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2021 Guide to Independent Schools: M – R

Mount Alvernia Academy | 617-527-7540

There’s more to education than just knowledge. That’s why Mount Alvernia Academy (MAA) aims to educate the whole child—intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Founded in 1927 by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the school holds true to its founders’ mission to educate and nurture students in a challenging academic environment to become life-learners and responsible Christians. As an independent Catholic elementary school for preschool through 6th grade, Mount Alvernia Academy’s small class size, experienced teachers, and innovative approach to education give youngsters the strong foundation needed to move onto competitive secondary schools—exam, independent, Catholic—and to pursue their future dreams. On a campus in Chestnut Hill overlooking Boston and Boston College, MAA boasts strong academics with a robust core curriculum, innovative science labs with dedicated teachers, a learning specialist, school counselor, music, technology, and other special classes to round out the learning experience. The concept of educating the whole child has been so effective that MAA has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, received multiple STEM awards, and is one of the top schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. For more information regarding in-person, virtual tours, and Open Houses, visit MAA’s website at

Nashoba Brooks School | 978-369-4591

Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, MA, Nashoba Brooks School serves boys and girls in preschool through grade 3, and girls in grades 4 through 8. The school’s student-centered program is built on its core values of integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience. The intellectual partnership between students and teachers creates a foundation for students to take healthy academic risks, voice their opinions, and grow from their mistakes. Together they work to build and maintain an inclusive community in which all students and families foster engagement, achievement, and belonging. As it builds community, character, and confidence in its students, Nashoba Brooks inspires critical thinkers and launches leaders. For more information, you can reach Nashoba Brooks School at [email protected].

New England Innovation Academy | 508-205-4270

New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is the school the world needs next. A new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA is preparing young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate ready for what’s Next. Innovators leave NEIA with a unique PIN and become the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. Set on a beautiful 26-acre campus in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the school offers an interdisciplinary, project-based education that prepares students for college success and purposeful careers. NEIA’s vision is to build partnerships and bring in resources from outside the school community to create a unique learning experience for students, which currently includes languages taught by the Rassias Center at Dartmouth College. At NEIA, students build empathy, take risks, and engage in hands-on community, environment, and industry projects.  To explore all that NEIA has to offer contact Kevin Ramos-Glew, Director of Enrollment, at [email protected] or 508-205-4275.

The Newman School | 617-267-4530

The Newman School’s motto, “Heart Speaks to Heart” is woven through all areas of school life.  Relationships are at the core of who we are.  Students develop through inquisitive academic exploration and social-emotional growth to become global contributors.  As an International Baccalaureate school, we are committed to providing a global education to all students, guiding over 140 students to receive the prestigious IB diploma, recognized by universities around the world for its depth and rigor. Founded in 1945, located on Marlborough Street, in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newman serves students from grades 7–12 who come from Boston, surrounding towns, and 16 countries.  Newman offers the only boarding program in the city. Our students participate in activities and sports at school and throughout Boston, pursuing their passions in the “education city.” For more information, contact [email protected].

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart | 617-244-4246 

Since 1880, Newton Country Day has educated girls to be thoughtful, effective, and compassionate leaders in a global society. The school’s mission is rooted in the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who in 1800 established schools of the Sacred Heart to prepare women with the courage and confidence to transform the world. The school offers a program for young women of all faiths in grades 5–12, with courses through the AP level. Dedicated faculty promote a dynamic learning atmosphere that encourages each girl to discover and develop her talents and character. Through the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, students take advantage of academic exchanges across five continents, developing a school-wide global perspective. Academic rigor, performing and visual arts, and competitive athletics build a vibrant school community. Social justice and community service are essential elements that enrich each student’s experience. Girls are accepted to the most competitive colleges and universities with the goal of living meaningful and joyful lives. In an environment where every girl is known and loved, the school creates a foundation for a life of integrity and faith. Open House will be held on Sunday, November 7.

Noble and Greenough School | 781-326-3700

Noble and Greenough School, a day and five-day boarding school, in Dedham, MA, will host open houses on Saturday, October 16, and Tuesday, December 7. At the core of a Nobles education is our excellent academic program. We bring together teachers who are passionate about their subjects and about working with young people. The students who choose Nobles are academically motivated, creative, hard-working, adventurous, and intellectually curious. They live lives marked by strong character and service to others. Our programs encourage students to be well-rounded and engaged in school life; we have extensive offerings in athletics, performing and visual arts, and community service. Students lead and participate in dozens of clubs and organizations. Relationships between students and faculty underpin the Nobles experience. Each student is surrounded by adults who know them well—who teach them in class and also coach them on the field, who serve as their advisor and direct them in theater productions. Our faculty encourage students to be their best selves, supporting them when they face challenges and cheering their successes. Visit to learn about our mission to inspire leadership for the public good. Contact us at 781-320-7100 or [email protected].

Notre Dame Academy | 781-749-5930

The first all-girls day school in Massachusetts, Notre Dame Academy (NDA) educates and empowers the next generation of female leaders, preparing girls in grades 7–12 to use their education, service, and faith to change the world. Founded in 1853 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDA focuses on developing girls’ extraordinary potential and educating their hearts, minds, and souls so they have the confidence, wisdom, and will to lead throughout their lives. Every aspect of teaching and learning at NDA is tailored to girls, emboldening them to take the lead in the classroom, in their community, on the field, stage, or in the lab. Through our dynamic curriculum, with 20+ AP courses and hands-on STEM instruction, we challenge girls to think big and take risks, building their self-esteem and resiliency. With an 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio and more than 30 co-curricular activities, we promote exploration and self-discovery, encouraging girls to pursue new opportunities in a nurturing environment. We foster a broad understanding of other cultures and global challenges through immersion trips and community service. And through our preeminent athletics program with 35 teams, our students learn to challenge themselves and preconceived notions about who they can be. All our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges, and 25 percent pursue majors in science, technology, engineering, or math. Open House is October 20 and November 10. Visit for more information.

Park Street School | 617-523-7577

Situated in sunny facilities on Beacon Hill, Park Street School (PSS) provides a continuous, integrated, and experiential education for children toddler through grade 6. Our students explore and create in vibrant learning spaces. Our robust academics feed students’ curiosity, building strong foundations of knowledge at an early age, inspiring inquiry and life-long learning. Students are known and loved by faculty who care about all aspects of them. They grow in confidence, compassion and empathy. They learn of God’s love for them, show respect for others, take risks in an affirming setting, and learn to live generously. Students actively participate in “out of the chair” activities and are enriched by creative hands-on experiences and cross-curricular integration. Students creatively solve problems as they interact with curriculum and with each other. PSS students are equipped to become global citizens, armed with a strong academic foundation, collaborative spirit, and critical-thinking skills. We offer small class sizes, a diverse community, and need-based financial aid. We are proud of our talented faculty, competitive middle school placement, and aspirational college matriculation. Sign-up at to visit during a virtual (October 19 and December 9 at 9 a.m.) or in-person (November 1 at 6 p.m.) Open House or for a “Talk to Us” Tuesday virtual event (Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., October–December).

Pingree School | 978-468-4415

Pingree School is a vibrant, independent secondary day school located on Boston’s North Shore, serving students from more than 50 towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We’re a community of ambitious learners taking on new challenges in a place where hard work and great fun coincide. Pingree’s award-winning faculty redefines the classroom experience, always keeping student choice and voice at the core of learning. With more than 150 full-credit and half-credit elective courses offered, students have the freedom to dive deeply into a familiar subject as well as stretch their abilities in new interest areas. Our state-of-the-art facilities are thriving catalytic spaces where students can discover new passions and take existing ones to the next level. In the classroom, on the athletic fields, and across the stage, in all that they do, Pingree students are supported and guided by a robust community dedicated to helping students realize their full potential. At Pingree, we know you’re just getting started discovering who you are and defining your own future. We see the best in you, and we can help it shine through. Come see for yourself all that Pingree has to offer at our Fall Open House on Saturday, October 23. Please register at

The Putney School | 802-387-5566

Progressive education models have become more prominent lately, but the project-based learning and integrated curriculum at The Putney School in Vermont has been part of its educational philosophy for more than 75 years. That’s when educational pioneer Carmelita Hinton created a school unlike any other. Her idea was to give students the chance to learn through personal experiences and not through rote memorization. Today, teachers at this co-educational independent boarding and day school carry on that tradition by teaching students in grades 9 through 12 how to think creatively, act confidently, and engage with others in interesting and meaningful ways. With a 500-acre mountaintop campus, The Putney School offers more than just a standard education. Students here not only follow a demanding academic program, they also work at jobs around the school when they aren’t engaged in athletics or artistic pursuits. Whether it’s learning another language, practicing their passion for dance, or spending a semester abroad, students get life-fulfilling experiences while enhancing friendships and gaining knowledge. It’s not all about hard work or academic achievement, however. School officials say the final goal is to create highly engaged citizens who think critically and act responsibly in social situations and privately at home. Parents looking for a school program that can shape a child’s future, will find The Putney School’s progressive approach to education a good mix of hands-on learning and social responsibility. For more information on The Putney School, check out our website at

The Roxbury Latin School | 617-477-6317

Roxbury Latin is a small, independent day school for boys in grade 7—12, located on 117 acres in West Roxbury. In designing a vital program, Roxbury Latin is alert to what is best and most effective in educating boys, but we also dare to define what is in their best interest. We are committed to the character development and rigorous academic training of each boy entrusted to us, and we promise to know and love each boy. We care, most of all, what kind of person a boy is. Roxbury Latin’s longstanding mission is to admit qualified students without regard to their family’s ability to pay. The school does not consider a family’s financial circumstances when making admission decisions and it meets the full, demonstrated need of all admitted students. Roxbury Latin’s comparatively low tuition and need-blind admission process ensure a diverse student body—one of the cornerstones of a Roxbury Latin education. We invite you to learn more about our people and program, campus and culture, by visiting the Roxbury Latin website and submitting an online inquiry form to our Admission Office. We look forward to getting to know you.

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