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The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each student’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community that, through rigor, friendship, and service, reflects Fessenden’s traditional values of honesty, compassion, and respect.


Boarding Advantage

For over 100 students, more than 40 residential life faculty members and their families, including our headmaster, Fessenden doesn’t just feel like home, it is home.

When boys choose to board at Fessenden, they cross cultural borders, sharing perspectives with students from across the US and around the world. They form strong, supportive bonds with residential life staff members who are available for advice and guidance, day or night—the same caring adults who serve as their teachers, coaches, mentors, and dorm parents.

Our weekend programming is unparalleled, with dozens of options every weekend (and more than 800 over a school year). Just 15 minutes from Boston and two hours from the mountains and lakes of rural New England, students can immerse themselves in both vibrant cultural offerings and unlimited opportunities to experience nature. Boston offers world-renowned museums, first-class music and theater, and celebrated historical sites. And we’re within driving distance to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, as well as Cape Cod and other beautiful beaches, where boys can ski, snowboard, camp, hike, fish, boat, and swim.

We’re a community, but we’re also a family, nurturing friendships and connections that begin at a young age and last a lifetime. From fun and challenging days, to family-centered evenings, to action-packed weekends, the Fessenden boarding experience is like no other.

Inclusion Statement

At Fessenden, inclusion means building a community whose spirit and purpose is based on mutual respect and care. It is vital that each member feels recognized and valued. Inclusion is an essential part of our mission to cultivate each student’s potential and develop each boy’s mind, character, and heart. We believe that differences of backgrounds, perspectives and cultures are integral to preparing boys to be successful young men in a global community. Ongoing, mindful practice of inclusion requires both individual and institutional commitment to self-examination and learning. We further our mission to be a joyfully inclusive community by aligning policies, curriculum, and decision-making to support diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is at the heart of how we treat each other in our daily interactions.