AISNE Expo for Families of Color Exploring Independent Schools

Sunday, October 6, 2019

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Boston University
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Come meet over 50 independent schools from across New England, ranging from K-8, 9-12, day schools, boarding schools, girls' schools, boys' schools, Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, faith-based schools, and more!

See how these schools think about innovations in teaching and learning, and about making commitments to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within their communities. Meet young alums eager to share their independent school experience and where their journey has taken them!

Get your questions about the private school application and admissions processes answered!

Fun activities for students of all ages!

Easily accessible by MBTA public transportation: Green Line, B train. Free off-street parking available as well as paid ($12) parking options.

Don't miss this special opportunity to learn more about what an independent school educational experience could mean for your family.

Families Register Here for This Complimentary Event

Meet These Schools

Atrium School
Watertown, MA

Atrium School's PreK–Grade 8 progressive education encourages academic curiosity, creativity, and exploration while fostering each child's intellectual growth and promoting Excellence with Joy. Our students develop confidence in themselves and respect for others within a joyful, vibrant community of nurturing teachers, engaged parents, and enriching partnerships. (Learn More)

Beacon Academy
Boston, MA

Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. (Learn More)

Beaver Country Day School
Chestnut Hill, MA

Beaver is so much more than a school – we are at the forefront of education. We consistently look beyond tradition, and beyond our walls to learn from and partner with the best. Because of this we are able to present classic and innovative subject matter in a creative environment that yields real results. (Learn More)

Belmont Day School
Belmont, MA

Belmont Day School was founded in 1927 by a group of parents committed to providing children with a strong academic foundation and many opportunities for creative expression. Today, as then, the school's program guides and challenges the intellectual, social, emotional, moral, artistic, and physical growth of each child. Belmont Day School strives to be a diverse community dedicated to academic excellence and intellectual discipline where students feel secure, experience the joys of learning, and know their accomplishments are valued. (Learn More)

Belmont Hill School
Belmont, MA

Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning. (Learn More)

Berwick Academy
South Berwick, ME

Berwick is a school community where it is cool to be smart, cool to be yourself, and cool to try. Berwick is as exciting as it is challenging, and as playful as it is hard working; a place where discovery is applauded and students are more than classmates - they’re friends. Walk across the campus and you’ll instantly feel it – this is more than a school; it is the convergence of three divisions, each with its own personality, but together forming a community that is uniquely Berwick. (Learn More)

Boston College High School
Boston, MA

As a world-class, independent Jesuit preparatory school, BC High has formed leaders across every field, and every walk of life, for more than 150 years. Starting in 7th grade and continuing throughout high school, BC High students tackle complex, relevant subject matter within an academic environment that celebrates collaboration, creativity, and multidisciplinary thought. (Learn More)

Boston Trinity Academy
Boston, MA

Boston Trinity Academy is a Christian, coed, college preparatory middle and high school. We educate a diverse student body from across the Great Boston area in grades 6-12. We are committed to providing an exceptional academic experience that inspires each student to excel in a Christ-centered community where they are known and loved. Our graduates demonstrate the intellect, leadership, and moral character they learn here as they succeed at numerous top colleges and universities and in life beyond. (Learn More)

Boston University Academy
Boston, MA

In our caring high-school community, students who love learning are challenged to think critically and read deeply, and to explore adventurously the wider world of learning at Boston University. We prepare our students to become responsible, broadly literate scholars and citizens: precise in their use of words, alert to rhetoric in arguments, and conversant with influential ideas and works from other times and places. (Learn More)

Brimmer and May School
Chestnut Hill, MA

Brimmer and May is a PK - 12 coeducational day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas in a supportive and student-centered community. We develop lifelong learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world. (Learn More)

Buckingham Brown & Nichols School
Cambridge, MA

Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school in Cambridge that engages boys and girls in grades pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop them to the fullest. (Learn More)

Cambridge Montessori School
Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Montessori School was founded in 1963 to foster a love of learning and to educate children to be caring, socially responsible citizens of their community and world. The educational and supplemental care programs at CMS involve children from twenty-one months through grade 8 in four different programs: Toddler, Primary, Elementary and Middle School. CMS seeks to educate the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy, in a family-oriented environment. (Learn More)

The Cambridge School of Weston
Weston, MA

Located near Boston, CSW is an independent high school for day and boarding students in grades 9 to 12, and post-graduate students. Through our distinctive Mod System, you'll have access to more than 250 courses—from upper level Calculus to the novels of Toni Morrison, from Marine Biology to West African Dance. We will help you develop and refine your opinions, uncover your passions, and discover how you can make a difference, in the classroom and in the world at large. CSW prepares you not only for the academic rigors of college, but also gives you the tools to be an active, participatory citizen. (Learn More)

Charles River School
Dover, MA

Charles River School honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion. (Learn More)

Commonwealth School
Boston, MA

The mission of Commonwealth School is to educate young people from diverse backgrounds to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and creative adults, capable of careful analysis, fruitful cooperation, responsible leadership, and deep commitment. As they move through grades 9-12, our students develop a large shared frame of reference and their own collective creativity and sense of humor. They also learn about the city around them both formally and informally, through courses, independent projects, and community service. (Learn More)

Concord Academy
Concord, MA

Welcome to Concord Academy, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school renowned for world-class faculty, passionate students, and graduates who make their mark on the world. Founded in 1922, Concord Academy has long balanced high academic standards with a focus on educating the whole student through the arts, athletics, and engagement in the world. Our community thrives on a love of learning, thanks to the care and partnership of teachers who support our students as individuals and challenge them every day to think critically and creatively. (Learn More)

Cushing Academy
Ashburnham, MA

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Cushing Academy is recognized as a unique educational setting whose faculty, staff, and facilities exist to nurture the optimal growth of students with a range of talents, abilities, and interests in a supportive, diverse, and community-oriented environment that promotes and values intellectual challenge, the arts, athletics, and cultural competence. (Learn More)

Dedham Country Day School
Dedham, MA

DCD is a child-centric place! While our program instills in students the capabilities they need to succeed in secondary school and the world beyond, we take this period from 4-year-old child to 14-year-old adolescent very seriously. Our pre-K to 8 model ensures that children have the time and space to master the tasks critical to each developmental stage and each grade level, laying the foundation for what lies ahead. (Learn More)

Derby Academy
Hingham, MA

For three centuries, Derby Academy has remained true to its motto: Improve Both Mind and Heart. Small class sizes, dedicated faculty, innovative curriculum, inspired arts, competitive athletics and an array of community and leadership opportunities ensure students are challenged to learn and supported in their development. (Learn More)

Dexter Southfield School
Brookline, MA

Dexter Southfield School helps boys and girls develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead with confidence, serve with compassion, and live by the motto, "Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow." (Learn More)

Fayerweather Street School
Cambridge, MA

Founded in 1967, Fayerweather is a co-educational independent private school enrolling approximately 200 students in PreKindergarten through eighth grade. Fayerweather is known for our unique culture, which helps students connect with their own curiosity to find joy in the learning process. Our vibrant classrooms are filled with passionate teachers and engaged learners. (Learn More)

Fontbonne Academy
Milton, MA

Fontbonne Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for young women. Fontbonne Academy fosters Gospel values and educational excellence. This inclusive community embraces diversity in many forms. Through the values of respect, responsibility, reconciliation and reverence, Fontbonne Academy promotes growth in spirituality, scholarship, and leadership of young women in the changing world. (Learn More)

German International School of Boston
Boston, MA

German International School Boston is a bilingual independent school serving students from age 3 to Grade 12. At GISB, children grow from curious explorers into independent learners. Our mission is to empower students for success in a global world. To us, that means teaching the skills and habits that confident, compassionate, creative global citizens will need. (Learn More)

Glen Urquhart School
Beverly Farms, MA

Glen Urquhart School’s program was founded in 1977 on an experiential, place-based philosophy that integrated all subjects and created opportunities for students to be passionate in their pursuit of knowledge. (Learn More)

The Governor's Academy
Byfield, MA

Welcome to The Governor’s Academy, the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States, where young men and women in grades 9 through 12 prepare to become the citizen leaders of tomorrow. More than 400 students from 23 states and 18 countries create a vibrant, fascinating global community. Two-thirds board and one-third are day students. Innovation and a forward focus are as much a part of Governor’s as our 250-year-old history. Always we have embraced change…to prepare each new generation with the knowledge and character to be full citizens of the world. (Learn More)

Groton School
Groton, MA

In a school of 380 students, you can be yourself and feel at home. Groton students are united by a deep commitment to each other and to the community. We celebrate goodness and kindness, integrity and civility. The school’s motto, cui servire est regnare (for whom service is perfect freedom) inspires a desire to look beyond oneself. Groton School is a diverse and intimate community devoted to inspiring lives of character, learning, leadership, and service. (Learn More)

Inly School
Scituate, MA

Inly is a private, independent school with innovative programs for toddlers, preschool and K–8 students. Our rigorous Montessori-based curriculum aligns with state standards yet goes much further—inspiring students to become creative, self-motivated, lifelong learners. (Learn More)

International School of Boston
Cambridge, MA

The International School of Boston (ISB) is an independent, non-profit, PK -12 French-English bilingual and international school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a world-class, accredited academic institution, ISB places the development of the bilingual brain at the heart of its mission. ISB students graduate with an American high school diploma and choose between two internationally renowned diplomas, the French or the International Baccalaureate, giving them the opportunity to thrive at leading universities in the United States, France, and around the world. Offering a rich experience with rigorous programs, ISB prepares its students for a lifetime of learning and service. (Learn More)

Jackson Walnut Park Schools
Newton, MA

The first decade of a child’s education is a dynamic period of development. At Jackson Walnut Park, we make it our sole focus. Serving children from 18-months-old through Grade 6, we launch young learners whose curiosities and questions are met with excitement and encouragement in the classroom, and whose growing competencies are matched by their growing virtues. (Learn More)

Kingsley Montessori School
Boston, MA

Kingsley Montessori offers a unique vision of what education can be. While our programs change to meet the needs of our students, our values and core principles are enduring.
What happens in the ten years from age two to age twelve?

During that Foundational Decade, a school can empower students to take ownership of their own learning and become learners for life. Inquiry-based learning, learning that is responsive to student interests and questions, creates empowerment. It combines choice with high expectations, and it encourages children to undertake new challenges.

Kingsley believes in connecting ideas, skills, and knowledge in new ways; thinking critically, collaboratively, and intelligently about your work. It’s about asking, not just answering, insightful questions. At Kingsley, we encourage students at every age to take responsibility for their own learning and learn by doing. (Learn More)

Lawrence Academy
Groton, MA

Step onto Lawrence Academy's campus and it will not take you long to see and feel what makes our school different. Yes, you will be warmly welcomed; that is our way. But more importantly, from your first visit to your departure following graduation, you are respected for who you are and who you can become. Lawrence Academy is a school that values and emphasizes integrity, trust, self-respect, and concern for the community as a whole. (Learn More)

Lesley Ellis School
Arlington, MA

Lesley Ellis School prepares accomplished, inquisitive and inspired learners by providing a challenging, student-centered, and anti-bias curriculum within a tightly connected community. (Learn More)

The Meadowbrook School of Weston
Weston, MA

Located on a beautiful 30-acre campus, the Meadowbrook School of Weston is a co-educational independent day school for students in grades junior kindergarten through eight. At Meadowbrook, the mission is to know, love, and challenge every child. (Learn More)

Meridian Academy
Jamaica Plain, MA

Meridian Academy mentors students in a small, vibrant community to become creative, questioning, analytical learners and thoughtful, involved citizens. Our curriculum incorporates the best practices from both progressive and traditional schooling, encouraging students to embrace the joys and challenges of lifelong discovery. (Learn More)

Milton Academy
Milton, MA

Around the table in the classroom, in laboratories, on fields, in studios, on stage and in your dorm, you’ll find friends and classmates who are smart, caring, opinionated, funny and talented in so many different ways. Milton students like to create, to problem-solve, to work hard, to laugh, and to try new things. They develop confidence in themselves and pride in their classmates. They’re generous, they celebrate, and they are continually surprising in the answers they develop. With so many ways to get involved at Milton, surrounded by so many encouraging people, you’ll find a niche just right for you. (Learn More)

Miss Hall's School
Pittsfield, MA

Located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Miss Hall's School is a private, college preparatory, boarding and day high school for girls grades 9-12. Founded in 1898, by Mira Hinsdale Hall, Miss Hall’s School was one of the first all-girls boarding schools established in New England. Today the School is a nationally recognized, boarding and day independent secondary school that combines an exceptional college-preparatory curriculum with two acclaimed leadership programs, Horizons, and the Girls’ Leadership Project. (Learn More)

Moses Brown School
Providence, RI

In a world where vast stores of knowledge are available on one’s phone, students need to learn how to analyze new information, synthesize it with what they know, and form an independent viewpoint. And with the ability to broadcast to the globe with just a few clicks, it’s imperative that they have a moral framework to guide them. At Moses Brown, children learn to read with insight, speak persuasively, and write clearly. It’s all grounded in the Quaker belief that every person matters. Come see for yourself why after more than two centuries, Moses Brown is still leading the way. (Learn More)

Newton Country Day School
Newton, MA

Founded in 1880, Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent, college preparatory school for girls. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, Newton is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which spans 41 countries and 22 cities in the United States. At Newton Country Day young women are prepared for lives of courage and confidence. Such preparation is accomplished deliberately, guiding students to realize the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical dimensions of their lives. Here, students experience the transformative power of God's love for each of them. Secure in that knowledge, students develop a deep and enduring capacity for scholarly engagement and social justice. (Learn More)

Noble and Greenough School
Dedham, MA

The Nobles community is a thriving, inclusive, joyful community where our students are inspired by dedicated teachers, coaches and mentors to reach their highest potential each and every day. Our rigorous academic, arts and athletics programs are coupled with a strong support system, where students are well known, challenged and cared for by our faculty throughout their day. (Learn More)

The Park School
Brookline, MA

Park is a vibrant, connected, and diverse community of faculty, staff, alumni, and parents working together to support our 535 students along the transformative journey from age 4 to 14. We’re a close-knit family school that deeply values equity and inclusion. Above all, Park is committed to academic excellence and social-emotional growth. Through every step of the Park experience, your child will be challenged intellectually with academic experiences that spark curiosity and foster a love of learning. (Learn More)

Pomfret School
Pomfret, CT

Founded in 1894, Pomfret is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school. We serve 350 students in grades 9 through 12, hailing from 23 states and 23 countries. We also offer a post graduate year. Set on a stunning 500-acre hilltop in Northeastern Connecticut, our campus is less than an hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and only 3 hours from New York City. Our classrooms are vibrant and engaging, our dorms foster deep personal relationships, and our advisory system encourages intergenerational connections that truly distinguish us from many other great schools. In recent years, our graduates have matriculated to some of the country's best universities. And beyond college, our alumni have gone on to — quite literally — change the world. (Learn More)

Riverbend School
South Natick, MA

Riverbend is a dynamic young school whose history includes the merger of two highly respected Montessori schools, Natick Montessori and Eliot Montessori, to create a learning experience that spans the Toddler years right up through Middle School. Riverbend graduates students who are passionately curious, compassionate about their communities and the people who live in them, and who are dedicated to making positive change in the world. (Learn More)

The Rivers School
Weston, MA

The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12. Rivers challenges students to attain their highest levels of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics. We set high standards and expect students to participate actively in their learning. We cultivate a caring, respectful, and collaborative environment that encourages student performance, including demonstration of logical thought, informed and articulate voice, creative vision, and integrity. Rivers is dedicated to preparing its students for leadership in a world that needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion. (Learn More)

Riverview School
East Sandwich, MA

Students who enroll at Riverview are friendly, caring, and eager students with complex learning challenges. They thrive here as they experience typical adolescent and young adult academic, extra-curricular, and social pursuits. Riverview students have life-changing experiences in an environment that is designed to embrace them completely. They make friends. They gain a deep feeling of connection to others. Self-esteem flourishes. Students become resilient and redefine themselves. They come into their own. (Learn More)

Saint Columbkille Partnership School
Brighton, MA

Saint Columbkille Partnership School is a Pre-K through grade 8 Roman Catholic School located in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. For nearly 120 years, Saint Columbkille has been a mainstay within its surrounding community, and has educated children for many generations. (Learn More)

Shady Hill School
Cambridge, MA

Shady Hill wants children to be joyful, active learners who develop the intellectual discipline necessary to become contributing, ethical citizens. To accomplish these ends, we believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, we advance the mastery of skills, and we help students shape meaning from knowledge. (Learn More)

St. John's Preparatory School
Danvers, MA

St. John's Prep, an inclusive, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School for young men in grades 6 through 12, is committed to educating the whole person. Our rigorous academic and extensive co-curricular program encourages students to develop their spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, and creative potential, and inspires them to honor the diversity that enriches both our school community and the world beyond St. John's. We challenge our young men to grow in faith and wisdom, to promote human dignity, to act with compassion and integrity, to pursue justice and peace, and to live lives of service to society. (Learn More)

St. Paul's School
Concord, NH

Welcome to St. Paul’s School, a co-educational, fully residential high school founded in 1856. We are an Episcopal school, welcoming of all faiths, made up of approximately 525 students from all over the world. We are a community of students and teachers and families, who live and learn together. We try to live by our School Prayer, which urges kindness and an eagerness to “bear the burdens of others.” St. Paul’s is academically rigorous, but staffed with teachers who take the time to know the whole student, whether in the classroom, in the dormitory, on the athletic fields, or along one of the many paths that wind through the grounds. (Learn More)

St. Sebastian's School
Needham, MA

Committed to the pursuit of truth through faith and reason, St. Sebastian's is a Catholic independent day school for 375 young men in grades seven through twelve. With an average class size of 11 and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, St. Sebastian's offers a program of academic rigor and spiritual depth with excellence in the arts and athletics. (Learn More)

Tenacre Country Day School
Wellesley, MA

Every day at Tenacre begins with a handshake as the head of school greets arriving students. This act of trust and personal attention sets the tone for all that follows. At Tenacre, we embrace the elementary years. As a Pre-K through Grade 6 coed school, we offer a dynamic and exciting environment in which children progressively develop critical thinking skills, become confident and joyful learners, and move forward into higher education and life as caring citizens. (Learn More)

Thacher Montessori School
Milton, MA

Montessori education, carried out faithfully at Thacher, helps students be self-motivated and confident, independent and creative, and culturally literate learners who value collaboration and social action. Recent educational and neurological research about learning and brain development reinforce the tenets of a quality Montessori education such as found at Thacher Montessori School. (Learn More)

Thayer Academy
Braintree, MA

Located next to Braintree's historic district and just up the hill from the MBTA’s final Red Line stop is the historic 34-acre campus of Thayer Academy. Since 1877, our coeducational day school for grades 5-12 (Middle School, grades 5-8; Upper School, grades 9-12) has been an enabling and ennobling environment where each student is affirmed, supported, and challenged to take on responsibilities, ambitions, and achievements. Thayer continues to be a place where tradition and innovation meet, and where students form lifelong relationships with one another and with inspiring teachers who care deeply about their students' personal growth and academic success. (Learn More)

Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Natick, MA

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum. (Learn More)

The Winsor School
Boston, MA

Winsor is an independent day school for academically promising and motivated girls in grades 5-12. Winsor enrolls approximately 450 students from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. They hail from more than 50 different communities in and around the city of Boston. (Learn More)

Xaverian Brothers High School
Westwood, MA

Xaverian Brothers High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12, located in Westwood, Massachusetts, established in 1963, and sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers. We treasure our rich Catholic faith tradition. As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds. Faith is the framework with which we empower young men to recognize their God-given gifts and talents, and share them with a world in need. (Learn More)