Pre-K through Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Parents

New to Fay

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 Families’ 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!

Next Steps

List of 4 items.

  • Make Smart Tuition Payments

    New parents will receive an email from Sterling Fitzgibbons in the Business Office explaining how to setup and then access Smart Tution accounts in order to make tuition payments. Please go to: parent.smarttuition.com and click on "first time user". Enter your unqiue Smart Tuition ID that was included in the email from Sterling Fitzgibbons and one of the other pieces of information requested (email address or telephone number). After you have hit 'submit', you will then be able to log in to your Smart Tuition account, review your tuition invoice, chose a payment method, and make your payment online. 

    If you are sending money internationally, you may also choose to send funds directly to Fay School by going to FlyWire at fayschool.flywire.com If you have any questions about Smart Tuition or the registration process, please contact Sterling Fitzgibbons at sfitzgibbons@fayschool.org of 508.490.8214
  • Return 2017-2018 Student Health Forms

    All new and returning students must complete updated health forms and provide immunization records. Students will not be permitted to attend classes or participate in athletics until Health Forms are returned. Please click below to download the 2017-2018 Health Forms.
    Click here for Health Forms in ENGLISH
    Click here for Health Forms in CHINESE
    Click here for Health Forms in KOREAN
    Click here for Health Forms in SPANISH

  • Request final transcripts (grades 3 through 9)

    If your child is entering grades three through nine in this fall, please give a copy of the Records Release Form to your child’s current school to request that a transcript be mailed directly to Fay School. Click here to download the Records Release Form
  • Impact Concussion Baseline Test (grades 5 through 9)

    Students are required to complete the Impact Concussion Baseline Test prior the start of the school year. Students who took the test in the current school year must repeat the test on an annual basis in order to establish a new baseline. Download instructions for completing the test. Please contact Athletic Trainer Jeff Farrell if you have any questions at jfarrell@fayschool.org

Preliminary 2017-2018 Information for Boarding Students

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  • Packing Lists

    Please click here to download a copy of the recommended packing list for boarding students. Items required for the dorm and the classroom can be easily purchased once you arrive to campus at local stores or at the Fay School Store. During the first few weeks of school, there will also be many off-campus trips on the weekends for students to shop for supplies and necessities. 

    Please be sure to label all clothing and personal items, including calculators, athletic gear, and electronics.  

    Storage space in the dorms in limited, so please avoid bringing excessive baggage. Student comfort and organization is improved in dorms when clutter is minimized. Luggage should be lightweight and soft for easy transportation and storage. Any belongings sent to the school in advance should be addressed as follows:

    Student name and grade
    Fay School
    48 Main Street
    Southborough, MA 01772
  • Transportation Services

    If you are unable to pick up or drop off your child for a vacation, we offer the following transportation services:

    • Transportation to/from Boston Logan Airport 
    • Transportation to/from New York JFK Airport 
    • Car service to a location other than an airport 
    • A bus to Midtown Manhattan (not available at the start or end of the school year)

    All of the transportation services offered are coordinated by outside companies in conjunction with the Residential Life Office. Families will be responsible for the cost of the services incurred. All transportation charges will be applied to the child’s Smart Tuition account.
  • Travel Dates: planning your child's travel to and from Fay

    Please use the dates listed to below to plan your child's travel to and from campus for the 2017-2018 school year. Campus is closed during vacation periods, and students must return home during these periods or make alternate plans to be off campus during these periods.

    2017-2018 School Year Arrival and Departure Dates

    Arrival:
    September 5, 2017
    Dorms open at 9:00 a.m.
    New students should check-in between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., and returning students no later than 1:00 p.m.
    Departure: June 9, 2018All Upper School students are expected to attend Commencement. Departure should be scheduled between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m.

    Vacation Travel Dates

    Thanksgiving Winter vacationMidwinter WeekendMarch vacation 
    Depart Fay after 2:20pm on these datesNovember 17, 2017December 15, 2017February 15, 2018March 9, 2018
    Latest departure date and time for international students is 12 noon on these datesNovember 18, 2017December 16, 2017February 16, 2018March 10, 2018
    Return to campus between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. on these datesNovember 27, 2017January 2, 2018February 19, 2018 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2018

FAQ

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, Popiscle Play Dates are fun opportunities 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 availablle under Parent Resources: Boarding Student Information
  • 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.

Your Contacts at Fay

Reception
General Questions: 508-490-8250

Questions about Smart Tuition Payments and Billing:
Sterling Fitzgibbons: sfitzgibbons@fayschool.org
508-490-8214

Primary School Office
508-490-8260

Lower School Office
508-490-8233

Upper School Office
508-490-8243

Registrar’s Office
508-490-8241

Residential Life Office
508-490-8245

Questions about Visas for International Students
Lauren Smith
508-490-8358

Health Office
508-490-8271

Technical Support
508-490-8249