Kindergarten through Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Upper School

Upper School: Grades 7-9

Fay’s Upper School consists of grades seven through nine. Students from across the United States and twenty countries around the world come here to participate in a learning community that is internationally respected for its excellent academics, its commitment to tradition and innovation, and the high quality of its boarding program.

From the seventh grade onward, students experience increasingly demanding academic requirements. Every student works closely with a faculty advisor who serves as a counselor and point person for the student's team of teachers.

Upper School students take courses on a six-day rotation, in an engaging program that includes mathematics, English, history, science, foreign language, art, and music. Students are assigned to some courses based on their grade level; students are enrolled in other courses (such as math and foreign language) based on their level of proficiency. Additionally, some courses are open to students as electives.

Upper School students participate in athletics every afternoon, choosing a different sport or activity each trimester. With over 20 sports to choose from, students can explore new sports or continue to hone their skills in a familiar sport.

The program is complemented by a rich selection of activities, which range from dance and drama to robotics, outdoor adventures, and our "Creator's Curriculum" in the Innovation Lab. Upper School students also participate in service learning and enjoy a variety of social events, outdoor activities, and supervised weekend trips to nearby Boston to visit its world-class museums and cultural attractions.

Meet Matt Heard, Head of the Upper School

B.A., Lake Forest College
M.A., Columbia University 

Matt Heard has been a teacher, coach, advisor, and administrator in PK-9 independent schools for almost twenty years. As Head of Upper School since 2013, Matt works with the Upper School faculty and coaches to ensure that all facets of the educational program in grades seven through nine balance challenge and vigor with thoughtful support.  
Matt has served on numerous independent school accreditation teams in Connecticut and New York, on the professional development committee for the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and on the exhibition committee for the Bruce Museum. His academic interests are broad and varied, ranging from biology to the visual arts. As a graduate of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University, Matt values his meaningful professional relationships with independent school educators and administrators worldwide.