The Newman School, Boston, Massachusetts


Founded in 1945, The Newman School, an independent day school in the Catholic tradition, prepares young men and women from Boston and around the world for success in university and college studies.

From the very beginning of their secondary school experience, Newman students are engaged in the process of becoming educated adults through their interaction with the exciting environment of one of the world’s greatest cities, Boston. A recent graduate reflected that Newman is “not high school, it is really a little university.” The Back Bay neighborhood, which is our home, is truly the heart of Boston, often referred to as “the Athens of America.” The Boston Public Library is our library, the Charles River Esplanade is our home cross-country course, the Charles River itself is the venue for our crew teams. Upperclassmen and women take courses for credit at area universities, attend lectures by visiting scholars, and regularly visit museums such as The Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Museum of Fine Arts.

John Henry Cardinal Newman noted that a great city attracts the best minds, the greatest art, the most important political thinkers. He knew that education was about much more than the communication of facts: it was about helping the student to become a fully human person, ready to make their own contribution in life. At Newman, we will challenge you to grow, both intellectually and personally. We care what sort of person you will become, and we passionately believe that you have a contribution to make. We are certain that, for you to make that contribution, you need to learn to challenge yourself, to lead others, and to learn from others.

At Newman, you will meet people from all over the world. Like you, they come to Boston in order to become a part of something great, and to prepare to make their own contributions. Sports, activities, community service, the friendship and support of teachers who care for you and are passionate about learning: these are all integral parts of the Newman experience.

The Newman School was founded in 1945 by the late Dr. J. Harry Lynch and a group of colleagues, all alumni of Boston College. The founders named their school after Cardinal Newman, who converted to Catholicism in 1845, exactly 100 years prior to the start of the school. The Newman School has, since its beginnings, maintained its attachment to the work of Cardinal Newman, and his appreciation for the historical development of the Catholic intellectual perspective.

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The Newman School offers students a traditional, liberal arts education in preparation for the academic demands of college. Based on the philosophy of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to connect their education to their personal development and to discover the connection between faith and reason.

The Newman School is an International Baccalaureate School serving students from the Greater Boston area and international students from twenty three countries. Students are challenged to reach their potential as they strive toward academic excellence, social consciousness and responsibility within the context of high expectations and consistent standards. Through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, students begin to make important connections in their learning and take an active role in the learning process.

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum and diverse elective options, students are encouraged to take part in all that The Newman School has to offer. Athletic programs including crew, soccer and basketball, clubs (including drama, chorus and Model United Nations), community service projects and participation in other activities, complete the Newman experience.

ESL Courses The English as a Second Language Program is a total immersion program into the English language. Students will learn about American culture and their new environment through in class instruction and activities as well as local field trips. In addition, students will develop proficiency with listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English to enable them to successfully integrate into our high school classes.

International students accepted to The Newman School must demonstrate a minimal level of proficiency with the English language as measured by the SLEP or the TOEFL. TOEFL a score of 350 – 370 (paper-based) for Level II; and a score of 371 – 447 (paper-based) for Level III. Students scoring above 450 are tested further to determine the proper combination of ESL courses and transitional high school courses. SLEP 40-46 for Level III, 47-53 for Transitional and students scoring above a 54 are tested further to determine the proper combination of ESL course and transitional high school courses.

Athletics Newman seeks to round out the experience of our students by providing them with opportunities to participate in competitive and intramural athletic teams. Athletics are a building block to help people succeed in all aspects of life from dealing with adversity to enjoying success while building strong minds and bodies. It is the process that is important not just the results. Belonging to the Massachusetts Bay Independent League and the Girls' Independent League (who are members of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), we field varsity sports in Baseball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Co-ed Tennis, Softball and Cross Country. We also have Men's and Women's Crew with both squads being participants in the Head of the Charles Regatta and Coed Sailing which is a member of the Massachusetts Bay League and practices and races on the Charles River at Community Boating Inc.

Fifty percent of the students participate in competitive sports teams. Students use the various athletic facilities available to the school within the City of Boston, including the athletic fields at Daly Field, Puopolo Field, Cassidy Field, Ebersol Field and the basketball and tennis courts of Basketball City and the Boston Athletic Club. The Crew team uses the MIT boathouse on the Charles River.

Tuition for 2017 - 2018  International Students
US$ 35,000 tuition fee per academic year
US$ 12,500 homestay per academic year