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WELLESLEY PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Dana Hall School — grades 5 – 12
45 Dana Road
Wellesley, MA 02482-9010
An independent boarding and day school for girls in grades 5-12 (boarding begins grade 9). Placing emphasis upon sound academic education and the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the School balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytic and creative thinking with concentration on the development of self-esteem, leadership, and respect for others.
Pre-school through grade 6. Built on the cornerstones of Academic Excellence, Faith Development, and Community, the mission of Saint John School is to provide each student with an education that promotes the development of the whole person within an atmosphere of Christian concern, commitment, and dedication to service.
Tenacre Country Day School — K – grade 6
Phone: 781-235-2282 | Fax: 781-237-7057A private, coed school for pre-kindergarten to grade 6. Tenacre offers a dynamic and exciting environment in which children progressively develop critical thinking skills, become confident and joyful learners, and move forward into higher education and life as caring citizens.
NATICK PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Riverbend School in South Natick hosts a true community of learners. Every member of the Riverbend community, from teachers and students to parents and other family members, is actively engaged in improving how we teach, learn, and inspire one another to embrace each new challenge.
St. Benedict Classical Academy offers a classical Catholic education for the whole child, fostering academic, moral and spiritual excellence. In uniting the Catholic tradition with classically- inspired academics, and integrating into the life of the school the virtues first learned in the family, our students gain not only knowledge, but an appreciation of education as a noble pursuit.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts — day and boarding school for grades 9 – 12
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. Unparalleled training is offered in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum.
DEDHAM PRIVATE SCHOOLS
At Dedham Country Day School (DCD) balance matters—in learning and life. DCD combines academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts and athletics create a program that is balanced and whole.
Noble and Greenough School is a rigorous academic community dedicated to inspiring leadership for the public good. Through mentoring relationships, students are motivated to achieve their highest potential and to lead lives characterized by service to others.
Ursuline Academy — grades 7 – 12
85 Lowder Street, Dedham, MA 02026
Ursuline Academy, an independent Catholic school founded in Boston in 1946, inspires students to grow in faith, explore their academic potential, lead with confidence, and help those in need. Ursuline students flourish in an environment that encourages them to become women who make a difference: women who build lives of purpose, discovering who they want to be as individuals while discerning who they are meant to be as global citizens.
DOVER PRIVATE SCHOOL
Charles River School — up to grade 8
6 Old Meadow Rd.
Dover, MA 02030
Charles River School (CRS) honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. CRS nurtures each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. CRS graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.
NEEDHAM PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Monsignor Haddad Middle School — grades 6 – 8
110 May Street, Needham, MA 02492
The Mission of Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School (MHMS) is to educate the whole person while challenging students to accept moral and communal responsibility inspired by our Catholic value system and informed through a rigorous academic and co-curricular program.
St. Joseph’s Elementary School — up to grade 5
90 Pickering Street, Needham, MA 02492
We seek God first, strive for academic excellence, share our gifts and talents, and serve each other and the world.
St. Sebastian’s School — grades 7 – 12
1191 Greendale Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
Committed to the pursuit of truth through faith and reason, St. Sebastian’s is a Catholic independent day school for 375 young men in grades seven through twelve. With an average class size of 11 and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, St. Sebastian’s offers a program of academic rigor and spiritual depth with excellence in the arts and athletics.
1968 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Walker is a non-profit special education and behavioral health organization that offers educational and clinical services for children, youth, and their families in nearly 100 communities across the Commonwealth. Children, youth and their families often arrive at Walker frightened, lonely and desperate for stability. Walker’s comprehensive evidence-based practices enable children and youth to overcome obstacles.
NEWTON PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Brimmer and May School — up to grade 12
69 Middlesex Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Brimmer and May is a PK – 12 coeducational day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas in a supportive and student-centered community. Brimmer develops lifelong learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world.
The Chestnut Hill School — up to grade 6
428 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Chestnut Hill School inspires exuberant learning, intellectual curiosity, and each child’s unique leadership style. It’s where children of all cultures, colors and affinities sit side-by-side, deciphering math equations, designing robots, playing violin. Whether age three or twelve, CHS children learn to build grit, develop empathy and explore creativity.
Clearway School — grades 7 -12
61 Chestnut Street, West Newton, MA 02465
Clearway School is a small, private, non-profit day school for students in grades 7 to 12 with language-based learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other similar special needs. Clearway accommodates a wide range of students who typically share a common theme of having difficult school experiences prior to coming to Clearway and the need for a small setting.
Dearborn Academy— grades 3 -12
575 Washington St., Newton, MA 02458
Dearborn Academy is a state-approved, special needs elementary/middle/high school. Dearborn helps students who learn differently gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve academic and social success.
The Fessenden School — up to grade 4, day school; grades 5 – 9, day and boarding
Our approach to education and supporting boys’ development is encompassed by academics, the arts, physical education, and character education. Boys achieve, grow, and develop in mind, body, and heart here, where they’re fully seen, supported, and encouraged.
Jackson Walnut Park — up to grade 6
Admin offices: 71 Walnut Park, Newton MA 02458
Walnut Park helps children learn to love God, love themselves, and love one another. Inspired for more than 50 years by the values and charism of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, the robust learning environments at Jackson Walnut Park prepare and empower students for lives of peace and service to others.
Learning Prep School — ages 8 -21
1507 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465
Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.
Mount Alvernia High School — grades 7 – 12
790 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
Mount Alvernia accepts students based on their potential: the potential quality of their character and the potential breadth of their future accomplishments. Each part of the application, from the student essay to teacher recommendations to the interview, are all of major importance in determining a candidate’s potential for success at Mount Alvernia High School.
Newton Country Day School — grades 5 -12
785 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
Founded in 1880, Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent, college preparatory school for girls. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, Newton is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which spans 41 countries and 22 cities in the United States.
Solomon Schecter Day School of Greater Boston — up to grade 8
60 Stein Circle (up to grade 3)
Newton, MA 02459
Shoolman Campus (grades 4 – 8)
125 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
Solomon Schechter is a premier Jewish independent school in the Boston area. Schechter’s rigorous academic program, dual language curriculum, Jewish values and a vibrant community foster critical thinking and a strong sense of Jewish identity. At Schechter, every child is known and understood.
Wellan Montessori School — up to grade 8
80 Crescent Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 969-4488
Fax: (617) 969-4430
Wellan Montessori School (formerly Newton Montessori School) is an independent, coeducational school serving more than 175 families and 250 children ages 15 months through grade 8. Rooted in Montessori philosophy and supported by experiential learning, our approach holds a deep respect for the individuality of each child and a strong belief in their potential.
SOUTHBOROUGH PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Fay School — K – grade 9
48 Main Street, Southborough, MA 01772
Fay School is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school, located on a 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts, and is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States. The mission of Fay School is to educate each child to his or her full potential through a broad, balanced, and challenging program that establishes a solid foundation for a productive and fulfilling life.
New England Center for Children — serves children with autism
Provides effective, evidence-based educational services to children with autism. NECC relies on the science of applied behavior analysis to help children with autism reach their greatest potential.
33 Turnpike Road, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772-2108
St. Mark’s School — grades 9 – 12, 75% boarding, 25% day
25 Marlboro Road Southborough, MA, 01772
St. Mark’s School is a coeducational, Episcopal, preparatory school, situated on 250 acres in Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles from Boston. St. Mark’s is one of the oldest private boarding schools in New England. 65 teachers lead 362 boarding and day students through a rigorous curriculum and a full program of co-curricular activities.
WAYLAND PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Veritas Christian Academy — up to grade 8
6 Loker Street, Wayland, MA 01778
Alongside parents and their churches, Veritas works to equip children with a foundation of knowledge, love, and scripture, through a Christian worldview, so they may successfully enter high school with the ability to succeed academically, while retaining and growing their faith in God and His active love in the world.
WESTON PRIVATE SCHOOLS
The Cambridge School of Weston — grades 9 -12
45 Georgian Road, Weston, MA 02493
The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW’s mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.
The Gifford School — grades 4 through high school
177 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493
The Gifford School provides educational services in a clinical milieu to students with special academic, behavioral, and emotional needs so that they may achieve their full potential. The entire school community is committed to helping students increase their self-esteem, gain academic knowledge and develop social skills.
Rivers School — grades 6 -12
333 Winter Street Weston, MA 02493
Rivers challenges students to attain their highest levels of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics. Rivers sets high standards and expect students to participate actively in their learning. Rivers is dedicated to preparing its students for leadership in a world that needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion.
The Meadowbrook School — grades jr. kindergarten – 8
10 Farm Rd., Weston, 02493
Located on a beautiful 30-acre campus, the Meadowbrook School of Weston is a co-educational independent day school for students in grades junior kindergarten through eight. At Meadowbrook, the mission is to know, love, and challenge every child.