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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
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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 60 and 70 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. We also admit up to 10 new ninth graders each year who are seeking the best possible preparation for their high school years. As the “seniors” of the School, our ninth graders 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 literary classics, develop a more sophisticated style of writing, and hone their public speaking skills. They develop hands-on lab skills in biology, and multiple math courses are offered, including Algebra 1 and 2, 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. Four electives, Topics in Modern America, Diagnosing The Modern World (an interdisciplinary history/science course), Advanced Studio Art, and Advanced 3D Design are extremely popular among ninth graders, and students take advantage of Fay’s 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 highlight 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
    Drama
    Dance
  • Athletics

    For many ninth graders, the opportunity to shine as leaders on our varsity teams is a highlight of their ninth grade experience. Younger players look up to their ninth grade teammates, and Fay’s experienced varsity coaches—who are attuned to the specific needs of this age group—call upon ninth graders to serve as role models, on and off the field.
         Ninth graders can take full advantage of Fay’s exceptional athletic facilities, which include ten full-size fields, an indoor turf field, a baseball diamond and a softball diamond with three batting cages, four basketball courts, two fitness centers, eight tennis courts, an outdoor ice rink and ropes course, and an indoor rock climbing wall. 
         Every ninth grader participates in at least one team sport during the year.
    Students can choose from 20 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing/snowboarding, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, as well as our on-campus intramural athletic options, fitness, dance, and outdoor adventure. 
         Our varsity teams fare remarkably well against challenging competition from schools like Belmont Hill, BB&N, Dana Hall, Dexter Southfield, Fessenden, Noble & Greenough, Milton, Rectory, and Rivers.


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

    Fay’s ninth graders come from across the U.S. and around the world, so the majority take advantage of Fay’s outstanding residential life program. 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 6-8 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 (since 2014, ninth graders have traveled each spring to the Dominican Republic).
    Serve in leadership/service roles, such as Dorm Proctor, Color President, Class President, Student Admission Ambassador, Primary School lunch helper, and team captain.
    • 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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