How To Apply

We are delighted that you are considering Country School for your child and we stand ready to help you along the way so please contact us at (203) 801-5608 if you have any questions. New Canaan Country School welcomes applications for all grade levels (Beginners through Grade 9). We encourage you to begin the admission process right away, and the information below provides you with a general outline of our procedures.

Step 1: Inquire

Please complete and submit our inquiry form, and we will mail you a brochure and additional information about our school and the admission process.

Step 2: Parent Visit and Tour

A parent visit and tour is a required part of the admission process. We welcome your visit any time, either before or after you have submitted an application. Families wishing to be considered for priority admission ideally should schedule the visit and tour prior to the January 15 priority deadline.

Step 3: Application

Applying to our Beginners program: Submit your application and complete all required steps in your NCCS Community Portal - click here to create your account get started. If you are a current Country School family please use your current username to start your application. Our Beginners application is not available on the SAO.

Applicants to our Beginners 3/4 program must be at least 3 years old and toilet trained by Aug. 31 of their year of entry. Applicants to our Beginners 4/5 program must be at least 4 years old by Aug. 31 of their year of entry.

Applying to Kindergarten-Grade 9: Please proceed to the Standard Application Online (SAO) to submit your application and other application elements but be sure to monitor your progress here in your NCCS Community Portal. 

Applicants to our Kindergarten program must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 old of their year of entry.

As a member of the Fairchester Independent School Group, New Canaan Country School uses a Common Application known as the "SAO" (Standard Application Online). We recommend that you submit the Student Profile portion on SAO as soon as possible to begin the application process. After we receive notice that you have begun the application using the SAO, we will forward instructions to create your NCCS Applicant Portal through which you can track the status of your application, schedule appointments and register for events. Throughout the admission process, your NCCS Applicant Portal will reflect the most accurate status of your application progress.

Step 4: Standardized Testing (Grades 5-9 only)

Applicants to Grades 5-9 must take either the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Visit these websites for details regarding testing levels, registration, deadlines, test sites and test dates, and when signing up for a test, keep our application deadline in mind. ISEE or SSAT tests offered in January will be considered as part of the priority application.

Step 5: Student Visit and Assessment 

We look forward to your child’s visit to Country School! Depending on the grade for which they are applying, children may be asked to participate in a group visit or may be invited for individual assessments, interviews and/or class visits. See the Applicant Portal for details that apply to you.

You may schedule your child’s visit by accessing your NCCS Applicant Portal or by contacting the Admission Office at (203) 801-5608. 

Step 6: Supporting Materials and Other Information

All other required materials including parent statement/evaluations, student essays, transcripts and recommendations are listed on SAO and on your NCCS Applicant Portal. We strongly encourage you to visit these portals frequently to manage your child’s admission process. If you have any questions throughout the process, we welcome you to call our office at (203) 801-5608.


Priority Deadline - January 15

Beginners App
K-Grade 9 Application
New Canaan Country School uses the Standard Application Online (SAO) for K-Grade 9. To learn more about using the SAO, click here for FAQS and to begin your application, click here.

Applying for Financial Aid

Applications for need-based financial aid assistance must be submitted via School and Student Services (SSS) simultaneously with the admission application and no later than the January 15 priority deadline. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a funds-available basis. Contact the Admission Office for more information. READ MORE.
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.