The Fessy Den Blog

The New and the Tried and True

We recently asked Dan Kiley, one of Fessenden’s most beloved and longest-tenured faculty members, to share his thoughts on the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. For me, the opening of a new school year always conjures feelings of excitement mixed with trepidation and anxiety. After nearly forty years of teaching, I still get “butterflies”...
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4 Ways to Give Your Kids a Great Education Without Leaving Boston

Do you really have to leave Boston as soon as your first child turns four? For families throughout the city, it’s an agonizing choice. You love Boston: the diverse, walkable neighborhoods; the restaurants, museums, and endless things to do; the rich history. This is the city you call home. But some things are even more...
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3 Signs Your Son is Too Smart for His Middle School


When are good grades not good enough? When your son is bored in school. When the material is too easy, doesn’t challenge or engage them, gifted middle school boys tend to coast on their smarts. They may slack off on their homework, put the minimum amount of effort into class projects, and stay silent during...
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2 Ways to Improve Your Private School Search


Too many private school searches begin and end within a 10-mile radius of the family’s home. Or, the private school search is limited to the top five options in whatever “best schools” ranking the family chooses to consult. The truth is, when you’re looking for a private school to start your child in kindergarten or...
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