The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Applicants from Mainland China

Important Information for Applicants from Mainland China

Fay School will be accepting applications from mainland China from boys and girls for grades 7 and 8 for the 2020-21 school year. While a tour of the Fay School campus is NOT a required element of the admission process, a student interview IS a required part of the application process. Applicants to Fay School must have scored an 850 or higher on the TOEFL, Jr. Interviews may be scheduled only after a TOEFL, Jr. score of 850 or higher AND the Application for Admission form (which includes a parent statement) have been submitted by the family and received by Fay School. Once the Application for Admission form and TOEFL, Jr. score have been received, the applicant will receive an email that includes a link to sign up for an interview. Interviews cannot be scheduled before the Application for Admission form and TOEFL, Jr. score have been received. The Application for Admission form will be available on Fay's website beginning in mid-September. (Click here to see our full applicant checklist for international students.)

All students applying from mainland China will interview with English Department Chair and Admission Interviewer Paul Abeln or Assistant Director of Admission Jennifer Weeden. Fay School is happy to offer families from mainland China two ways to interview with Mr. Abeln or Ms. Weeden. In the past, we have not been able to accommodate the overwhelming number of requests from mainland China for interviews at Fay. By offering two options, we hope that all students who wish to apply to Fay will be able to do so.

Option 1: Skype Interview. Skype interviews run from October through December. Skype interviews provide the choice to include an optional parent conversation (conducted in English), so if parents have questions about Fay or information they would like to share about their student during the interview, please select the Skype option.

Option 2: In-person Interview. Mr. Abeln and Ms. Weeden will offer 20-minute, in-person student interviews in Beijing and Shanghai. These interview dates will be posted in September. Parent​s will not have the opportunity to ​speak with Mr. Abeln or Ms. Weeden if the in-person option​ is selected​.

A note about the December 13 deadline:

Please note that applications will be accepted after December 13 ​only on a space-available basis.
For an application to be considered complete on December 13:
  • Fay School must have received the Application for Admission form and Applicant Statement.
  • Fay School must have received standardized testing scores (SSAT or ISEE and/or a TOEFL, Jr. score of 850 or higher) OR the applicant must notify the School of the December date for which s/he has registered to sit for a recent or upcoming standardized test.
  • Fay School must have received all three required recommendation forms and the official student transcript OR the applicant must prove that the requests for those items have been sent to the teachers and their current school prior to December 13.
  • The applicant must have completed the admission interview OR have an admission interview scheduled.
Click here to see our full applicant checklist for international students.
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Meet Paul Abeln

Paul Abeln joined Fay School as English Department Chair in 2012. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in American and Comparative Literature; he has also studied with the Yale Writers Workshop and worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop his own fiction, poetry, and public speaking skills. He has taught at many different levels from lower school through high school and university; at Fay, he teaches English in the Upper School and is a voting member of the Admission Committee. Mr. Abeln looks forward to meeting the many talented students in Fay's applicant pool!

Meet Jennifer Weeden

Jennifer Weeden joined the Fay School admissions team in July 2019 as Assistant Director of Admission. She brings 16 years of admissions experience, having worked from early learning through to the secondary school level and with day and boarding school families. Her recent work as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at The Cambridge School of Weston gave her the opportunity not only to meet the well-prepared students from Fay School, but also to appreciate the extraordinary value of Fay’s Upper School program. The part of her work that Jennifer enjoys most is meeting and getting to know applicant students and their families.