Year founded: 1929
Grades served: Grades 4 through 9
Mission Statement: The guiding principle of The Fenn School is to educate boys in grades four through nine for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and integrity. Inspired by the School’s motto, Sua Sponte, each boy is valued for his unique qualities and is challenged to accept responsibility for his own learning and development, and for the well-being of others.
A balanced program of rigorous academics, athletics, and the arts enables boys to discover and expand their own talents in a personal and diverse community. Boys embark on their adolescent and secondary school years with confidence and knowledge. Honesty, respect, empathy, and courage are the moral underpinnings of boys and provide the foundation for each boy’s growth toward becoming a responsible adult.
Meaning of Sua Sponte: “On one’s responsibility.” Fenn boys often translate the school motto as, “It’s in your hands.”
The four core values: empathy, respect, courage, and honesty
Number of students: 325
Average class size: 12-16
Number of faculty: 55 full and part time (includes administrators who coach and teach)
Athletic program (four days/week): Includes football, soccer, cross-country, basketball, hockey, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, track, and tennis. Fenn competes with private schools from Greater Boston, Massachusetts, and New England.
Arts program (part of the academic curriculum): Includes music, drama, improvisation, dance, painting, photography, ceramics, woodworking, and video production