Fay School

48 Main Street Southborough, Massachusetts 01772

“ You Can if You Will ”

Poteris Modo Velis

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  • Founded : 1866
  • Motto : Poteris Modo Velis (You Can if You Will)
  • Grades : Kindergarten - 9 (Boarding: 7 - 9)
  • Enrollment Gender : Co-ed
  • Tuition : Grade 7: $68,080, Grade 8: $69,830, Grade 9: $71,580
  • Mascot : Moose
  • School Color : Red, White
  • Rival School : Fessenden School

Academic Information

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  • Academic Calendar : Semesters
  • Average Class Size : 14
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:6
  • Dress Code : Yes (Formal)
  • ESL Offered : Yes

Notable Alumni

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  • Stephen Chao
    entrepreneur and media executive, former President of Fox Television, 1992; former President of USA Network, 1998-2001
  • Victor Chapman
    First American pilot killed in World War I
  • Eric Chou
    Mandopop Singer Songwriter
  • Michael D. Coe
    Yale Professor, archeologist, Mesoamerican scholar
  • Robert Daniel
    United States Representative from Virginia, 1973-1983
  • Peter Fonda
  • George Foreman III
    Boxer and entrepreneur
  • Glen Foster
    Olympic medalist, sailing, 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Topher Grace
  • C. Boyden Gray
    White House Counsel, 1989-1993, United States Ambassador to the European Union, 2006-2008
  • PNicholas Negroponte
    founder and chairman emeritus of MIT's Media Lab; founder, One Laptop per Child


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Fay School HISTORY

  • Fay school is the first junior boarding school established in the United States of America. It was founded in 1966 by Eliza Burnett Fay and Harriet Burnett. While it restricted its boarding students to boys until 1977, girls attended the school as day students throughout the late 1800s. The school in its early days was dedicated to preparing its students for secondary schools such as St. Mark’s School.

Student Life

Student Publications / Magazine

  • Fay Magazine

Signature Programs

  • Ninth Grade Program
    The Ninth Grade Program encourages ninth graders at Fay to become a leader in any capacity in the community. Examples of Ninth Grade Program activities include mentoring a younger student of leading an athletic team.
  • Public Speaking Program
    An emphasis in public speaking is a distinguishing feature of the Fay School's curriculum. Students are given opportunities to speak publicly during class or during meals. The public speaking program's central event is the annual speech competition, in which students speak about any topic that is important to them.

Interscholastic Sports

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total number: 16
Admission Tour Guides, Bell Choir, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama, Fitness Club, Golf Club, Jazz Club, MathCounts, Outdoor Adventure, Quilting, Skiing, Student Government, Swimming, Yearbook, Yoga


  • Academic Facilities:
    3,000 square-foot Innovation Lab for technology, engineering, and design thinking 2 libraries with over 18,000 books 6 dorms for boarding students
  • Athletic Facilities:
    30-acre main campus and 36-acre athletic campus, 10 fields, 8 tennis courts, 4 basketball courts, 2 outdoor heated pools, and outdoor high and low ropes courses, 2 fitness centers, indoor turf facility, and indoor rock climbing wall

Special days

  • Color Team Competition
    Students are divided into four different color teams and pitted against each other in a variety of field games.
  • Annual Speech Contest
    In The Annual Speech Contest, each student turns an essay written in their English class into a speech. Speeches are shared with the community and excellent speeches are awarded.
  • The DMW Food project
    Ninth graders in the Diagnosing the Modern World enter in a cooking competition in which their meals are graded based on taste, affordability, and sustainability.
  • Taste of Nations
    Taste of Nations is a food tasting event that encourages students to share the cuisines from home countries in all parts of the world.


School Type
25% Boarding (56 Students) and 75% Day students (167 Students)
International Student 16%
7th Grade: 71
8th Grade: 96
9th Grade: 56

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Mar. 10
Reply Date: Apr. 10

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