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Fay Facts & History

Fay Facts

Mission
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.
 
Motto
Poteris Modo Velis (You Can if You Will)
 
Core Values
Academic Excellence
Earnest Effort
Honorable Conduct
Dedicated Service
Wellness of Mind, Body and Spirit
 
Founded
Founded in 1866, Fay School is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States.
 
Location
Fay School (30-acre main campus and 36-acre athletic campus) is located in Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles west of Boston. 
 
Head of School
Robert J. Gustavson, Jr., has served as Fay's head of school since 2008.
 
Divisions
Fay is divided into three divisions:
Primary School (grades Pre-K through two)
Lower School (grades three through six)
Upper School (grades seven through nine)
 
Enrollment
475 boys and girls
355 day students (Pre-K through grade nine)
120 boarding students (grades seven through nine)
 
Primary School - 100
Lower School - 140
Upper School - 235
 
Residential Life
120 boarding students from 10 U.S. states and 20 countries call Fay School "home" during the academic year.
 
Endowment
Fay's endowment of $45 million, which exists thanks to generations of generous donors to the School, helps cover Fay's operating costs and allows the School to keep tuitions lower than the actual cost of a Fay education.
 
Average Class Size
14

Average Student to Teacher Ratio
6:1
 
Faculty
78 - 88% with Advanced Degrees
 
Academics
• Broad, balanced, and challenging curriculum tailored to the needs of each age group
• English and history courses emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills
• Mathematics and sciences courses encouraging the application of knowledge to the world
• World Languages including French and Spanish in Pre-K through grade six; Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish in grades seven through nine
• International Student Program with emphasis on English reading, writing, and speaking skills in grades seven through nine
• Innovation Lab (iLab) with laser cutter, 3-D printers, vinyl cutter, and a range of traditional hand tools
 
Arts
• Required classes in art, music, and drama from Pre-K through grade nine
• Art electives in the Upper School, including ceramics, printmaking, painting, and sculpture
• Primary and Lower School music program based on the Kodály method
• Music electives in the Upper School, including band, jazz band, string ensemble, chamber group, string ensemble, several handbell choirs, several chorus groups for both girls and boys, and chamber singers, plus private instrument lessons
• Regular drama productions throughout the year at every grade level
• Dedicated facilities for the arts, including 320-seat theater, ceramics studio, printmaking studio, art studios, dance studio, and music rehearsal spaces
 
Athletics
• Physical education in Pre-K through grade four
• 60 teams and 19 sports in grades five through nine, including baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling
• 11 intramural activities
• 10 fields, 8 tennis courts
• 4 basketball courts
• 2 Fitness centers, an indoor turf facility, and an indoor rock climbing wall
• Outdoor high and low ropes course
• Outdoor swimming pool
• 36-acre Fay School Athletic Campus with playing fields and cross country running course
 
Our School Community
• Student- and faculty-run morning community meetings
• Family-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Abundant student leadership opportunities, from lunch table waiters to dorm proctors
• Friendly color competition, “Reds” versus “Whites,” culminating each year at Founders’ Weekend with the awarding of the Redmond Cup
• New, state-of-the-art, “green” facilities for Primary School and Village dormitories
• Two libraries filled with resources selected for each age group
• Wellness curriculum focused on building life skills and making healthy choices
• Hands-on community service and service learning opportunities for every age group
• Secondary school placement program focused on finding the “best fit” for each student
• Fay After School and Clubs program until 6:00 PM for Primary and Lower School students


Accreditations and Affiliations
Association of Independent Schools in New England

Junior Boarding School Association

National Association of Independent Schools

The Association of Boarding Schools