Pre-K–Grade 4
Apply

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Fessenden. Our admissions processes and timelines vary slightly by entry grade. For additional application details, please select the entry grade for which you are applying. Also, complete an Inquiry Form to get more information about Fessenden. Or, Apply Now if you are ready to begin your application process.

Grade-Specific Guidelines

List of 4 items.

  • Pre-K

    Students entering Pre-Kindergarten should be 4 years old by September 1st.

    Fessenden’s Pre-K program recognizes each boy’s unique learning style and developmental stage. The following offerings are available. (Note that parents do not need to select an option until their child receives an offer of admission.)
    • Full-Day Pre-K Option
    • Blended Pre-K Option (two full days, three half days)
    • Half-Day Pre-K Option
    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit and a small group visit for their son. Campus visits begin after October 1st. All parental visits must be completed by February 1st.
    2. Pre-Kindergarten Candidates are required to attend a small group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to listen to a story, play and interact with peers. This visit lasts about two hours. Representatives from our Parents' Association will be available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit. 
    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee (required and due by February 1st).
    4. Submit Transcript Release Form to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1st).
    5. By December 1st, provide current teacher with the student evaluation form and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to “The Fessenden School” (required and due by February 1st).
    6. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1st.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications on February 1st, and a decision will be sent to parents in writing on March 10.

    Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1st deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10.
  • Kindergarten

    Students entering Kindergarten should be 5 years old by September 1st.

    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit and a one-on-one and small group visit for their son. Campus visits begin after October 1st. 

    2. Kindergarten Candidates are required to attend a group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to listen to a story, play and interact with peers.  This visit lasts about an hour and a half and representatives from our Parents' Association are available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit.
    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee (required and due by February 1st).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1st).

    5. By December 1st, provide current teacher with the student evaluation form and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to “The Fessenden School” (required and due by February 1st).

    6. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1st.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications on February 1st, and a decision will be sent to parents in writing on March 10.  

    Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1st deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10.
  • Grades 1-3

    Grades 1-3 are not typical entry points for Fessenden, however there are occasional openings so we encourage you to begin the admissions process.
    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a parental campus visit. Campus visits begin after October 1st. 

    2. Schedule a candidate visit. Each candidate will visit a classroom and experience a typical day in the life of a Fessenden student. The visit will also include an individual assessment with a member of our Lower School Admissions team. Dress code for Grade 1 visitors is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants and sneakers; coat, tie, chino/khaki pants and non-sneaker shoes for Grades 2 and 3.

    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee (required and due by February 1st).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1st).

    5. By December 1st, provide current teacher with the appropriate student evaluation form (Grade 1 evaluation form or Grades 2-5 evaluation form) and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to “The Fessenden School” (required and due by February 1st).

    6. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1st.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications after February 1st, and a decision will be sent to parents in writing on March 10.  

    Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1st deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10.
  • Grade 4

    1. Parents submit the online inquiry form and call the admissions office at (617) 630-2300 to schedule a campus visit for both parent and candidate. During the visit parent(s) and candidate tour the campus. Following the tour, parent(s) will meet with a member of the Lower School Admissions team while the candidate completes an individual assessment. Campus visits begin after October 1st. Candidate dress code for the visit is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants and sneakers.

    2. 4th Grade candidates must participate in a group visit day in December or January with approximately ten other boys. These group visits are conducted by members of our admissions team and teachers. They provide your son with an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities with peers and gain a sense of the Fessenden student experience. This visit lasts about two hours. Representatives from our Parents' Association will be available to share their experiences and answer questions while your son participates in his visit. Dress code for the visit is a collared shirt, chino/khaki pants and sneakers. 
    3. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee (required and due by February 1st).

    4. Submit Transcript Release Form to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1st).

    5. By December 1st, provide current teacher with the student evaluation form and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to “The Fessenden School” (required and due by February 1st).

    6. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1st.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications after February 1st, and a decision will be sent to parents in writing on March 10.  

    Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1st deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10.
© 2015 The Fessenden School. All Rights Reserved.
The Fessenden School
250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 964-5350

Get Directions