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

Primary School

Primary School: Kindergarten - Grade 2

The Primary School program at Fay, which serves children in Kindergarten through grade two, truly stands out among private primary schools in Southborough and the Metro-West area.

In small classes and intimate homeroom settings, students build skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies. Students also meet with specialists each week for classes in science, art, music, library, and physical education.

In Kindergarten, teachers use an inquiry-based approach, where student learning in language arts and mathematics is structured around a topic of interest that the children wish to pursue in depth. Inquiries in past years have included woodworking, pets, and musical instruments. These themes provide a foundation for student research, exploration, and hands-on projects.

In first and second grade, the structured program helps students build and solidify foundational reading, writing, and math skills as they prepare for the transition to third grade and Lower School.

A major focus of the Primary School program is building community. Students begin to learn about life at Fay, and they participate in traditions - such as our daily family-style lunches and weekly community meetings - that help them understand more about their roles as individuals, friends, and community members.

Meet Teri Lawrence, Head of the Primary School

M.S.Ed. and B.S.Ed., The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York
Teri Lawrence has extensive early childhood teaching and administrative experience in independent schools. Before Fay, she was Head of School at Resurrection Episcopal Day School in New York City. Her previous positions have included Director of the Early Learning Center at St. Thomas School in Medina, Washington; Executive Director of the Child and Family Development Center at Eastern Connecticut State University; and head of the early childhood and primary divisions at Renbrook School in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has also been a member of many higher education faculties in Connecticut and Washington as part of their teaching training programs.