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Massachusetts Schools: A-F

As you begin your search for the right school for your child, look at as many schools as you can. Make a list of all the schools which interest you. Once you have done that, you can begin to shorten the list and visit the schools which seem to be the best match.

The Academy at Charlemont, Charlemont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school
Comments: The Academy at Charlemont is a small school offering a classical education anchored in English, Latin, history, mathematics and science. Contemporary languages are also required.

The Academy at Swift River, Cummington
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: The Academy at Swift River offers programs for adolescents who are not succeeding in traditional settings or who are having problems at home.

Academy Hill School, Springfield
Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Academy Hill allows children to develop their true potential in all things. For example, if your child is really good at math, she can work ahead at her own pace.

The Advent School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The historic Church of the Advent provided the initial space for this elementary school in the heart of Boston. Students are drawn from all over the city. They enjoy school programs enriched by the amenities Boston affords.

Applewild School, Fitchburg
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-9
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments:Applewild School has been serving north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire since 1957. The school specializes in the primary and middle school years.

Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Archbishop Williams High School offers a full college preparatory program. AWHS has AP and Honors courses as well as a Virtual High School.

Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Arlington Catholic High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers a college preparatory program with 97% of its graduates going on to college.

The Atrium School, Watertown
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Atrium School was founded in the progressive tradition. It takes advantage of its Boston location to explore and embrace its multicultural personality and diversity.

Austin Preparatory School, Reading
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Austin Preparatory School is an independent Roman Catholic school in the Augustinian Fathers tradition. The school serves the northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area.

Bancroft School, Worcester
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Bancroft School has served the Worcester area since 1902. It currently has about 575 students and occupies state of the art facilities on 30 acres.

Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Co-educational, day school
Comments: A Boston treasure since 1920, the school continues to set the pace in all aspects of middle and high school education. Beaver Country Day School is one of the nation's oldest and leading progressive schools. You won't find AP courses and other standardized tests at BCDS.

Belmont Day School, Belmont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Belmont Day School specializes in elementary and middle school education. The focus is on developing the whole child and laying strong foundations for learning in the years ahead.

Belmont Hill School, Belmont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments: Belmont Hill School offers a full array of academics including AP courses, honors courses, independent study, study abroad and study at local colleges for credit. 99% of students are day students.

The Bement School, Deerfield
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-9
School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school
Comments: The Bement School places great emphasis on its family atmosphere. In addition classes are small. You cannot avoid participation in this school.

Berkshire Country Day School, Lenox
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-9
School Type: independent, coeducational school
Comments: Berkshire Country Day School enjoys an idyllic setting in the town which is famous for Tanglewood and several other artistic events. BCDS has served the area since 1946. It specializes in elementary and middle school education.

Berkshire School, Sheffield
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Berkshire's campus is on a mountain. The mountain in many ways symbolizes Berkshire and its long commitment to responsible stewardship of the environment. The academics, sports and extracurricular activities are just what you would expect in a school of this high caliber.

Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Bishop Feehan High School serves over 40 towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The curriculum offers AP courses as well as general educational courses.

Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Bishop Fenwick High School serves the North Shore of Boston with college preparatory and other academic programs. The school was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1959.

Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Bishop Stang High School offers college preparatory and other academic courses. 95% of its graduates went on to college in 2007.

Boston College High School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Boston College High has offered a Jesuit education since 1863. This is a large school (1500 boys) with a wide range of athletics and extracurricular activities. The academics are high quality as you would expect from the Jesuits.

Boston University Academy, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational day school
Comments: Boston University Academy is a small school with very high academic achievements. The sports program is also tiny. You will have all the cultural amenities Boston affords.

Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Brimmer and May School is a small school with just over 400 students. Strong academics and a respectable athletic program are but two of the school's many appealing features.

British School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The British School of Boston opened in 2000. It is an International Baccalaureate school which caters to an international clientele of students and families.

Brooks School, North Andover
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school
Comments: Brooks School offers rigorous academics as befits a selective school. A wide range of sports including crew and hockey and lots of extracurricular activities round out the picture. 70% of Brooks students board.

Brookwood School, Manchester
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Brookwood School serves the Manchester/Beverly area. The school was founded in 1956. Currently it has about 400 students. Graduates advance to some of the best prep schools in the area and further afield.

Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Buckingham Browne and Nichols School has Boston,specifically Cambridge which is home to Harvard University, as its backyard. The school has about 1,000 students and offers rigorous academic programs as you might expect of a school in such a setting.

Buxton School, Williamstown
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Buxton School is a progressive school. You will not find standardized testing, grading and AP courses at Buxton. Instead you will find a solid focus on encouraging children to learn through discovery.

Cambridge Friends School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cambridge Friends School is the only Quaker school in Massachusetts. Diversity is very important at CFS. Antihomophobia and antiracist education are integral parts of the CFS curriculum. As you'd imagine, CFS has high quality academics taught by a highly-qualified, experienced faculty.

Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-9
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cambridge Montessori School offers the child-centered, independent, self-directed approach to learning for which Montessori schools are renowned. This school takes children right through to 9th grade which is something of a rarity for Montessori schools in the U.S.

The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: The Cambridge School of Weston is a small school in the Boston suburbs. It was founded in 1886. The academics cover a range of interests and abilities including study abroad and a couple of AP courses. The athletics offerings are strong, in particular intramural sports.

Cape Cod Academy, Osterville
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cape Cod Academy is a small school located in one of New England's most picturesque areas. The academics are serious. The school is small. Boston is an hour away.

Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cardinal Spellman High is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers strong college preparatory courses taught in a school which upholds traditional Catholic values and traditions.

The Carroll School, Lincoln
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Carroll School serves elementary and middle school students who have diagnosed language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia. The school used the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.

Catholic Memorial High, West Roxbury
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: The Christian Brothers operate Catholic Memorial High. With that imprimatur you know that your son will benefit from the high academic standards, traditional Catholic teaching and a warm, caring community of students and teachers. CMH graduates matriculate to top colleges and universities.

Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, Waltham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers programs for students diagnosed with ADD and ADHD as well as dyslexia. The school was founded in 1828 and offers a full college preparatory program.

Charles River School, Dover
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Founded in 1911 Charles River School specializes in educating elementary and middle school age children. Charles River School sends its graduates on to fine prep schools throughout New England and beyond.

The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: independent, coeducational day school
Comments: The Chestnut Hill School offers a wide array of academic and extracurricular programs. If you live in the Boston area, you need to review the arts program and the music school, to name but two of Chestnut Hill's very special offerings.

Children's Own School, Winchester
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-N
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Children's Own School is a Montessori school which serves 3-6 year olds. It follows the teachings and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and is sanctioned by the Association Montessori Internationale.

The Children’s Center for Communication, Beverly
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Children’s Center for Communication is the new name for the organization which includes Beverly School for the Deaf. It offers comprehensive programs for hear-impaired students from age 3-22. It also provides support and training for parents and families of hearing-impaired students.

The Common School, Amherst
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6.
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Common School is a progressive school. It is also a small school which makes the most of its privileged location in Amherst, one of America's great college towns.

Commonwealth School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Commonwealth School provides a wide variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. This small school aspires to the highest standards with serious course requirements for graduation.

Concord Academy, Concord
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: If ranks and prizes are important to you, then Concord Academy may not be the school for you. Genuine, student-centric learning is the hall mark of this small, New England school. About 60% of CA's students board.

Cornerstone Academy, Northborough
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cornerstone Academy was founded in 1996 by a visionary teacher who believed in providing an exceptional learning experience for her students. The school has grown from modest beginnings with 2 students to a a fine elementary school offering kindergarten through 6th grade.

The Cotting School, Lexington
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Ages: 3-22
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Cotting School is a special needs school which can handle just about every special requirement. The school was founded by two doctors. It accommodates mild to severe learning disabilities as well as complex medical conditions.

Cushing Academy, Ashburnham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Cushing Academy was one man's dream and gift. The school continues to blaze new trails with a rich curriculum as well as all the sports and extracurricular activities which you'd expect from a school of this standing. 86% of Cushing's students board.

Dana Hall School, Wellesley
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Girls, boarding/day school
Comments: Dana Hall School was founded in 1881 was a preparatory school for Wellesley College. It is now one of the country's leading independent girls' schools. The curriculum, sports and extracurricular activities offer a wealth of options. The school accepts just 38% of applicants.

Dedham Country Day School, Dedham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Dedham Country Day School is an old, established elementary/middle school serving Dedham and the surrounding area. The school offers imaginative programs at every level. Its graduates move on to the best prep schools in the region and beyond.

Deerfield Academy, Deerfield
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12,PG
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Deerfield Academy is on of the top boarding schools. The rich array of academic courses, independent studies and alternate/off campus programs will stimulate most students. The sports and extracurricular activities round out the strong program for which Deerfield is well-known.

The Devereux Massachussetts Center, Rutland
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Devereux Massachusetts specializes in the treatment of children with emotional and special behavior issues.

Dexter School, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Dexter School is a boys' school. It is the sister school of Southfield School, a girls' school. The schools share the same campus and some common faculty and administrators. The school was founded in 1926.

East Boston Central Catholic School, East Boston
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: East Boston Central Catholic School provides a balanced curriculum and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Eaglebrook School, Deerfield
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-9
School Type: Boys, Boarding/day school
Comments: Eaglebrook School is one of the country's handful of junior boarding schools. Located in the picturesque Deerfield which is also home to Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook offers a demanding academic curriculum, sports and facilities to match.

The Eliot Montessori School, South Natick
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Eliot Montessori School was established in 1971. It is a small school offering preschool through 8th grade to approximately 120 children.

Eagle Hill School, Hardwick
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Eagle Hill School is a college preparatory school which serves students who have learning disabilities. The school was founded in 1967.

Epiphany School, Dorchester
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: 5-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Epiphany School provides tuition free schooling for children from economically disadvantaged families living in Boston neighborhoods.

The Fay School, Southborough
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-9
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: The oldest junior boarding school in the country, The Fay School has enjoyed great success over the years educating elementary and middle school age children. Boarders are accepted for 6th through 9th grades.

The Fenn School, Concord
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 4-9
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: A small school, The Fenn School provides the three essential components of an education which every boy needs: rigorous academics, lots of activity and exercise in an extensive sports program and the enrichment a variety of extracurricular activities provide.

The Fessenden School, West Newton
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-9
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments: 50% of The Fessenden's School's 5th through 9th grade students board. The school offers solid academics, sports and a host of extracurricular activities.

Fontbonne Academy, Milton
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: A strong academic program and 100 hours of community service are hallmarks of Fontbonne Academy's program. The school has been in operation since 1954.

F.L. Chamberlain School, Middleborough
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: F.L. Chamberlain School provides a wide range of programs for children with emotional as well as developmental issues. The school offers an academic curriculum which meets state requirements for graduation. It also has a flying program.

Franco American School, Lowell
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: While Franco American School got its start as a school for the French Canadian community in 1909, the Sisters of Charity of Quebec now run the school for a diverse, multi-ethnic population.

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