Pre-K through Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Boarding

Weekends at Fay

What are you doing this weekend?

Weekends at Fay School are a time to rest, recharge, connect with friends, and have fun! An important part of the Fay program is what our students learn outside the classroom—and with more than 120 boarders on campus each weekend, there are plenty of activities and adventures to make each weekend special. Whether it’s a pickup game of basketball, a kayak excursion on the Charles River, a trip to a Broadway show in Boston, or a cozy meal with floormates and a dorm parent, boarders have many ways to connect with their classmates and school community. 

Because we make sure that all our boarders get involved each weekend, Fay’s Residential Life Coordinator plans each weekend at Fay to include a range of activities to suit everyone’s tastes. Early in the week, a poster goes up in the Dining Room listing featured activities for the weekend, which typically includes a balance of at-school and off-campus options, all hosted and coordinated by Fay’s faculty and dorm parents.

Boarders design their weekends by signing up online for activities. Most options are open to all students, with no signup limits, and students can discuss plans with their friends before making final decisions. Sports, arts and crafts, trips, and community service projects are just a few of the options available each weekend. Fay’s unique location provides a host of opportunities, and our boarding staff takes advantage of Fay's proximity to Boston and Providence as well as the natural, rural beauty of New England. 

Weekend activities are also an opportunity for our talented dorm parents and residential staff to share their own interests, whether it’s knitting, skiing, or a cappella singing. The art studios in the Picardi Art Building are also open some weekends for students to work on independent or faculty-directed projects. Boarders also have opportunities for downtime in their rooms to rest and relax. 
 
Our weekends also include Sunday morning study hall for all students on campus, a thorough dorm and room cleanup each Sunday evening, and numerous residential programs designed to strengthen community ties and foster social and emotional growth.

Five-day boarders are welcome to stay overnight at Fay on weekends to enjoy all that our boarding program has to offer. 

Students with visiting or local parents occasionally depart campus on weekends to spend time with their relatives or are invited to spend time with day students and other local families. Fay encourages families to invite boarding students home for the day or weekend to build a sense of community and to enable boarding students to share in a family experience.

Sofia's Weekend

• Breakfast in the Dining Room - make your own waffles!
• Violin practice, then off to the art room with friends to work on a sculpture project with Mr. Kimball
• Trip to Hanover Theater in Worcester to see Blue Man Group
• Back to campus for dinner - pasta night with my hallmates at my dorm parent’s apartment
• Sleepover and movies in the dorm with my dormmates 

Jonathan's Weekend

• Sleep in! Breakfast in the Dining Room at 9:45
• Study hall & time for a pick-up game of soccer
• Trip to Boston for a Red Sox game and a canoe trip down the Charles River
• Back to campus in time for dorm cleanup and family-style Sunday dinner in the Dining Room - we’re celebrating my friend Alex’s birthday! 

Weekend Activities - A Sample List

Sports
Boston Blazers lacrosse games
Celtics basketball
College football & soccer games
Lowell Devils hockey
New England Revolution soccer
Red Sox & Paw Sox baseball games
Rock wall
Yoga
Zumba dance class

Arts & Culture
Access to art studio
Beading
Ceramics
Crafts
Knitting
Painting
Music performances and plays in New York, Boston, and Worcester

Outdoor Adventures
Canobie Lake Park
Canoeing and kayaking
Fishing
Hiking
Ice skating 
Rock climbing
Six Flags
Skiing
Snow tubing
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Swimming
White water rafting




Trips
Apple and pumpkin picking
Boston – North End, Faneuil Hall, Duck Tours, Fenway Park
Bowling
Laser tag
Local harvest festivals
Mall trips
Miniature golf
Movie trips
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Providence, RI
Restaurant trips
Rollerskating

Community Service
Cardboard Tent City
Care packages for soldiers
Cradles to Crayons
Make-a-Wish Project
Walk for the Cure
Walk for Hunger

On Campus
Building a canoe
Cooking
Dances
Dodgeball tournament
Dorm Olympics
Hoop Fest basketball tournament
“Iron Moose” cooking competition
Karaoke night
Movies on the quad
Sports: basketball, tennis, football

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I sign up for weekend activities?

    Activities for the coming weekend are announced on Wednesdays and students are invited to sign up. Most activities are planned so that everyone can participate if they wish. Occasionally there are events where we have to purchase a limited number of tickets in advance—then it’s first come, first served. 
  • Do I have to do every activity?

    We make sure that all boarders get involved in weekend activities, but you're allowed to choose what you enjoy. If you have a special hobby that you love, let us know, and perhaps we can plan it as a group activity. 
  • What if I have a lot of homework to do?

    Weekends at Fay are a lot of fun, but they’re also a time to prepare for the busy week ahead. Boarders participate in a Sunday study hall and a dorm and room cleanup on Sunday evening. You’ll be ready to go by Monday morning! 
  • Do I have to pay for off-campus activities?

    Typically, there is no extra charge for off-campus activities, except for overnight excursions or ski trips.