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: 2020-2021


ENROLLMENT COMPOSITION

Total Students: 570
Boys: 284
Girls: 286
United States students of Color: 113

ENROLLMENT BY DIVISION
Early Childhood (age 3–K): 81 
Lower School (Grades 1–4): 208
Middle School (Grades 5–6): 121 
Upper School (Grades 7–9): 160

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

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
The school draws from 20 towns and provides dedicated bus service to Fairfield and Westchester counties.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Students receiving financial aid or tuition remission: 26% 
Average Grant Size: $30,130
Budgeted financial aid and tuition remission:  $4,920,000 
Operating budget: $29,449,000
Endowment (as of June 30, 2020):  $41,837,663* 
Annual Fund (as of June 30, 2020):  $1,513,971*

GENERAL INFORMATION
Our 75-acre campus includes 4 dedicated academic divisional buildings, a main building, 2 gymnasiums, a library, 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 2020 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. 

  • 91% of those members of the Class of 2020 who applied to independent schools were accepted to their first-choice school.
  • 80% of all 2020 graduates are on AP math track (AB or BC Calculus or AP Statistics).

Over the past five years (2015–2019), Country School students have matriculated to these schools