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2023 Guide to Schools: South Region

Fontbonne Academy | 617-696-3241 

Two girls walk into Fontbonne Academy, wearing matching school uniforms. Near the door to the school, two students are talking while one walks out the door.

Fontbonne is a Catholic, all-girls, college preparatory high school and early college serving students in grades 7 through 12 throughout Greater Boston and the South Shore. Inspiring remarkable girls since 1954, Fontbonne is a leader in private school education and a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. Its student-centered curriculum challenges students to reach academic excellence while understanding the importance of collaboration and creativity. Through the early college program, students take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities and college-level courses thanks to established partnerships with local higher education institutions. Fontbonne students have access to college programming and student life experiences that allow them to use their voices boldly and be prepared to create their futures. The student life experience at Fontbonne cultivates a vibrant, active, and supportive community. Fontbonne encourages each student to test their limits and try new things beyond their learning spaces. At Fontbonne, leadership is not merely a title. Students are trained in the skills necessary to be effective leaders and given countless opportunities for practical application. A Fontbonne education encourages students to question the status quo and start conversations that challenge them. Alumni are faithful, fearless, and compassionate leaders who shape our future worldwide.

Notre Dame Academy | 781-749-5930

Notre Dame Academy (NDA), a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, prepares young women in middle school and high school to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and open-minded leaders. As the first all-girls day school in Massachusetts, NDA provides educational experiences that recognize and cultivate students’ distinctive talents and skills. With small class sizes and dynamic curriculum, including over 20 AP courses, NDA guides each student in her educational journey. Whether competing on one of their 45 athletic teams or participating in one of over 30 co-curricular organizations and service opportunities, NDA encourages girls to take risks and pursue new opportunities in a nurturing environment. Leadership programming and early college counseling prepare young women for a promising future. Graduates leave NDA with the power of an alumni network 170 years strong behind them. For more information, parents can attend open houses on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thayer Academy | 781-843-3580

A female student, wearing an orange dress, and a male student, wearing a blue dress shirt and slacks, walk around Thayer Academy's campus.

Thayer Academy, an independent co-ed day school in Braintree for grades five through 12, is committed to ensuring that students are known, connected, and prepared. This is Thayer’s strength, nurturing each student to reach their full potential in their classrooms, on stages, on playing fields, in far-off lands, and in communities near campus. Whether through its  entrepreneurship program, collaborative design labs, sports programs, or Independent Science Research (ISR) course, Thayer offers a number of unique experiences to students willing to step out of their comfort zones and discover their authentic selves. Grounded in engagement, Thayer teaches leadership communications skills, supports student health and well-being, and remains committed to fostering a rich, vibrant, and diverse learning environment. Students work in an atmosphere of academic collaboration with a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio and an average class size of 14; more than two-thirds of Thayer faculty members possess a master’s degree or higher. Easily accessible from public transportation, the academy also offers bus routes from Boston, MetroWest, and the South Shore. Open houses for the Upper School and Middle School will be Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, respectively. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

The Woodward School | 617-773-5610

The Woodward School for Girls is a private all-girls independent school located in Quincy Center. Woodward has been educating and empowering young women in grades six through 12 since 1894. Woodward students gain a strong foundation in academic rigor, intellectual growth, risk-taking, and independent and creative thinking. At Woodward, the low student-teacher ratio promotes individual growth and accomplishment, fosters close relationships between students and staff, and creates a supportive and dynamic atmosphere for learning. Faculty are constantly encouraging students to try new things, explore their passions, and take on leadership opportunities, which rings true to their motto of “We Learn so we may Lead.” Woodward is known for its academic excellence, offering college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement courses. The rigorous academics foster critical and creative thinking, exceptional public speaking, and community service involvement. Students benefit from college counseling starting in the ninth grade, a progressive STEM curriculum, a vibrant visual and performing arts program, impact learning internships, competitive athletics, and Woodward’s traditions. Students are committed to advancing their lives, and the lives of others, through “Generosity, Integrity, Respect/Responsibility, Leadership, and Scholarship.” To learn more, visit our website or contact Jennie Donegan, director of enrollment, at [email protected] or 617-773-5610, ext. 219. Information sessions and open house dates are as follows: Oct. 12, Open House, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22, Information Session, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Nov. 10, Information Session, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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