. Nonfiction books are filled with information, and children are eager to understand the world around them. 

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Middle School Learning, K-9 Learning

Transitioning from Homeschool to a Traditional Classroom Environment? Here’s Why Private School Might Be a Smart Move

It’s impossible to talk about homeschooling without first acknowledging that parents choose to homeschool for a wide range of reasons and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to a homeschool program. Just as diverse are the many reasons why parents may choose to transition to a traditional school environment at some point in their child’s schooling. The impetus could be a change in the family’s schedule, a desire for increased social stimulation with their peer group, or the need to prepare the student for a mainstream high school or college experience.

Transitioning to a private middle school for the seventh or eighth grade--or to a school like Fay that also offers a capstone ninth grade program--can be a great way to manage the transition to a traditional school environment while maintaining the academic rigor and specialized attention of a homeschooling experience. Here are some features to look for as you consider making the transition.

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Three Key Study Skills That Every Student Should Have

While there are always one or two students in every class who just seem hardwired to excel in school, the reality is that most kids have to learn the organizational skills, test-taking strategies, and executive function skills that will make them strong students. Schools that explicitly teach their students the study skills and habits of being a successful student provide their students with a distinct advantage.

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Finding Transcendence

by Jay Besch, Upper School Music Teacher

When I was growing up, my parents worked for the State Department of the United States. This meant that I did not spend most of my childhood in America, but rather in other countries around the world. In seventh grade, my family moved to Egypt. Egypt is an incredible country with a rich cultural history and stunning landscape. My family has always been outdoorsy, and so when we were invited by friends to go camping in the desert we packed up our car and off we went.

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K-9 Learning

28 Great Read-Alouds to Share With Your Child

On the hunt for a great read-aloud to share with your child? Look no further! This list includes classics and new wonders to read aloud to your children. Books are listed alphabetically by title, and descriptions are adapted from publisher descriptions or the Fay School library catalog summaries. We hope they will ignite imagination, foster conversation, and keep the pages turning!

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