Campus Life & Adventures Beyond


A true home away from home

The 41-acre Fessenden campus quickly becomes a home away from home for our Summer ELL. Boys and girls live in separate dormitories with roommates from different countries. Each dorm averages between 12 and 14 students. They live with experienced dorm parents who are often also teachers and enrichment staff.

Summer ELL share their meals together in the Dining Room, and the homemade food prepared by Fessenden’s fantastic chefs serves as a great chance for students to sit with their summer families and talk about the day.  There are always main courses and sides, and a salad bar alternative at every meal.

Students have a campus worth of activities available to them during their free time. The campus includes tennis courts, playing fields, swimming pools, gymnasiums, computer labs, as well as our Performing Arts Center.

Step off campus into a world of exciting adventures

Dorm parents supervise and facilitate weekend trips in and around Boston, including:

  • Bowling
  • Beach excursions
  • Duck Tour of Boston
  • Fireworks and USA Independence Day Celebration on July 4th
  • Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and Harvard Square
  • New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, and the Omni Theatre
  • New England Revolution MLS Soccer at Gillette Stadium

Plus, our “traveling classroom” takes participants on two long-weekend adventures. While camping in New Hampshire, students will have a chance to go hiking, fishing, boating, and share their stories and snacks around a campfire! In New York City, students visit some of the most famous places in New York City including: the United Nations, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, Toys ‘R’ Us, a Broadway show, and Rockefeller Center.

  • English Explorers
I can't think of a better place to spend the summer than in the Fessenden ELL Summer Program. Throughout the five weeks the program lasts you get to know new places, new cultures and you make life-long friendships, and all that while learning english.- 14 year old boy (Mexico)