I’m pleased to introduce you to Fay School. Our program for Kindergarten through grade nine offers a rich array of academics, arts, and athletics in a setting that inspires excellence and a love for learning.
Founded in 1866, Fay was the first junior boarding school in the United States. One of the first notices published by the school stated: “It is the earnest endeavor of the teachers to lay a foundation for education in its broadest sense.” This brief statement of purpose formed the basis of an educational philosophy that has remained consistent throughout the School’s history: to provide the foundation for a meaningful life.
This simple yet powerful concept has guided the School over time and remains at the heart of Fay’s identity. We believe strongly in our foundational role, and our dedicated faculty are experts in equipping our students with the essential tools that will facilitate their success in secondary school and beyond: strong academic skills, a spirit of inquiry, cross-cultural competence, creativity, poise, empathy, and grit.
When you visit our campus, you’ll see that our students embrace traditions that connect our community across generations—such as our dress code, family-style meals in our Dining Room, and our emphasis on manners and respect. You’ll meet members of our global community, which is composed of students from across the United States and 20 countries. You’ll experience the excitement of being in the classroom with teachers whose innovative lessons challenge and inspire.
Most importantly, you’ll witness the exuberance of our students, who thrive in a web of supportive faculty, coaches, and advisors, and who find joy in striving to be their best selves.
I look forward to welcoming you to our campus.
Rob Gustavson, Head of School