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Is Pre-K too early for single-sex education? Not according to the research. For many parents, a single-sex education makes sense for adolescents. But what about your three-, four-, or five-year-old? Will attending Pre-K at a boys’ school help or hinder their social, emotional, and academic development? Is a traditional, co-educational Pre-K program a better choice?...
At the start of 2018-2019 academic year, Fessenden established the ninth grade cohort program, an initiative designed to allow for more cross-disciplinary, project-based learning (PBL). Launch of the Ninth Grade Cohort Program In the fall of 2018, ninth grade boys were separated into groups, and each group was placed in the same English, Global Citizenship,...
The annual Lower School Food Drive is a Fessenden tradition that not only provides food for neighbors in need, but also teaches Pre-K – Grade 4 boys about the importance of helping others, and inspires all of the adults who help with the project. We thought it the perfect story to share the week before...
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the things we are thankful for is how willing Fessenden alumni are to give back to the School. This year, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Matt Nathanson ’88, returned to Fessenden and performed two shows for students and faculty. The boys also had the chance to ask Matt questions about...
Whenever possible, we share stories, written by Fessenden students, that we think would be of interest to both current and prospective families. We hope you enjoy this post written by Max de Saint-Exupery, head of the Journalism Club during his time at Fessenden, and currently attending Phillips Academy Andover. At Fessy, there are two opinions...
If you think back to your grade school experience, you probably remember learning in a self-contained classroom—a teacher-directed model in which students learn all core subjects within the same environment and study with the same peers and teacher. At some point, you switched to a different model; you began to move to separate classrooms for...
In an article titled “What Keeps School Leaders Up at Night” in the Winter 2019 issue of Independent School Magazine, K-12 educational consultant Grant Lichtman disseminated research from his interviews with more than 250 heads of school and senior administrators. Curious about the main concerns that are front-of-mind for school leaders, he set out to...
Honesty. Compassion. Respect. Fessenden’s core values serve as a solid foundation for students — from Pre-Kindergarten, all the way through to ninth grade and beyond. With these values central to their education, they begin to learn about leadership early on, in age-appropriate ways. As they grow, leadership begins to take on different meanings for different...