The 1960s was a turbulent time for the United States. Disturbed by longstanding patterns of injustice, many Americans came to question the social norms that governed everyday life. Young people, in particular, challenged traditional institutions, but also eagerly explored new ideas and unconventional learning opportunities.
Here in Cambridge, many parents and children rebelled against the limited goals and rigid practice of traditional public schools. They turned with renewed interest to the ideas of earlier progressive educators and scholars such as John Dewey (1852-1952), Maria Montessori (1870-1952), and Jean Piaget (1896-1980). It is in this context that Fayerweather Street School was born.
Lesley College had recently closed its lab school, leaving a group of parents looking for another school. The solution, as it turned out, was to start their own. Fayerweather opened its doors in September 1967, with four teachers and 73 students, ranging from age five to thirteen. Today Fayerweather has 195 students and 50 faculty and staff.