About

At a Glance

FOUNDED IN 1916, New Canaan Country School has been a preeminent leader in elementary and middle school education for more than 100 years. Our programs are designed specifically for the elementary and middle school years to foster excellence in learning and academic achievement, and to encourage curiosity, collaboration and community.

Mission

We create an active, joyful learning environment where children are challenged to think deeply, question confidently, and act generously so that they may lead lives of impact and purpose.

School Profile At a Glance: 2021-2022


ENROLLMENT COMPOSITION

Total Students: 566
Boys: 289
Girls: 277
United States Students of Color (self-identified): 113

ENROLLMENT BY DIVISION
Early Childhood (age 3–K): 93 
Lower School (Grades 1–4): 202
Middle School (Grades 5–6): 110 
Upper School (Grades 7–9): 161

FACULTY INFORMATION
Total Faculty: 104
Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
The school draws from 18 towns and provides dedicated bus service to Fairfield and Westchester counties.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Students receiving financial aid or tuition remission: 26% 
Average Grant Size: $38,500
Budgeted financial aid and tuition remission:  $6,000,000 
Operating budget: $29,709,589
Endowment (as of June 30, 2021):  $53,867,338* 
Annual Fund (as of June 30, 2021):  $2,257,264*
*unaudited

GENERAL INFORMATION
Our 85-acre campus includes 4 dedicated academic divisional buildings, a main building, 2 gymnasiums, 2 libraries, a performing arts auditorium and a dining hall. It also features 35 acres of woodlands and trails, a low ropes course, an outdoor classroom, athletic fields, 4 squash courts, a state of the art training facility and access to an outdoor ice rink and paddle tennis courts. There are also spaces dedicated to student wood working, science, robotics, engineering, maker, music, performing and visual arts, maple sugaring, innovations and community gathering.

Founded: 1916
School motto: Fortune Favors the Bold
School colors: Blue and White
Athletic mascot: Cougar

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Our Plus Program offers before and after school programming for all students in Pre-K through Grade 9. The program provides several options for enrichment and fun in a nurturing environment. Our after school programs are fully staffed until 5:30 p.m. Additional fees apply; financial aid available.

ATHLETICS
Number of sports offered: 16
100% of students (Pre-K-Grade 9) participate in physical education and athletics

ACCREDITATIONS/AFFILIATIONS
• National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
• Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
• National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)
• Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX)


* Unaudited

 

Class of 2021 Secondary School Matriculation

Our graduates are sought after by the best day and boarding schools in the country and have excellent public school options as well. 

  • 89% of those members of the class of 2021 who expressed a first choice preference when applying to secondary schools gained admission into their top school.
  • 95% of respondents in the NCCS Class of 2018 Alumni Survey indicated that they maintained an overall GPA exceeding 90% throughout their high school experience. 

Over the past five years (2017–2021), Country School students have matriculated to these schools
New Canaan Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and are afforded all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies or any other school-administered programs.