The school was established in 1903, incorporated in 1905, and in 1930 placed under the control and administration of a Board of Trustees.
The Fessenden School is situated in West Newton, Massachusetts, ten miles from Boston. It can be easily reached by the main line of the Boston and Albany Railroad. Newtonville is the nearest station. The school property includes about forty acres of land lying on Albemarle Road. The buildings stand on a hill and look out over the Albemarle golf course and surrounding country.
Boys are received at an early age and remain until they are ready for a secondary school. They may enter any one of the forms, but experience has proved that there is much to be gained by regular, systematic training from the earliest period of a boy's life.
The school equipment consists of the main buildings, in which are included a library, common rooms, and a gymnasium with a stage, locker rooms, showers, and two squash courts. On the school grounds are several cottages for masters and their wives. A number of the older boys, also, live in these cottages.
Memorial Hall, named in memory of the Fessenden boys who were in the World War, contains the schoolroom and ten classrooms. There are also accommodations for two masters and twenty-five boys.
Hyde Hall, the new dormitory, provides room for about fifty boys and six masters. There is an infirmary under the care of two resident nurses. The buildings are heated from a central plant. There is adequate protection against fire in all the school buildings. A sprinkler system has recently been installed.
The boys live in dormitories or cottages with the masters. During the afternoon their play is supervised. Thus at all times their whereabouts is known. They receive much personal care and individual attention. On Sunday boys attend church. They also receive, as part of the English work, Bible instruction. Evening prayers are held in the schoolroom.
The Fessenden School prepares boys for such secondary schools as Andover, Berkshire, Choate, Deerfield, Exeter, Groton, Hill, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Middlesex, Milton, Pomfret, St. George's, St. Mark's, St. Paul's, Taft and others. Intellectual power and strength of character depend upon early training and direction, which, with a sound body, become the most valuable acquisitions a boy can have. It is the aim of the school to awaken a boy's interest in his own progress and to develop in him a zeal for his work, to teach him how to study and how to think clearly, and to inculcate the principles which are to regulate his daily conduct and guide his future life.
1. The Fessenden School for Young Boys, 1934-1935, West Newton, Massachusetts, pages 7-9.