Admission Process for Beginner Applicants
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Please note:
  • 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 and toilet trained by Aug. 31 of their year of entry.
Fill out an Inquiry Form
Click here to complete an inquiry form so that we may get to know your family and include you in our future mailings.
Schedule an On-Campus Visit Experience
Parents and guardians are invited to take a tour of our 85-acre campus and see our program in action. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about what your child’s experience could be at Country School.
Individual Tours are led by an admission representative and last approximately 45 minutes. Please call the Admission Office (203) 801-5608 to schedule.
Group Tours are led by a current parent and will resume in the spring. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Early Childhood Open Houses
Get a first-hand look at our classrooms, meet our teachers and divisional leaders, and learn more about our academic, athletic and art programs, which are deliberately designed to meet the needs of students at each stage of their educational journeys.
In-person, Thacher Building, 10 a.m.
Submit an Application
To begin your application, click here and create an account in our NCCS Community Portal. If you are a current Country School family please use your current username to begin the process. If applicable, complete Parents' Financial Aid Statement (PFS) and upload to School and Student Services for Financial Aid.
Submit a Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is an opportunity for you to tell us more about what your family is looking for in a school community. Your reflections also provide us with a deeper understanding of your child, specifically what sparks their interest and fuels their curiosity.
Schedule a Parent/Guardian Interview
The Parent/Guardian Interview is a one-to-one opportunity for you to ask questions about Country School and for us to get to know your child and family. The interviews may be self-scheduled over Zoom or in person once your application has been submitted.
Submit the following Supporting Materials:
  • One current classroom teacher recommendation completed after November 1. (If your child's school does not provide a Teacher Recommendation or if your child does not attend school yet, please submit the Personal or Extracurricular Recommendation form.)
  • At-home video assessment (instructions for the video prompts will be sent to you in November).
Schedule a Student Visit
After submitting an application, Beginner applicants will be invited for a group visit. These classroom visits are designed to be enjoyable and engaging. We gather a small group of prospective students together with Country School teachers for cooperative play, story time and a short individual assessment. The Admission Office will work with you to schedule your child’s visit in either November or January.
Key Dates for the 2022-23 Admission Season
September 15, 2022 Beginners - Grade 9 Applications Open
October 3, 2022 On-Campus Tours Begin
December 1, 2022 Beginners Early Action Applications Due
December 14, 2022 Beginners Early Action Notifications via Email
January 15, 2023 Completed Admission & Financial Aid Application Deadline for Beginners - Grade 9
*Applications received after January 15 are accepted on a rolling basis and are not guaranteed to have a decision by February 22.
February 22, 2023 Admission Decision Notifications via Email
March 10, 2023 Enrollment Contracts Due
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.