Getting to Fenn

 

Buses

PRIVATE BUSES AND VANS: Transportation to Fenn is available from many towns in the Metro-West area. Please refer to the list at the right to see the most updated list of towns that we serve. More information about our private transportation is below if you are interested.

CONCORD BUS: Through an agreement with the CPS Transportation Department, Fenn families living in Concord are welcome to use public school bus system at no charge, with the exception of public school vacations, when the buses are not in service and families will need to drive their son to school.

PARENT CARPOOLS: In addition to our transportation programs, there are a large number of active carpools available in many communities. Fenn encourages families to carpool and our office is happy to provide town-level contact lists to any family seeking to coordinate a carpool. This information is generally available starting in June.

Private Transportation Program

Routes and schedules vary by town and change from year to year based upon participation. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to returning families and round-trip riders. 

Routes operate with different schedules and can vary from year to year. Morning buses and vans arrive at Fenn no later than 8:10 a.m. Afternoon buses and vans are available at 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. 

For specific information on routes and stops or to offer bus route suggestions and feedback, please e-mail Tory Hayes, Fenn's Transportation Coordinator.

Program Cost:
Round-Trip Service is $4,160 annually, and One-Way Service is $2,870 annually. We strive to make these prices competitive. They do not cover the full cost to the school of running the shuttles. However, Fenn remains committed to keeping the program going, so every additional rider makes a significant difference in allowing the school to run the program.

Available Towns

Arlington
Bedford
Belmont
Boston
Cambridge
Dorchester
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Lincoln
Lexington
Newton
Somerville
Sudbury
Wayland
Wellesley
Weston
West Roxbury
Winchester

 

 

Other Common Questions

+ I have a new student, should I sign up?

We encourage all eligible students to register for the bus! We have riders every year as young as 4th grade. We also recognize that new and young students may wish to have their parents accompany them into the classroom on the first day of school, which is perfectly fine.

+ How can I stay connected to the school if my child takes the bus?

Fenn places a high value on parent engagement and we have many opportunities throughout the year when we welcome you to campus, including Back-to-School Nights, parent-teacher conferences, athletic contests, drama and music performances, and other special events.

+ How does the price of the bus compare to other modes of transportation?

While every family's circumstances are different, in considering whether to sign up for the bus, you should weigh the costs in gas, time, and road miles to commute to school each day.

+ If there is a problem on the bus, how will it be managed?

Any problem on the bus should be reported by a student or his parent to the appropriate Division Head. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Fenn community expectations. Riding the bus is a privilege, and students who do not meet community expectations will not be permitted to ride the bus at the discretion of the Division Heads.

+ Is there a bus monitor?

There is not a bus monitor, as adding a bus monitor would raise the cost to each family considerably. In making your choice about appropriate transportation for your child, it is important to consider whether your child will be comfortable riding on the bus without adult supervision and if he will be able to conduct himself in a manner that it is consistent with Fenn community expectations. Generally, a monitor is not needed. If the driver has difficulty with a student, s/he has been directed to inform the school’s administration, who will follow-up with the student and inform his parents.

+ Is there assigned seating on the bus?

No, but we ask that the youngest students sit in the front of the bus.

+ Who are the bus drivers and what are their qualifications?

While the bus driver may change from year to year, all drivers must have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with Special School Bus Certification. The School Bus Certification consists of passing a written exam specific to the operation of a school bus, 20 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified trainer, and passing a school bus driving test administered by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. All drivers are background checked.