Fessenden is a wonderful school! Our son is going into his 6th year there and we couldnt imagine him anywhere else!! They truly understand boys and we've been extremely satisfied with the academics!
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Posted by a parent on 09/14/14
The school is a hot mess. Priorities are completely out of line and they continue to sugar-coat it. The children ultimately pay the price because the faculty and staff are at a constant battle with leadership and administration. The school wants your $$$ at any and all costs. That's the bottom line.
... Read more They would rent your child out to another family if it meant more $$$ for them. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/20/14
We were pleased with our lower school experience, but the middle school is a disaster. The attractive looking campus should not seduce families into thinking that the academics are also as well tended. Teachers are not held accountable for lesson plans, there is minimal reading and writing, and students'
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Posted by a parent on 11/11/13
If you aren't a jock...forget it. Sports are king. All the teachers are jocks too.
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Posted by a other on 10/04/13
This school is terrible. I am an alumni and happy I left. Kids bully you, and the teachers do nothing, not to mention the price. Do not get involved with Fessenden.
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Posted by a other on 08/10/13
I just graduated Fessenden. It was the best experience of my life. The Staff and Faculty were great, but what was really special were the the connections that I made. Never have I been so proud of a group of people. My best friends came from that school. Whether it was raiding the teachers lounge at
... Read more midnight or going out on the roof of the dorm, I had my best times there. While the modo bringing out the best in boys might seem corny, it really is true. The only reason that I would not recommend attending Fessenden is because of how sad it is when you have to leave. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/07/12
Fessenden School has given my son a great education. Parent and Alumni Jim Michals has done a lot to help the school by providing his knowledge of a great hockey facility . The Fessenden Rink has a new facelift ! Two rinks,a synthetic treadmill, new locker rooms, and skating shop. The whole Fessenden
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Posted by a parent on 04/05/11
Just an outstanding school. They truly understand the boys and offer excellent academics as well as incredible opportunities for the boys to experience extra-curricular activities. Now that we live outside the Boston area (and are struggling to find a school 1/2 as good as Fessy for our boys), I wish
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Posted by a parent on 01/11/11
Outstanding school. Our son is so happy there. Could not ask for better. We didn't think we'd end up at an all-boys school, but now we are so happy we did. "Bringing out the best in boys" sounded like just a slogan until we got there. They really mean it. They do it!
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Posted by a parent on 10/01/10
Fessenden is a fabulous school which has done wonders for our son. He is currently entering 7th grade and has been there since Kindergarten. The academics are excellent as well as the sports program. The faculty is both caring and supportive and the small classes sizes are great for achieving personal
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West Newton schools — Fessenden School is located at 250 Waltham St, West Newton MA 02465. 250 Waltham St is in the 02465 ZIP code in West Newton, MA Fessenden School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 9.
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