9th Grade Program

The ninth-grade program is the capstone of a Fenn education, preparing students well for their next schools. The rigorous college preparatory courses are universally accepted for credit by secondary schools, whether it’s a prep school, a private high school, or a public school. Ninth graders hold the top leadership positions and are role models for younger boys, grades 4-8. They also receive special privileges and greater freedom, and enjoy trips to Camp Caribou, Boston, and New York City.

“Ninth grade at Fenn gave me the opportunity to be a leader in academics and sports.” – Julian H. ’09 and Noble and Greenough School ’12

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Fenn graduates distinguish themselves at their chosen high schools. They often hold leadership positions in high school student government, on athletic teams and win leading roles in high school plays and drama productions. Massachusetts high schools, as well as leading schools throughout the country, report that Fenn boys are natural leaders in class and on the playing fields.

Fenn assists families with boys’ transition to high school. Each year the school hosts a panel of representatives of area independent schools for Upper School families. Then a boy and his parents meet individually with the Secondary School Counseling Director to develop his high school list. The Counseling Office continues to work with the family throughout the application process. 

Senior Reflections

What means a lot to me? Is there an experience that changed my life?

Senior Reflections are a ninth grade class tradition. They are an opportunity for boys to build confidence in public speaking and to develop leadership skills by sharing thoughts about what is important to them in front of their assembled classmates, teachers, and Fenn staff members.

The boys reflect on a significant person in their lives, or talk about a passion, a journey--whether literal or figurative--that they have taken, or an experience that has taught them a valuable lesson. They are encouraged to look inward to share something meaningful about themselves.

Each speaker stands and delivers on his topic for two to three minutes in the Meeting Hall during All School Meeting. He may use notes, but should not read from them. “We want the boys to talk from the heart,” says Upper School Head Dave Irwin, “and make a connection with their audience.
Fenn faculty advisors help the boys prepare and rehearse their reflections, which are presented throughout the year, usually on Fridays.



Senior Projects

One year Seniors built a replica of Thoreau's Cabin on The Fenn School campus for their Senior Project. Read more



Watch Senior Videos

A Senior Reflection Video

Recent Senior Reflections

Senior Grease Car Project

One school year, in the Headmaster’s garage, on alternate Tuesday afternoons after sports and on an occasional Saturday morning, a technological transformation began taking place. As part of the School’s sustainability efforts, a group of ninth graders converted a 2001 Jetta diesel-field sedan into a “grease car” that burns used vegetable oil. Watch the youtube video of the project. 

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9th Grade Poetry Slam

Every year on the day before March break, the 9th graders come together for an entire morning of poetry.

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An Independent Day School
for Boys Grades 4-9

516 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742

Tel: (978) 369-5800 Email:  info@fenn.org

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