At a Glance
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.
Named after the martyred soldier-saint, “St. Sebastian’s Country Day School” was founded in 1941 by Cardinal William O’Connell, Archbishop of Boston. Under the vision of Cardinal O’Connell, St. Sebastian’s would not only develop the mind and body, but also the soul of its students, adding a third dimension to the country day school model . The School’s spiritual mission continues to be at the heart of a St. Sebastian’s education.
- 26 acres in Needham, MA
- Six major buildings, including Academic Building & Church, Science, Math & Library Center, Art & Academic Center, Administration Building, Hockey Rink, and Gymnasium; four athletic turf and grass fields each season; and a six-court outdoor tennis facility
- Recent enhancement includes 32,000 sq/ft. Science, Math and Library Center, featuring 8 science labs, 8 math classrooms, 3 computer rooms, and a library expansion
- 65 faculty members
- 60% of faculty hold advanced degrees
- Student/Faculty Ratio is 7:1
- Average Class Size of 10
- Advanced Placement courses offered: 21
- All freshmen take Freshman Writing, a required daily writing course, in addition to the traditional Freshman English course. The benefits of this intensive focus are immediate and dramatic.
- During the course of an academic year, every student in the school writes and delivers a Chapel 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.
Members of the last five graduating classes have most commonly enrolled at Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Providence College, Harvard College and The University of Notre Dame.
See the full Matriculation list here.
Fifty-two St. Sebastian’s students were recognized as AP Scholars, including 18 Scholars with Distinction (scoring 3 or higher on at least five exams, with an average score of at least 3.5), 8 Scholars with Honors (scoring 3 or higher on 4 or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25), and 25 Scholars (scoring 3 or higher on three or more exams). One student was named National AP Scholar, granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Scholastic Art Awards
Two St. Sebastian's students earned Honorable Mention Recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
In addition to these awards, over 250 portraits of disenfranchised or orphaned children have been sent to 24 countries participating in The Memory Project. Students have also created 3 murals at the Italian Home for Children.
- 13 interscholastic team sports include football, soccer, cross country, hockey, basketball, skiing, swimming, wrestling, squash, lacrosse, baseball, golf and tennis
- 46 interscholastic teams play at the varsity, JV, third, fourth and fifth level, allowing for participation across all skill levels
- St. Sebastian’s competes in the Independent School League (ISL)
In the 2014-2015 year, St. Sebastian's varsity football team was selected to play in the NEPSAC Kevin Fleming Bowl against New Hampton, winning 82-50 over the previously unbeaten team.
Noah Hanifin ’15 was selected 5th overall in the NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Geoff Wade '15 received a National Scholar Athlete Award at the 40th Awards Dinner of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Awards honor the best scholar athletes in the country. Wade had an outstanding football career at St. Sebastian's as one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played for the Arrows.
Gabe Maxwell ’15 was selected to join the final roster of the 2015 United States Junior Indoor Lacrosse Team. Gabe played lacrosse at the varsity level for four years at St. Sebastian’s.
Michael Calabro ‘16 received a National Scholar Athlete Award at the 41st Awards Dinner of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Michael had an outstanding athletic career at St. Sebastian's as a three-sport athlete.
In 2016, St. Sebastian’s Varsity Golf team won the ISL Championship. In 2017, St. Sebastian’s Varsity Lacrosse, Baseball and Golf all won the ISL Championships. In 2018, Varsity Baseball won the ISL Championship and Billy Seidl '19 named ISL Most Valuable Player. Also in 2018, Varsity Golf won the ISL Championship and Drew Giachetto '19 named ISL Most Valuable Player.
In 2018, Billy Seidl ’18 was named the NEPSAC football Class B player of the year and Bryce Gallagher ’19 was named the Massachusetts Defensive Player of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. This is the first time an ISL football player has won the award.
In 2019, Jayden Struble ’20 won the U.S. Hockey Report’s Defenseman of the Year with a unanimous vote. Billy Seidl ’19 and Alex Cherry ’19 will soon receive a National Scholar Athlete award at the 44th Annual Banquet of the Jack Gringold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Clubs & Activities
- 30+ student-run clubs and activities including political, cultural, arts, and academic organizations all offering opportunities to develop special interests and talents and gain leadership experience
- 6 student publications
Tuition & Financial Aid
- Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year: $50,570
- 30% of students receive need-based financial aid. In 2019-20, $3.6 million was expended.
Red & Black
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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
Association of Independent Schools of New England
Faculty members, with the majority holding advanced degrees
7:1 student ratio