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School Programs

Academics

Fay is organized into three divisions: Primary School (Pre-K through Grade 2); Lower School (Grade 3 through Grade 6), and Upper School (Grade 7 through Grade 9). Each of these divisions has been carefully tailored to meet the developmental needs of its students. At every level, Fay offers an age-appropriate program that is attuned to the School’s mission of educating each child to his or her full potential.

The School begins by teaching the essential skills of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. In the Primary School, Fay begins with an “inquiry-based” approach, embracing children’s curiosity and play in ways that progressively lead to higher and more structured forms of learning. In the Lower School, children build on a base of knowledge and develop skills that enable them to take on more complex learning tasks.

By Upper School, students are reading carefully, listening effectively, and speaking articulately. They are writing essays, research papers, poems, and thoughtful personal reflections. They are mastering the demanding concepts and processes of mathematics and science.

Fay’s broad and balanced curriculum also includes art, music, physical education, and athletics at every grade level. World language instruction is introduced in Pre-K, where students study French for one-half of the year and Spanish for the other half of the year. In the Upper School, language offerings expand to include Mandarin and Latin.

Fay’s traditional curriculum is balanced with innovation in every discipline. The School’s new Innovation Lab is the home base for a Creator’s Curriculum, where students in every grade level learn to design, build, and create. The Lab is an engaging “maker’s space” that includes hand tools for woodworking, 3D printers, laser cutters, and computers equipped with programming and design software. Additionally, iPads are issued to every ninth grader as a learning and organizational tool.