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21 Boston-Area Private Schools Now Enrolling New Students

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Shifting the entire school experience to a virtual one this past spring took resilience, ingenuity, and a whole lot of patience, but the Boston region’s private schools stepped up to the task. With so much uncertainty, now is the right time to find a school where your child will thrive, whether in-person or online. On the following pages, discover some of the region’s top schools and programs for students of all ages.

Austin Preparatory School

Austin Preparatory School is an independent, Augustinian Catholic school serving young men and women in grades 6 through 12. The school is proud of their tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, and is committed to fostering an educational environment focused on exemplary teaching and learning. In keeping with their Augustinian values veritas, unitas, and caritas–meaning truth, unity, and love–Austin Preparatory School invites you to learn more about their community and join them on the Austin Prep journey. Reading, MA | 781-944-4900

Bay Farm Montessori Academy

Bay Farm Montessori Academy is an independent Montessori school in Duxbury, Massachusetts serving children from all across the South Shore, ages 12 months to 14 years. Bay Farm offers strong academic programs rooted in Montessori philosophy that inspire children to grow with joy, purpose, and compassion. Students enjoy a robust academic program that includes an emphasis on art, music, drama, library, outdoor learning, STEM, agriculture, PE, and world language. The school’s well-rounded academic curriculum and hands-on learning provide the skills and experience that enable its students to emerge as self-confident learners and leaders upon graduation. Duxbury, MA | 781-934-7101

British International School of Boston

British International School of Boston (BISB) goes beyond traditional education to transform learning for students from toddlers through high school and provides opportunities that children cannot get anywhere else. BISB’s international curricula are enriched through collaborations with MIT, the Juilliard School, and UNICEF. Global activities, expeditions, and experiences broaden students’ horizons and expand their understanding. At BISB, each child’s academic success is rooted in acclaimed international curricula presented by exceptional faculty. The high school culminates in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), offering a pathway to top-tier U.S. and international colleges and universities. Children will experience individualized learning with support and challenge, allowing them to achieve their best. Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA | 617-522-2261

The Chestnut Hill School

The Chestnut Hill School (CHS) is an independent, coeducational elementary school, for children starting age three through grade 6. CHS educates students in a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing community where learning is infused with meaning, purpose, and joy. Believing students do their best when they feel a sense of belonging, CHS builds caring relationships and a strong home-school partnership. As leaders in early childhood and elementary education, they believe these three pillars are interconnected and create a unique community of intellectually curious, culturally competent, and self- empowered individuals who embrace challenge, lead by example, and change the conversation. Chestnut Hill, MA | 617-566-4394

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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. The Academy’s college preparatory program ensures a transformative experience for individuals at every
level. Outstanding teaching, enriched by a remarkable breadth of offerings, allows students to discover a passion for learning and build skills for college and beyond. As a pioneer in learning support, Cushing meets students where they are and provides them with a powerful toolkit for academic success. Outside the classroom, a long-standing tradition of athletic excellence and expansive visual and performing arts programs round out the opportunities for a range of students to thrive in this supportive, diverse, and community-oriented environment. Ashburnham, MA | 978-827-7000

Dedham Country Day School

For 117 years, the power of connection has fueled Dedham Country Day School (DCD). The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified how central relationships and community are to providing a learning experience that is meaningful, challenging, inclusive, and engaging all while prioritizing well-being. Though school may look a bit different this fall, their ability to deliver a DCD education reflective of their mission remains unchanged—they are ready and resilient. Whether on-campus or in a hybrid form, students from pre-K to grade 8 will have access to a program that embraces academics, arts, athletics, and service-learning. Please visit DCD’s website for information on pandemic planning, programming, and virtual admissions events. Dedham, MA | 781-329-0850

Dexter Southfield School

Dexter Southfield is an independent, college-preparatory day school for boys and girls in pre-K through grade 12, located just five miles from downtown Boston. The school consists of three divisions—lower, middle, and upper—all learning together on one beautiful campus. Through time well-spent there, students are provided a foundation for excellence as they gain the character, confidence, and compassion to become leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens prepared to achieve their personal best through every stage of life. Brookline, MA | 617-751-3600

The Fessenden School

The Fessenden School in West Newton is more than an independent day and boarding school for boys in pre-K through grade 9. It’s the perfect intersection of tradition and innovation. It’s a place where tried-and-true educational techniques are woven seamlessly into a STEAM-inspired, passion-based curriculum. It’s a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing community with faculty that provide the individual support children need to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Fessenden also has the distinction of being one of only 12 schools in the world invited to partner with NuVu—an innovation school founded by MIT graduates—to deliver a program that encourages students to be creative problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and global citizens. West Newton, MA | 617-630-2300

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International School of Boston

The International School of Boston (ISB) is an independent, nonprofit school serving students from ages two through grade 12. The French-English bilingual and international school is located in a vibrant, metropolitan area. As a world-class, accredited academic institution, ISB places the development of the bilingual brain at the heart of its mission. ISB students graduate with an American high school diploma and choose between two internationally renowned diplomas, the French or the International Baccalaureate, giving them the opportunity to thrive at leading universities around the world. Offering a rich experience with rigorous programs, ISB prepares its students for a lifetime of learning and service. Cambridge, MA | 617-499-1459

Kingsley Montessori School

Kingsley Montessori School engages the mind, hands, and heart of each child to nurture resilient explorers, confident learners, and empathetic citizens. A school for toddlers through grade 6, Kingsley offers a unique vision of what education can be. While their programs change to meet the needs of students, their values and core principles are enduring. Kingsley believes in connecting ideas, skills, and knowledge in new ways; thinking critically, collaboratively, and intelligently about school work. It’s about asking—not just answering—insightful questions. At Kingsley, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to learn by doing. Boston, MA | 617-226-4900

Lawrence Academy

Lawrence Academy, a coeducational independent boarding school for grades 9 through 12, is located in Groton, Massachusetts. Their mission focuses on recognizing students for who they are, inspiring them to take responsibility for who they want to become, and empowering them to take action for the greater good. The school welcomes 400 boarding and day students, and prides itself on a warm and compassionate culture. Individualized learning and empowerment is a cornerstone of the program. Lawrence Academy seeks to see students grow in knowledge, confidence, and empathy so they are able to make meaningful contributions to the world once they leave the campus. Groton, MA | 978-448-1529

Lexington Christian Academy

Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) has been a leader in Christian education for more than 75 years, serving families with students in grades 6 through 12 who value an excellent education and a commitment to faith. While many schools are deciding whether to approach the school year ahead remotely or in person, LCA has prepared a hybrid-adaptable learning model that will maximize the benefits of in-person learning while also remaining flexible and remote-ready at all times. On-campus or online, LCA students will be on track for success in school and in life. Lexington, MA | 781-862-7850

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Newton Country Day School

Since 1880, Newton Country Day School has empowered girls to be leaders in a global society. The school’s mission is rooted in the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who established Sacred Heart schools to prepare young women with the courage and confidence to transform the world. The school offers a program for girls in grades 5 through 12, with courses through the AP level. Highly motivated students and faculty of all faiths create a vibrant community distinguished by vigorous intellect, active compassion, and joyful traditions, whether students are on campus or learning from home. Arts, athletics, and a commitment to social justice enrich each student’s experience. Newton, MA | 617-244-4246

The Roxbury Latin School

Founded in 1645, and located on 117 acres in West Roxbury, The Roxbury Latin School is a small, independent day school for boys in grades 7 through 12. They are committed to the character development and rigorous academic training of each boy entrusted to them. The school’s comparatively low tuition, and its policy to admit and enroll students without regard to their parents’ ability to pay, ensures a diverse student body. In designing a vital program, Roxbury Latin is alert to what is best and most effective in educating boys, but they also dare to define what is in their best interest. They care most of all what kind of person a boy is, and they promise to know and love each boy. West Roxbury, MA | 617-477-6317

The Russian School of Mathematics

The Russian School of Mathematics is an award-winning, after-school math enrichment program. Recognized for its academic excellence and bright students by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, The Russian School of Mathematics helps students develop a deep and lifelong understanding of mathematics, and an advanced way of thinking and approaching problems. Their unique approach consists of a continuous K-12 curriculum taught by expert teachers in a classroom environment of peers who study together year after year. The fall class is now enrolling. Call for a free math evaluation at a location near you to get started. Multiple Locations | 855-MATH-855

Shore Country Day School

At Shore Country Day School, extraordinary teachers and a transformative approach to education inspire children for the rest of their lives. Deeply grounded in the liberal arts and enhanced by a curriculum-wide emphasis on inquiry and creative expression, Shore’s rich programs and caring community help each child find their spark. Whether inspired by a caring teacher or coach, finding oneself through the arts, or learning through a risk taken, students at Shore discover the excitement of experiencing the world with curiosity, compassion, and courage. Beverly, MA, 978-927-1700

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Teddy Bear Club

Founded in 1993, Teddy Bear Club was born out of the desire to layer a well-rounded academic curriculum over a socially focused preschool experience, in a bilingual French-English environment. The program’s aim is to instill confidence and self-esteem in its students while building a solid foundation for their future academic success in primary school and beyond. Teddy Bear Club is widely renowned for its long-tenured team of caring and enthusiastic teachers—all of whom are bilingual— its gorgeous campuses, its wide-ranging curriculum, and its internationally diverse student body. Teddy Bear Club has locations in West Newton and Lincoln, MA, and serves families with children 21 months through kindergarten from all over the Greater Boston area. Multiple Locations | 617-332-1611

Thayer Academy

Founded in 1877, Thayer Academy is a coed day school in Braintree for grades 5 through 12. Thayer students thrive in an environment distinguished by rigorous academics, a supportive culture, and a vibrant community. The Academy’s schedule is structured so that students do not have to choose one experience over the other; they can be performers, artists, and athletes while still being active and engaged students. In 2019, Thayer unveiled a new sports center and a new computer science and robotics wing. Easily accessible from public transportation, Thayer also offers bus routes from Boston, MetroWest, and the South Shore. Braintree, MA | 781-843-3580 

Ursuline Academy

Ursuline Academy is an independent Catholic school for young women in grades 7 through 12, conveniently located close to Route 128 in Dedham, MA. Their comprehensive curriculum ensures that students will emerge as strong writers, persuasive speakers, and analytical thinkers. Students’ appetite for exploration will be satisfied by a broad range of elective courses, including those in the sciences, visual and performing arts, and technology. Steeped in an environment of encouragement and faith, students emerge as women of integrity who engage in their communities with purpose. With 17 AP courses, 14 sports, and a wide range of clubs and travel experiences, Ursuline is large enough to challenge students, yet small enough to know them. Dedham, MA | 781-326-6161

Wellan Montessori School

Wellan Montessori School is an independent school for students ages 15 months through eighth grade. Wellan students benefit from a unique balance of freedom and responsibility offered by the school’s progressive Montessori curriculum, which promotes both individually paced academic progress and collaborative project-based learning. Graduates demonstrate strong executive functioning skills that enable them to succeed at top public and independent schools in the Greater Boston area. Empathy, community service, innovation, and social justice are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Located in Newton Centre, the school draws students from diverse backgrounds in surrounding communities. Financial assistance is available. Newton Centre, MA | 617-969-4488

Worcester Academy

Worcester Academy is a coeducational, independent day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12, and postgraduates. Through an innovative and thoughtfully designed curriculum, Worcester Academy instills students with a lifelong passion for learning and a foundation of core values that enable them to achieve as leaders and world citizens. Worcester takes pride in its diverse local and international community and situates its curriculum within a global, multicultural context that helps students develop the independence, confidence, and world-readiness they need to succeed in college and beyond. Worcester, MA | 508-754-5302