Frequently asked questions
+ HOW DO WE GET TO FENN?
Fenn is located close to Boston, in historic Concord, Massachusetts, near Routes 2 and 128. We also offer a bus program for a number of towns. Fenn students from Concord are able to use the public school buses for transportation to and from Fenn on most days.
+ WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO APPLY?
Fenn's primary and middle school admissions season runs from late September to late January. All appointments, testing, and written materials must be complete by the end of January.
Decisions are made by the March 10th notification date. While applications are welcome throughout the September-January time period, there are advantages to applying earlier in the season. The weather is better for touring campus, and there is more time for appointments, which are easier to secure. There is no advantage in applying later in the season.
+ WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A CANDIDATE?
There is a $80 fee to apply to the Fenn School. If this fee At Fenn we strive to educate the "whole boy," and therefore we consider "the whole boy," in making admissions decisions.
We are not looking for particular test scores. Instead we ask if the boy has the intellectual potential and academic readiness to succeed at Fenn. We take into account all aspects of a boys admissions materials in making our decisions. No one piece of information, or moment in time, makes or breaks a child's prospects for admission.
+ HOW DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION?
Your first step in applying to Fenn is to contact the admissions office and schedule a tour of campus with your son. Tours usually take an hour and offer applicants a chance to visit classrooms while in session, meet faculty, and gain a general understanding of the daily life of a Fenn school student.
+ WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW?
The purpose of the interview is to let us get to know your son. We begin by asking him questions about his current school and the activities he enjoys.
Once he is relaxed, we move into the testing portion of the interview, which involves assessment of the student’s learning profile through online exercises and games.
We try to make this a pleasant and low-key experience, and we advise parents to take the same approach.
+ CAN PARENTS TALK ABOUT THEIR SON WITH THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE?
Yes. We do not have a formal parent interview, but we always welcome conversation, comments, and questions. While this can occur formally or informally at any point during the admission process, we work to sit and discuss educational goals and answer your questions while your son is interviewing. Please also feel free to call anytime throughout the year or admissions process.
+ WHAT IS THE INTENSIVE LANGUAGE PROGRAM?
The Intensive Literacy Program (ILP) strengthens language learning skills for students with good intellectual potential and challenging learning style differences. Only eight boys are selected from a large pool of applicants each year to enter the fourth-grade ILP classroom. The program is carefully designed to support boys with a specific learning style profile.
The small classes and specialized teaching methods appeal to many parents of boys with educational, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The Director of Admissions and Financial Aid can help you determine if your son might be a good match for the ILP. Please contact Amy Jolly at (978) 318-3608 no later than January 16.
+ DOES FENN HAVE A DRESS CODE?
Yes. We believe that appropriate attire sets the tone for seriousness of purpose and respect for the school community. Boys wear tailored pants with a zipper and hem. Their shirts must have collars and be worn tucked in at the belt. Hats and outdoor jackets must be removed indoors. In the winter boys are allowed to wear hooded sweatshirts, keeping the hoods down inside school buildings. Neatness and cleanliness are the definitive standards for dress at Fenn.
+ WHERE DO FENN STUDENTS COME FROM?
Many parents ask about the odds of admission if their son is not a sibling, legacy, or from a private school. In fact, between two-thirds and three-fourths of admitted boys have no prior connection to Fenn. Our students come from many different schools and hail from over 40 cities and towns in the Boston metropolitan area.