The Fessy Den Blog

2 Developmental Areas The Fessenden School Looks at in Pre-K Applicants

At 3 and 4 years old, children don’t have transcripts to review. How can you possibly determine readiness in pre-kindergarten applicants? At The Fessenden School, the pre-K admissions process was designed not to judge individual applicants, but to create a class. As Margaret Kelly, Director of Lower School Admissions, explains, her team’s mission is to...
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The Truth About Academic Redshirting

Your child will turn 5 this summer. It’s not a bad time for a birthday party; the kids can run around outside, play in the pool, enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. But for many parents, the fun of a summertime birthday is overshadowed by an agonizing decision. Do you start your son in kindergarten...
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3 Things You Can Learn About Educating Young Boys – A Male Early Education Teacher’s Perspective

Male teachers are a rarity in American elementary schools, in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten education, especially. According to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the more than 600,000 preschool and kindergarten teachers in the U.S. in 2014, less than three percent were men. So, as a male kindergarten teacher, Fessenden’s Keith Fortier...
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Designed For Play: How Fessenden’s New Playground Helps Boys Learn

When visiting families see the new playground at The Fessenden School, one thing stands out right away: It doesn’t look anything like a playground—not the ones they grew up with, anyway. Fessenden’s playground has no slides, swings, or monkey bars. In fact, it has nothing you would recognize as traditional playground equipment. “A traditional playground...
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4 Skills That Will Help Your Son Do Well in Kindergarten

Whether your son is starting kindergarten at 5 or 6, that fateful day will be here faster than you think. You know you’ll never be truly prepared to let him go but you want to make sure he’s ready. Kindergarten brings with it all kinds of new experiences, expectations, and interactions for your son. It’s...
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3 Reasons to Give Single-Sex Pre-K a Second Chance

Your quest to find the pre-kindergarten program in the Boston area that fits your son perfectly has stalled. Nothing seems quite right. Is it time to give up or compromise? Before you relax your standards, we suggest taking a second look at a category of pre-K programs you may have dismissed out of hand when you...
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Why Private School Transportation Is Easier Than You Think

You have enough trouble just getting to work—especially if you live in an area like Boston, with some of the worst traffic in the country. The prospect of dropping your son off at a private kindergarten program in another town, adding another stop to your already headache-inducing commute, is hardly appealing. The kindergarten program might...
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