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Giving Letter 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023  Greetings Friend of Fairhaven School, I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Ben Umstead. I’m an alum of the school, and I’m here to tell you a story about play. On a recent episode

The Fairhaven Stream – Peter Carlson

Our sixth episode of The Fairhaven Stream features an interview with Peter Carlson, Class of 2007. In this interview, Peter reflects on why he considers Fairhaven School a sacred space, how he navigates life as a working artist, and why he thinks every young person should have the option of attending a Sudbury school like Fairhaven.

The Fairhaven Stream – Kai Kim

Our fifth episode of The Fairhaven Stream features an interview with Kai Kim, Class of 2017. In this interview, we discuss how Kai used the time and space at Fairhaven to chart a life path, how their parents adapted to

The Fairhaven Stream – Rob Kronser

Our fourth episode of The Fairhaven Stream features an interview from Rob Kronser, Class of 2009. In this interview we discuss age mixing, the Judicial Committee, and how Rob’s time at Fairhaven continues to shape his life, both as a

The Fairhaven Stream – Kiara James

We’re pleased to publish Episode 2 of the Fairhaven Stream, an interview with alumna Kiara James, Class of 2011. School Meeting recently approved Kiara as a substitute staff member as well, so we look forward to seeing more of her on campus.

Alumni Profile: Tucker Bane, Class of 2011

“It was really helpful to have grown up around artists at Fairhaven. As a game developer, you have to be able to work with people of all sorts of different disciplines. I need to work with streamers and artists, all these kinds of people with different skillsets and ways of looking at the world. I think my experiences at Fairhaven were really helpful with being able to communicate with all these people in their ‘native language’.

The Fairhaven Stream – Katie Fizdale

Listen to Katie talk about our first years through her singular lens, as she’s one of our first School Meeting Chairs, a talented artist, and now a mother.

Homecoming, From Home

“One aspect of our pandemic-era Open Houses I have grown to appreciate is the Zoom panel discussion… Before the pandemic we would invite alumni to our Open Houses, but we were limited to alumni who were local. Now with Zoom, we can invite alumni from anywhere in the world!”

Coming Back

(This post is written by Zoe Woodbridge, Fairhaven School class of 2009 and current substitute. Enjoy!)

Coming Back

Over the years, there have been many things I have come back to: places, relationships, poems. Fairhaven has always been and will be one of those places I come back to. Though I’ve accomplished a lot away from Fairhaven, I continue to think of it as my jumping off point for finding my place and voice in the world.

After graduating from Fairhaven, I attended Washington College in Chestertown, MD. I studied sociology and creative writing, among other things. I had no problem transitioning into the grading system of college, though I had also gone to public school through 9th grade. At Fairhaven, I had considered myself a leader by being a JC clerk several times and School Meeting Chair two years in a row, along with being involved in different corporations such as Music Corp and Theater Corp. It was partly because of this that I felt comfortable becoming president of the Dance Club at Washington College, as well as a Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen.

News from Alumna Pallas Bane

We have just heard some news from alumna Pallas Bane (Fairhaven School class of  2008.) After graduating from the University of Maryland in Theater Design, Pallas has been working steadily in the local theater world. Pallas writes:  “Here is a

Fairhaven Alumnus Book Release!

Rare Bird Books has just released Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Fairhaven School class of 2004. A fascinating novel that explores contemporary youth culture amidst a looming apocalypse, Max’s book is an intellectual tour-de-force and a page-turner.

Based in Washington, D.C., “Echo” explores what makes Millenials tick as they text away, and Max’s lifelong interest in military theory certainly informs his characters and the narrative arc of his novel.


2012 Alumni Panel

On October 26th, Fairhaven School hosted its second alumni panel. Ben Umstead (’01), Geoffrey Craighead (’01), and Brett Smith (’04) spoke of their experiences at Fairhaven School and their time after school. Here is what Geoffrey posted on his Facebook:

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