LocationNeedham, MA
Founded1941 by William Cardinal O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston
TypeCatholic, independent day school for boys in grades 7-12
Enrollment375 boys
Faculty55 (the majority hold advanced degrees)
Student/Faculty Ratio7:1
Average Class Size11
AP Courses21
Tuition & Fees$39,100
Financial Aid25% of students receive $1.5 million in need-based aid
College Matriculation2013 St. Sebastian's graduates are enrolled at Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Trinity, Wake Forest, and a number of other outstanding colleges and universities.
National MeritSt. Sebastian’s School was recognized with 7 National Merit Scholars and 4 National Merit Semi-Finalist during the 2012-2013 school year.
AP ScholarsDuring the 2012-13 school year, 39 St. Sebastian’s students were recognized as AP Scholars, including 4 National Scholars (scoring 4 or higher on at least 8 exams), 18 Scholars with Distinction (scoring 3 or higher on at least five exams, with an average score of at least 3.5), 7 Scholars with Honors (scoring 3 or higher on 4 or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25), and 10 Scholars (scoring 3 or higher on three or more exams). In all, 78 percent of the School’s juniors and seniors took 239 AP exams.
Scholastic Art AwardsTwo St. Sebastian's students earned recognition and awards at the Annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony. This prestigious program recognizes and supports student achievement in the arts by providing visibility and scholarships to deserving young artists.
Sports AchievementsSt. Sebastian’s varsity teams regularly receive ISL Sportsmanship Awards. These awards are voted on by all of the League’s head coaches of their respective sports. During the 2012-2013 school year, the School’s Varsity Baseball Team was awarded the ISL's John "Jack" Etter Trophy for the season's greatest demonstration of sportsmanship.
Writing ProgramAll freshmen take a required daily writing course in addition to traditional English courses. The benefits of this intensive focus are immediate and dramatic.
Chapel Speaking ProgramDuring the course of an academic year, every student in the school writes and delivers a speech before a group of his peers. Students in the lower grades address their classmates in weekly Chapel services. Seniors present their speeches to the entire School community on Monday mornings.
Student Publications6
Clubs & Activities32
Varsity Sports13
Athletic ConferenceIndependent School League (ISL)
School NicknameArrows
School ColorsRed & Black
Campus26 acres
FacilitiesSix major buildings, including Academic Building & Church, Science, Math & Library Center, Art & Academic Center, Administration Building, Hockey Rink, and Gymnasium; four athletic fields each season; and a six-court outdoor tennis facility
Affiliationsaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England
College Entrance Examination Board
Education Records Bureau
Independent School League
International Boys' School Coalition
National Association of Independent Schools
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Secondary School Admission Test Board
1191 Greendale Avenue  |  Needham, MA 02492  |  781.449.5200  |  Contact Us  |  St. Sebastian’s is a member of the Independent School League
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