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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Ninth Grade Program

Give your child the gift of a capstone year of challenge and leadership.

Presenting a prize-winning speech. Captaining a varsity team. Leading an all-school meeting. Playing the lead in the spring musical. Serving a needy community in foreign country. Mentoring a second grader.
Ask one of our ninth graders, and these are just of a few of the highlights they’ll mention when talking about their capstone year at Fay.
Each year, between 50 and 60 of our rising ninth graders from across the U.S. and around the world choose to take on a leadership year in Fay’s Ninth Grade Program. As the “seniors” of the School, they seize new opportunities for personal growth as students, athletes, artists, and leaders. 

Program Highlights

List of 6 items.

  • Academics

    Ninth graders at Fay experience a challenging and stimulating high school-level curriculum that thoroughly prepares them for tenth grade in a secondary school. In English, students delve into classics like The Odyssey and Macbeth, develop a more sophisticated style of writing, and hone their public speaking skills. Most ninth graders take biology, and multiple math courses are offered, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. Students may choose to study Spanish, French, Mandarin, or Latin, and they have regular opportunities to practice language skills with Fay classmates from around the world. Two electives, Topics in Modern American History and Diagnosing The Modern World (an interdisciplinary history/science course) are extremely popular among ninth graders. iPads are issued to all ninth graders in September, and students take advantage of Fay’s new Innovation Lab for hands-on learning across all subjects. By virtue of their seniority in the School and intellectual maturity, ninth graders take an active role in their learning and enjoy a collegial rapport with teachers. Alumni of Fay’s Ninth Grade Program cite this unique teacher-student dynamic as a key feature of their ninth grade experience.

    Read more about the ninth grade curriculum.
  • Arts

    Now’s your chance to be the lead in the play….or to audition for the very first time! In addition to regular offerings in drama and dance, ninth graders can choose from a host of music options as well as a variety of art electives that offer the opportunity to hone artistic skills and discover new interests.

    Read more:
    Music courses
    Art courses
  • Athletics

    As many of our ninth graders will tell you, serving as a team captain is a formative experience, and the opportunity to shine as leaders on our varsity teams is a highlight of their ninth grade experience. Ninth graders can choose from 19 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing/snowboarding, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, fitness, and dance. They play at Fay’s exceptional athletic facilities, including our 36-acre athletic campus. Our varsity teams play—and win!—against challenging competition from schools like Belmont Hill, BB&N,  Dana Hall, Dexter, Fessenden, Noble & Greenough, Milton, Rectory, and Rivers.

    See our athletic facilities
  • Five-Day and Seven-Day Boarding Options

    For many ninth graders, boarding at Fay offers a first opportunity to live away from home, and students benefit from “learning the ropes” of boarding life before enrolling in a secondary school boarding program. Our boarders live in comfortable, well-supervised dormitories and participate in a structured daily program designed to help each student succeed academically and socially—and have fun along the way. Evening study halls help students develop positive study habits, and weekends offer boarding students a rich array of on and off-campus activities.

    Learn more about boarding life
  • Secondary School Counseling

    Fay’s ninth graders are highly regarded by secondary schools. Our graduates are known to be confident, capable, enthusiastic students who are highly involved in extracurricular and service activities. Every year, admission representatives from more than 70 secondary schools visit Fay to meet with our ninth graders. Fay’s Secondary School Counseling Office is composed of four experienced professionals whose expert guidance contributes to Fay’s outstanding record of acceptance at competitive schools across the country.

    See our secondary school placement list
  • Student Life

    During a year filled with opportunities for growth, ninth graders:

    • Participate in off-campus, overnight leadership retreats at the beginning and end of the school year.
    • Participate in advisory groups of 4-7 students. Each ninth grader checks in with his or her advisor daily and meets with his or her advisory group at least twice per week.
    • Go on an international service learning trip (in 2016, all ninth graders traveled to the Dominican Republic).
    • Serve in leadership/service roles, such as student admission ambassador, Upper School Morning Meeting leader, Primary School lunch helper, kitchen crew foreman, team captain, and leads in school plays. 
    • Write, practice, and deliver a speech as part of Fay’s public speaking curriculum.
    • Develop greater self-confidence and a broader understanding of who they are as learners.
    • Grow their catalogue of experiences and expand their comfort zones, becoming more well- rounded and polished candidates for secondary school.
    • Become a cohesive class and cultivate lifelong friendships. 


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