Mission & 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.

Our Mission

The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.

School Profile At a Glance: 2019-2020


Total Students:  568
Boys: 276
Girls: 292
United States students of Color: 105

Early Childhood (age 3–K): 75 
Lower School (Grades 1–4): 194
Middle School (Grades 5–6): 132 
Upper School (Grades 7–9): 167

Total Faculty: 109
Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1

The school draws from 17 towns and provides dedicated bus service to Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Students receiving financial aid or tuition remission: 21% 
Average Grant Size: $34,744
Budgeted financial aid and tuition remission:  $4,169,225 
Operating budget: $29,492,000
Endowment (as of June 30, 2019):  $42,563,534* 
Annual Fund (as of June 30, 2019):  $1,444,429*

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 and access to an outdoor ice rink, and squash and paddle tennis courts. There are also spaces dedicated to student wood working, jewelry making, maple sugaring, innovations and community gathering.

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

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: Beginners Connections, Early Birds, Extended Day, Enrichment Classes, Homework Central and Music Academy. Our after school programs are fully staffed until 5:30 p.m.

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

• 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 2019 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 2019 who applied to independent schools were accepted to their first choice school.
  • 80% of all 2019 graduates are on AP math track (AB or BC Calculus or AP Statistics).

Over the past five years (2015–2018), Country School students have matriculated to these schools