Fast Facts

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


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.

Dining Room, Fay School

The Power of Tradition



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



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


Admission Events


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.


Effort Grades

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


Distinguished Faculty


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.



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.


Everyone Plays


The Spirit of Creativity

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


Arts Facilities

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


Visit our Virtual Gallery


Character Matters

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


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.


Circles of Connection


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.


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.




Living on Campus

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


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.


Why Boarding at Fay?


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!


Ways to Give

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


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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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K-9 Learning

"Finding Meaning" Through the Power of Story

- by Fay's Primary, Lower, and Upper School division heads

This summer, our faculty read The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith. In her book, Smith outlines four stages of finding meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. With our students ensconced in daily routines of the school year and actively engaged in questioning, learning, and doing, we have begun to reflect with them on the power of story.

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Why Is Ninth Grade So Important?

Compared to other stages in childhood development, ninth grade has not traditionally been considered as a pivotal moment. But that’s starting to change, and with increasing frequency, researchers are pointing to ninth grade as a key year for children’s academic growth.

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Secondary Schools: What to Consider When You’re Looking for the Right Fit For Your Child

Parents embarking on the secondary school admissions process frequently hear school counselors and consultants talk about the importance of finding a school that’s  the right fit . As advice, that’s hard to argue with, but as a goal, it’s frustratingly short on specifics. What does that really mean, and how does a parent stay focused on finding the right school while navigating the flood of information, conflicting opinion, and emotion that accompanies the secondary school admission process?
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Packing for Boarding School - What Your Child Really Needs

As any seasoned boarding student will tell you, there are always a few essential items that you'll need for boarding school. Here's the scoop on those extra items that are helpful to dorm life - and what you should leave at home.

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