As an urban school, Fenway is fortunate to be able to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer. From experiential learning to community building days, we attempt to find as many ways as possible to explore Boston as well as give back to the community around us.
For one week every spring, students and faculty split into small groups for experiential learning opportunities centered on central topics or areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to spend time with students and faculty with whom they might not normally interact, learn about subjects they wouldn’t cover in their regular classes, and get to know their home city even better by visiting new places and meeting new people.
Recent Project Week groups and subjects have included African Dance, Biking Around Boston, Cooking, Getting To Know Mission Hill, Health and Wellness, Hiking, Marine Biology, Racquet Sports, Water Sports, and Writing.
Fenway’s Community Days take a number of forms. Once per semester, each house (link to page about house system) spends a half-day off campus doing a fun activity like bowling or ice skating. These days provide a way for students to spend time bonding with students from other grades and teachers who don’t teach them in a fun, low-key environment.
In 2015, Fenway had its first all-school Community Service Day. Students were split into groups of all grades and houses and spent the day working with organizations including the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and St. Francis House. The day was a great way to build our own community while also giving back to the Greater Boston community as a whole.