New Canaan Country School welcomes applications for all grade levels (Beginners through Grade 9). We encourage you to begin the admission process and the information below will provide you with a general outline of our procedures. We are delighted that you are considering Country School for your child and we stand ready to help you along the way!

Step 1: Inquire

Please complete and submit our inquiry form so that we may include you in our mailings as a means to get to know our program and the admission process. We are happy to answer any questions you may have either by phone (203) 801-5608 or by email.

Step 2: Virtual Parent Interview and Tour

During this time, we will be conducting the parent interview, a required part of the admission process, by video conference. We welcome this conversation at any time, either before or after you have submitted an application. We are also offering on-campus parent tours by appointment should you wish to visit.

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 to 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 required 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 started 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 Community Portal will reflect the most accurate status of your application progress.

Step 4: Standardized Testing (Grades 6-9 only)

We require that applicants to Grades 6-9 take 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. When signing up for a test, please keep our application deadline (January 15) in mind.

Step 5: Virtual Student Visit 

We look forward to getting to know your child through the application process. During this time, we will contact you to schedule a virtual student visit and, for students applying to Grades 7-9, an interview. See the NCCS Community Portal for details that apply to you.

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 Checklist. 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

While our priority application deadline has passed, we are still ​accepting applications for our next round of admission decisions. We recommend ​that you contact us prior to submitting an application to discuss the possibility of space in the grade in which you are interested as well as to understand next steps.

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.