2019–2020 Guide to Boston-Area Schools

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Open houses, application deadlines, the right fit, OH MY!

If you are going through the daunting task of trying to pick a preschool or a private school, we’re here for you! We’ve put together a fantastic list of preschools and private schools in Boston and beyond. There’s something for everyone here, and we hope it helps you figure out what is best for you and your family!

The Fessenden School

The Fessenden School in West Newton, MA, is more than an independent day and boarding school for boys in pre-K–grade 9. It’s the perfect intersection of tradition and innovation. A place where tried and true educational ‭techniques are woven seamlessly into a STEAM-inspired, passion-based curriculum. A diverse, inclusive, and nurturing community that emphasizes academic excellence and character development. 

Parents recognize faculty for understanding how boys learn best. Fessenden also has the distinction of being one of only 12 schools worldwide invited to partner with NuVu (an innovation school founded by MIT graduates) to prepare students for the technology-driven world they will inherit. Don’t miss Fessenden’s open house on Saturday, October 5, from 1–3 p.m.

250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA


Delphi Academy

At Delphi Academy, class sizes are just right, allowing plenty of individual attention for your child. Personalized education programs with an emphasis on practical application enhance your child’s learning. Delphi Academy of Boston is a private, independent, coeducational, non-sectarian day school offering a preschool through eighth-grade. Academics focus on providing students with a solid grounding in the basics, a rich and challenging hands-on curriculum, and the ability to study purposefully and independently. The campus is located south of Boston in the town of Milton. Children may enroll as early as 2 years and 9 months in the preschool program.

564 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA


Bright Horizons

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Preschool is a big year. Bright Horizons has designed its program to give you complete confidence in every aspect of your child’s experience, from health and safety to ready-for-school curriculum to the full support of experienced teachers. Just as important, Bright Horizons’ program is based on what research says best prepares children for kindergarten… and all the big steps ahead. Registration is taken on a rolling basis. Schedule a visit today.


Cambridge Ellis School

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Cambridge-Ellis School is an independent, non-profit school offering part-time and full-time early education for toddlers and preschool-age children. Cambridge-Ellis provides a warm, stimulating, early school experience in a joyful, loving environment built upon a foundation of trusting relationships with a diverse group of children and families. Cambridge Ellis promotes the optimal development of the whole child through a creative, play-based, and emergent curriculum; an emphasis on arts and outdoor play; and immersion language offerings in Spanish, Mandarin, and French. Visit an open house on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. to learn more!

80 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA


Tenacre Country Day School

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Tenacre is a welcoming coed school and community for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Our Wellesley location is easily accessible from many metro Boston communities. Tenacre’s mission is simple and to the point: Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day. The school’s small size, team-teaching approach, and firm commitment to the elementary years all contribute to Tenacre’s success, as does an attentiveness to every facet of every child: academic, emotional, social, and moral. Tenacre wants to do more than raise test scores — they want to expand horizons, stoke curiosity, and build character.

78 Benvenue Street
Wellesley, MA 02482


Epstein Hillel School

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Epstein Hillel School is the Jewish independent school north of Boston educating children in grades K–8. Epstein Hillel offers an innovative and challenging dual-language educational experience grounded in Judaism. Epstein Hillel graduates are known for their academic achievement, strong Jewish identity, confidence, intellect, and sound moral compass. Transportation from the Boston area and tuition assistance are available.

Six Community Road
Marblehead, MA

781-639-2880 x215

Holy Name Parish School

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Holy Name Parish School, K0 – Grade 6, has a special mission that sets it apart from public schools and most other private schools. In addition to supporting a complete academic curriculum, our school is a faith community that integrates religious instruction, value formation, and faith development into the academic education of the students. The mission of Holy Name Parish School is an extension of the overall evangelization mission of the Catholic Church. A Catholic education at Holy Name Parish School provides: Academic Excellence, Faith & Values Formation,  A Respectful Catholic School Community and a Life Long Impact.

535 West Roxbury Parkway
West Roxbury, MA


JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School

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JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, is a premier, co-educational K–8 independent school located in Watertown. JCDS cultivates knowledgeable, passionate Jewish learners with the confidence to question, listen, understand, and change the world. Within a respectful and pluralistic Hebrew-English environment, JCDS nurtures each student’s capacity for discovery and decision-making, and serves as a model of inspiring, innovative, effective, and joyful teaching and learning. JCDS partners with parents and our broader community to raise children who move through the world with inquisitive minds borne of deep knowledge and understanding; an ethical core; a humble confidence; and a joyful Jewish spirit.

57 Stanley Avenue,
Watertown, MA


Dedham Country Day School

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Dedham Country Day School believes that balance matters — in learning and life. DCD combines academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts, athletics, and service learning create a program that is balanced and whole. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. At DCD, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence. For over 116 years, DCD has been welcoming young children, passionate teachers, and committed families to its pre-kindergarten through grade 8 learning community. Visit DCD on its 17-acre campus, just minutes from Route 128 in Dedham. 

Classroom Observations: October 11, November 13

Open House: October 27

90 Sandy Valley Rd,
Dedham, MA


Bay Farm Montessori Academy

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Bay Farm offers strong academic programs rooted in Montessori philosophy that inspire children to grow with joy, purpose, and compassion. At Bay Farm, children learn in an environment that fosters independence, curiosity, and empathy with highly trained teachers who know how to support each student’s individual learning path. Students are equipped with the confidence to challenge themselves and excitement to try new things. Serving students ages 12 months to grade 8 from all over the South Shore, Bay Farm fully integrates its challenging academic curriculum with agriculture, drama, music, and the fine arts. With limited availability at various levels, Bay Farm has rolling admissions throughout the school year.

145 Loring Street
Duxbury, MA


The Waldorf School of Lexington

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The Waldorf School of Lexington is a non-denominational private school serving students from preschool through grade 8 on a historic campus adjacent to the 185-acre Great Meadows conservation land. The Waldorf curriculum is carefully mapped to children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages—including creative free play in preschool and kindergarten, providing an unhurried and media-free school experience. In first grade, students begin an arts-integrated academic curriculum including the humanities, mathematics and sciences, two foreign languages, choral and instrumental music, visual and performing arts, and athletics. WSL also offers a biodynamic gardening program, farm and field trips, nature walks, and seasonal festivals. The school’s educational philosophy and culture instill in students respect for themselves, for each other, and the confidence to engage in a changing world. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of joyful, self-directed learning. Above all, WSL is a school where each child is seen, known, and loved. And that can change the world.

739 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA


Pine Village

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Pine Village is a highly respected Spanish immersion school for toddlers and preschoolers. Founded in 2001, Pine Village Preschool offers parents of toddlers and preschoolers a modern approach to child development. It is the program where the seeds of creativity, acceptance, and inclusion are planted and encouraged to grow.
Pine Village has 10 Boston-area schools: Brighton, Brookline, Newton Highlands, West Newton, South End, Porter Square, Kendall Square, Needham, and two in Jamaica Plain.

Brighton, Brookline, Newton Highlands, West Newton, South End, Porter Square, Kendall Square, Needham, and Jamaica Plain

Atrium School

Atrium School is an AISNE-accredited inclusive learning community where PreK–Grade 8 students are encouraged and challenged. Founded in 1982 and rooted in the Progressive Education movement, Atrium truly embodies its motto, “Excellence with Joy.” Located in the heart of Watertown’s thriving East End, Atrium students experience school as an open invitation to discover and interact with the ever-changing and multicultural world around them. Atrium graduates attend a wide range of secondary schools, both independent and public, and our alumni are thought leaders and ethical trailblazers in finance, the arts, technology, education, and nonprofit leadership, among many other professions.

69 Grove St.
Watertown, MA


KinderCare Learning Center

At KinderCare Learning Centers, we create safe, encouraging environments where kids can learn, grow, and build confidence for life. From right in the heart of downtown to all across Greater Boston, our incredible teachers make sure your child is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are. For resources, information, and activity ideas for parents and teachers of young children please visit KinderCare.com/blog.

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Fayerweather School

Founded in 1967, Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge is a PreK to grade 8 school with an emphasis on progressive education. We strive to help students connect with their own curiosity and find joy in learning. Our vibrant classrooms are filled with passionate teachers and engaged learners. We offer a thematic, project-based curriculum, challenging to social justice, and an anti-bias curriculum. We have a diverse student population, plus a co-teacher model with multi-age classrooms. Our offerings include Spanish, music, art, shop, library, and physical education. We also have generous financial aid. Our students are confident, resourceful, and enthusiastic learners.

765 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA



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