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Our students see a microphone as an opportunity. They graduate with the courage to have a point of view and the skills to express it, honed through years of practice.

Competence and Confidence

At New Canaan Country School, we believe that being academically well-prepared is simply not enough. To be successful in life, we want our students to have a combination of both competence and confidence. Our learning environment, at each grade level, is deliberately designed to balance academics with age-appropriate social and emotional development.

In the earliest grades, we encourage children to be children - to learn through play, be outdoors, and develop a love for school as they progressively master more challenging work. As they mature, we increase workloads and expectations, while still cultivating the wonder of learning. Our oldest students are developmentally ready for intensive critical thinking, analysis, and preparation for high school.
At New Canaan Country School
At New Canaan Country School
Marisa & Michael DiBiasio of Darien
“Caroline has grown into a confident young woman on a supported path full of discovery, friendship, challenges and opportunities.” - Marisa & Michael DiBiasio of Darien

Public Speaking at Country School

Students here know that it is a safe place where they can try new things. One way we do this is to teach each of our students how to be a confident public speaker.

As early as Beginners (age 3), we guide them in leading daily circle time. In Middle School, they focus on the actual mechanics of public speaking; they are introduced to the fundamentals of speech cadence and rhythm, body awareness and voice projection.

By the time they are in Upper School, students are speaking comfortably at all-school assemblies, participating in mock judicial trials, and making persuasive oral arguments in debates. Their confidence and competence has prepared them for leadership in secondary school and for life.
Public speaking at country school
Public speaking at country school
Jessica Holscott & Jeff Buda of Norwalk
“We are proud of Brendan’s academic progress, but Country School’s lasting impact is the quality of his character — molded over time by special people pushing him in the right way when needed, caring for him and supporting him on so many levels.” - Jessica Holscott & Jeff Buda of Norwalk

Public Speaking Through the Grades

New Canaan Country School - A Student's Path

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.