Admission

FAQs

Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear during our conversations with prospective parents. We hope these answers will be helpful to you as you think about the admission process. Please also browse the rest of our website where you will find more detailed information about our philosophy, academic program, arts and athletics, as well as our faculty and our community.

FAQs

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • When should I begin the admission process?

    It is best to begin the admission process the year before you would like your child to enter Country School. Parent interviews and tours of the school begin the first week of October, and we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience to allow for flexibility in scheduling your visit and to give yourself adequate time to learn about our school.
  • Is there an application deadline?

    Yes, the priority deadline for a completed application is January 15. The deadline for a submitted financial aid application is also January 15. We are happy to accept late applications which will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Do you accept late applications?

    Yes, recognizing that there are many reasons that a family may need to submit an application after the priority deadline of January 15, we do accept late applications. We cannot, however, guarantee that we will have openings beyond our initial round of acceptances. If that is the case, we inform families that we will be happy to consider their application if an appropriate space becomes available.
  • For what grades do you accept applications?

    We accept applications for all grade levels, Beginners (starting age 3) through Grade 9. Our principal entry points are Beginners, Kindergarten, and Middle School (grades 5 and 6.) Spaces in other grades levels may also be available, and we are happy to consider candidates at all grade levels as space allows.
  • Do you have an Open House?

    Dates for all Admission events including Open Houses may be found on our Visit and Explore page.
  • Is financial aid available?

    Believing strongly that the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent to any prospective student or family, Country School has a long-standing policy of offering need-based financial aid to eligible admission applicants. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Country School awarded over $3.8 million in financial aid. You will find more detailed information on our Financial Aid page or by contacting our Admission Office. Please let us know if you have questions.

  • How many students attend Country School?

    Country School has four divisions and this year's enrollment, by division, is:

     
    Early ChildhoodBeginners-Kindergarten86 students
    Lower SchoolGrades 1-4217 students
    Middle SchoolGrades 5-6133 students
    Upper SchoolGrades 7-9159 students
    Total current enrollment595 students
     








  • What is the typical class size and what is the student/teacher ratio?

    Class sizes typically range from 15-19, depending on the grade and the subject. All classes, from Beginners through Grade 6, have two teachers in each classroom. The overall students/teacher ratio is 6:1.
  • How large is the campus?

    We are fortunate to be located on a beautiful 75-acre campus, with a separate classroom building for each division, two gyms, a woodshop, main administration building, and six playing fields. Our campus includes a nature preserve with an outdoor classroom, a vernal pond, a challenge course and even a sugar house!  Additionally, the school benefits from a relationship with the New Canaan Winter Club which allows our students’ use of the ice rink for Physical Education and team hockey.
  • What is Country School's commitment to diversity?

    Our students will live in a world more diverse and interdependent than that of any previous generation. At New Canaan Country School, we believe that helping students to understand and attain their intellectual, creative, moral and physical potential means, among other things, preparing them for responsible citizenship in such a world. The school is committed to the development of compassionate people who value and respect our common humanity. We believe that an inclusive school community invites greater academic and personal success and strengthens a sense of belonging. We strive to create an environment where each member feels comfortable and accepted and where differences and commonalities are appreciated in equal measure. Please visit the Diversity & Inclusion section to learn more. 
  • What ages are included in the Beginners program?

    Our Beginners program is comprised of two age groups to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
     
    Beginners 3/4: Students must be 3 years old by August 31 of the year they begin school
    Beginners 4/5: Students must be 4 years old by August 31 of the year they begin school
  • What is the age requirement and what is the schedule for Kindergarten?

    Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by August 31 of the year they begin school. The Kindergarten schedule is the same as our Lower School Schedule:
     
    8:15-2:50 p.m.Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:15-12:25 p.m.Wednesday
  • Does Country School offer a before and after-school program?

    Yes, we do. Early Birds, our before school program, is available to Beginners through Grade 4 students, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Extended Day, our afternoon program, is available for students in Beginners through Grade 6 for an additional fee. Please visit the Plus Programs page to learn more about this program.
  • Does Country School have bus service for its students?

    Yes, we do. Children ages 4 and above are eligible to ride the bus; the anticipated bus charge is $2,150 for those living outside of New Canaan; the charge for those living in New Canaan is less – estimated at $1, 200, since the town is required to contribute toward the cost of transportation for all town residents. The policy of the school is to charge all families for our bus service if they live near the scheduled routes. Only those who live close enough to school to walk safely or who live beyond the borders of our bus system are exempt from this charge. Exceptions may be made for eligible Beginners and Kindergarten children whose parents may choose not to have their child use the bus. This mandatory-fee policy has been adopted by the Board so that Country School can be a regional school, not just local, school, with all parents sharing the expense for transportation and thereby holding the per-child cost to a minimum.
     
  • Where do most students live?

    While 39% of our student population comes from New Canaan, we are a regional school comprised of students who live in over 15 area towns in both Connecticut and New York.
  • Are there school uniforms? 

    No, Country School students do not wear uniforms but we do have a dress code for each division which assures that students are dressed appropriately and comfortably for the school day.
  • Does the school provide lunch?

    Yes. Lunch is available, at an additional fee, for students in Grades 1-9. Most students participate in our lunch program. Beginners who stay for the afternoon program and Kindergarteners bring their lunch to school.
  • Are there opportunities for parent involvement at Country School?

    Definitely! Parents are a vital element of our community and there are many ways that they can choose to contribute their time, energy and talents to Country School. All parents are members of our Parents’ Association, which organizes a wide range of programs and events. Please visit our Parent Association page for more information.
  • Where do the Country School graduates go after ninth grade?

    Each year, our graduates go on to attend a variety of public, independent day and boarding schools. Country School’s Director of Secondary School Counseling works closely with families to find a selection of schools that match each student’s profile. We take great pride in our graduates who are highly valued in their secondary schools not only for their academic preparation but also for their range of talents, interests and leaderships skills. Please visit our Secondary School Counseling page to see a list of schools that recent Country School graduates are attending.