Admission

How To Apply

New Canaan Country School welcomes applications for all grade levels (Beginners through Grade 9). We encourage you to begin the admission process right away, and the information below provides you with a general outline of the procedures.
 
We are delighted that you are considering Country School for your child and we stand ready to help you along the way so please contact us at (203) 801-5608) if you have any questions.

SUBMIT THE INITIAL APPLICATION

Submitting the initial application not only allows us to contact you regarding scheduling your child’s visit to Country School, a required part of the admission process, but also ensures that we may monitor the receipt of the other application pieces.

Applications for admission should be accompanied by a non-refundable $75 ($150 for international) application fee. A waiver of the application fee is available on request for those families for whom the fee represents a financial burden. To request a waiver please contact the Admission Office

PARENT VISIT/TOUR

Please contact the admission office to schedule a parent visit and tour. 

Please note that as students applying to Grades 7, 8 and 9 are required to interview as part of their application, families may wish to combine the student interview with the parent visit. Parents and their children are invited to tour campus together at this time.

Students considering Grades 4, 5 and 6 are welcome to accompany their parents for the campus tour as part of their parents' visit.

Please contact the Admission Office ((203) 801-5608) if you have questions and to schedule your visit. 

APPLICANT VISIT AND TESTING

Once we receive your application, the Admission Office will contact you with a date for your child's visit to Country School. Depending on the grade for which your child is applying, these visits entail Admission Office and/or teacher-directed assessments, group visits and/or class “shadow” visits.

Regarding standardized testing, please click on the appropriate grade-level links below to learn more.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Beginners
    (Applicants must be at least 3 years old by Aug. 31 of their year of entry)

    Student Visit:
    Applicants for Beginners are invited to participate in a classroom visit. Information regarding the visit will be sent to you after submission of the initial application. Parents of our younger visiting students are expected to remain on campus during their children’s visit.
  • Kindergarten
    (Applicants must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of their year of entry)

    Student Visit:
    Our Kindergarten applicants are invited to participate in a classroom visit. Information regarding the visit will be sent to you after submission of the initial application. Parents of our younger visiting students are expected to remain on campus during their children’s visit.
     
    Individual Assessment:
    We look forward to meeting each of our Kindergarten applicants individually for a readiness assessment. This assessment lasts for about 45 minutes; parents are asked to remain on campus while their child is assessed. The Admission Office will contact you with a date for your child's assessment.
  • Grade 1

    Student Visit:
    Applicants for Grades 1 are invited to Country School for a classroom visit. Visiting children will be given an individual assessment while on campus. More information regarding the visit will be communicated to all applying families. Parents of our younger visiting students are expected to remain on campus during their children’s visit.
  • Grade 2

    Student Visit & Assessment
    Applicants for Grades 2 are invited to Country School for a classroom visit. Visiting children will be given an individual assessment while on campus. More information regarding the student visit will be communicated to all applying families.
  • Grade 3

    Student Visit & Assessment:
    Applicants for Grades 3 are invited to Country School for a classroom visit. Visiting children will be given an individual assessment while on campus. More information regarding the student visit will be communicated to all applying families.
  • Grade 4

    Student Visit:
    Applicants for Grade 4 are invited to Country School for a classroom visit. More information regarding the student visit will be communicated to all applying families.
     
    Assessment:
    Applicants for Grade 4 are required to take the Elementary Level Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). This standardized test, designed specifically for this age group but administered on select dates, is offered at a variety of locations. For information or to register for this test, go to the SSAT website, www.ssat.org.

  • Grades 5 and 6

    Student Visit:
    Applicants for Grades 5 and 6 are invited to Country School for a shadow visit. Details regarding visit dates will be sent to you after submission of the initial application.

    Grade 5 Assessment:
    Applicants to Grade 5 are required to take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or Elementary Level Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Information regarding testing levels, registration, deadlines, test sites and test dates can be found on the following websites: ISEE: www.iseetest.org; SSAT: www.ssat.org.

    Grade 6 Assessment:
    Applicants to Grade 6 are required to take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Information regarding testing levels, registration, deadlines, test sites and test dates can be found on the following websites:ISEE: www.iseetest.org; SSAT: www.ssat.org.
  • Grades 7-9

    Student Visit:
    Applicants for Grades 7, 8 and 9 are invited to Country School for a shadow visit. Details regarding visit dates will be sent to you after submission of the initial application

    Student Interview:
    An applicant interview is required for all students applying to the Upper School. This may take place as part of the parent visit or as part of the student shadow visit. Please call the Admission Office to schedule a date/time that is convenient for your child.

    Assessment:
    Applicants to Grades 7, 8 and 9 are required to take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Information regarding testing levels, registration, deadlines, test sites and test dates can be found on the following websites: ISEE: www.iseetest.org; SSAT: www.ssat.org

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (All other required documents)

Please submit all application materials as soon as possible, and before the January 15 priority deadline. You can find all the supplemental forms required in the Admission Portal

Beginners
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Extracurricular Recommendation Form (optional)
Kindergarten
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Extracurricular Recommendation Form (optional)
Grade 1 through Grade 4
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Transcript 
  • Transcript Release Form
  • Extracurricular Recommendation Form (optional) 
Grade 5 through 9
  • Parent/Guardian Statement 
  • Applicant Statement
  • Transcript
  • Transcript Release Form 
  • Teacher Recommendation Forms 
  • Extracurricular Recommendation Form (optional)

FINANCIAL AID

Applications for financial aid must be submitted via School and Student Services (SSS) simultaneously with the admission application. It is important to note that since the priority deadline of January 15 has passed, it is highly unlikely that we will have any financial aid available for late applicants. Please contact the admission office for more information.

New Canaan Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to 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, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies or any other school-administered programs.