2021

  • April

    Grandparents Chien and Taina Chao at Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

    $2.5 Million Gift from the Jefferson Family will Support Diversity and Financial Accessibility

    New Canaan Country School parents Cathy and Brett Jefferson have made one of the largest gifts in NCCS history, recently pledging $2.5 million to support diversity and financial accessibility for students. 
     
    “Our vision is to identify and support outstanding students who do not have the economic means to attend NCCS and afford them the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. We hope that there will be many outstanding Chao Scholars that will benefit from our gift and we are also hopeful that NCCS will benefit from the diversity this program will offer,” said Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson in a letter to Head of School Aaron Cooper.
     
    The gift will create the Chien and Taina Chao Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Mrs. Jefferson’s parents who came to the U.S. to pursue their advanced education, both earning PhDs in chemistry and building successful careers in science. The gift is being made through The Catherine Jefferson Foundation, which Brett and Cathy founded, and, in part, by Hildene Capital Management.
     
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  • Mancini Family Establishes Faculty Diversity Fund

    In 2020, Country School grandparent and parent of alumni Bob Mancini reached out to NCCS to express his family’s interest in supporting the school’s commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). 

    The family has a deep legacy of support here at Country School. They established a separate endowed fund to support the school’s sports program several years ago. In conversations with Head of School Aaron Cooper, Bob shared the family’s intent to shift the scope and focus of the fund - and add additional funds - to directly support Country School’s dedication to being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, with the goal of becoming a leader among independent schools.
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  • Solar Panels Installed on New Athletics & Wellness Center

    At the end of March, 692 solar panels were installed on the roof of the new Athletics and Wellness Center to complete the construction of a 280km solar system. This effort furthers Country School’s commitment to environmental sustainability and will increase the school’s solar energy use from about 10% to about 50%, while saving the school nearly $27k in utility costs each year. The school has already been using solar power generated by a solar array atop the Stevens Upper School Building.
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  • March

    Our Community's Generosity Leads Campaign 'Boldly Forward'

    Five years ago, we launched the Boldly Forward Capital Campaign to raise critically important funds to construct new community spaces, improve our facilities, and strengthen our endowment. Today, our campus has been made even more beautiful by the addition of the Susan Haigh Carver ‘51 Dining Hall & Commons, and our athletics and PE programs are even stronger thanks to our incredible new Athletics & Wellness Center. Additionally, support for the Campaign has helped to significantly strengthen and grow Country School’s endowment.
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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.