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

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Welcome to Fay!

We are delighted to welcome you to Fay School and our community of students, parents, teachers, and staff from many different towns and countries around the world. We are sure you have many questions about “what happens next?” The information in this section of our web site will guide you through some important next steps as well as help you prepare for the first day of school.

Please check back in the spring and summer months as we add new details about the opening of school.

Fay has a number of events and programs in place to help new families become more familiar with our community and get to know other Fay families. Our programs include the New Family Mentor Program, Popsicle playdates for our Primary School students, the New Student Picnic, and Orientation Day. Throughout the summer months, we will also send you direct email communications to keep you updated about the Opening of School in September. Please reach out to your Division office at any time if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

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List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Will there be orientation for new families?

    Fay ensures that new families have the information and support they need to smooth the transition to their child’s new school. In June, the Popiscle Play Date is a fun opportunity for new Primary School families to meet with current Fay parents and students. In late summer, the New Student Picnic invites new parents and students to meet and mingle with teachers and current parents. Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 5, will include opportunities for all families to meet with teachers and advisors, and then join returning families for the All School Family Picnic. 
  • When should new students arrive on campus?

    New students and their families are invited to attend welcome and orientation meetings on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, just prior to the All School Family Picnic. The detailed schedule for the day will be posted during in August. Boarding students should plan to arrive on campus between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on September 5.
  • When does the school day begin and end?

    The drop off time is 7:45 a.m. for all day students. Primary and Lower School classes begin at 8:00 a.m., and Upper School morning meeting or advisory start at 7:50 a.m. 

    The school day ends at 3:00 p.m. for students in Primary School through grade four. 

    The school day ends at 4:15 p.m. for grades five and six students and at 4:30 p.m. for grades seven through nine. 

    Pick-up times may be later, depending on athletic games schedules. Details of daily arrival and dimissal locations are listed under Parent Resources.
  • When will I know what dorm my child is in and what to bring?

    Boarding students will learn which dorm they have been assigned when they check-in on Orientation Day, Tuesday, September 5.

    Packing lists and travel information for boarding students are available on the Boarding Parents Information page.
  • How can I get involved as a new parent?

    The Parent’s Association is an excellent resource for new families, and there are many volunteer opportunities for parents to become more involved in life at Fay. Please go to the Parent’s Association page for more information. 

    During the first few months of school, grade-level Parent Coffees are informal gatherings with teachers and division heads where parents can learn more about their child's daily school day and upcoming events. Monthly Open Parent Meetings are opportunities to learn more about a particular topic of interest to parents. Please check the school calendar for the list of dates for all of these events.
  • What about grades and report cards?

    Fay School operates on a trimester calendar: Fall, Winter, and Spring term. Grades and report cards are posted on the password protected MyFay web site and may be found by going to your chld’s profile page. Parents will be notified via the weekly E-News when grades and report cards are available; the schedule is different for Primary, Lower and Upper School.
  • When are parent/teacher conferences?

    Primary and Lower School parents and students will be able to meet with their homeroom teachers and homevisors on Tuesday, September 6. Information about how to book an appointment will be mailed to parents in August.  

    Primary School parent/teacher conferences are scheduled in January and May. Lower School student conferences are scheduled in May. Upper School student led conferences are scheduled in October.
  • When will my child meet his or her advisor?

    Upper School students are assigned an advisor at the beginning of the school year. New students will meet their advisor during orientation on Tuesday, September 5. 
    Your child's advisor is the best resource for updates on how your child is progressing in school. He or she can help answer questions about academic life, dorm life, your child's schedule, and any information you may need throughout the school year.
  • When will I know my child's schedule?

    Students schedules will be available on the first day of classes. Parents will be able to view their child's schedule  when they log into MyFay. New parents will be able to log into MyFay towards the end of August.


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Your Contacts at Fay

General Questions: 508-490-8250

Questions about Smart Tuition Payments and Billing:
Sterling Fitzgibbons:

Primary School Office

Lower School Office

Upper School Office

Registrar’s Office

Residential Life Office

Questions about Visas for International Students
Lauren Smith

Health Office

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