School History

A Reflection on Roger Fenn



Educator Roger C. Fenn opened The Fenn School in 1929. His goal was to provide boys with the individual attention they need to become responsible, caring, and well-educated young men.

“Each boy receives guidance and support in accepting a continuing and growing responsibility to himself, to his fellow students, to his school, and to the larger community.” – Roger C. Fenn, Founder of The Fenn School

Roger C. Fenn

Mr. Fenn put in place many of the principles that define the school and its approach to education. He recognized the importance of understanding young boys—their enthusiasm, rich imaginations, and need to have places as responsible individuals within a larger community. He used that understanding to educate “the whole boy,” as the school does today.

Fenn’s traditions build a sense of community among students and faculty. At All School Meetings, all boys are encouraged to stand and share their ideas and announcements. Incoming fourth and fifth graders are assigned "big brothers," who become their friends, mentors, and role models. Throughout the school year there are many highlights, including the W.W. Fenn Public Speaking Contest and the Hector J. Hughes Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

The Fenn School is deeply rooted in Concord, Massachusetts culture and history, providing unparalleled learning opportunities compared to other independent schools. English classes study the works of Concord writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Alcotts. History classes visit Minuteman National Historical Park and see Paul Revere’s famous lantern at The Concord Museum.


A silent film with scenes of Roger, Eleanor, Abbott, Dedie, and Margot Fenn at Fenn School in the very early years.





Photos from the Archives of Fenn



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An Independent Day School
for Boys Grades 4-9

516 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742

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