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PreSchool - Grade 8
Madison, CT

Signature Programs

What makes an education last a lifetime?

At The Country School, we are committed to a vigorous academic curriculum – one that prepares students to thrive alongside the top scientists, historians, mathematicians, writers, artists, and thinkers anywhere. But we also believe that to be truly valuable, truly lasting, an education must also foster social and emotional growth.

To address this affective, or social and emotional, aspect of our curriculum, we have developed four mission-driven signature programs: Elmore Leadership, STEAM, Public Speaking, and Outdoor Education. Starting with our youngest students, everyone in our school engages in a series of activities and experiences designed to teach collaboration and communication, critical thinking, and creativity. They learn what it means to be kind, to empathize, and to really listen to others. They learn the value of cooperation and teamwork and what it's like to persevere through challenges.

These are the same sets of skills experts say young people will need for success in the 21st century. To be truly "educated," we believe that cognitive learning and affective learning must go hand in hand. Ultimately, what matters most is not what we know, but our ability to take this understanding and use it to make a positive difference in the world.


A geodesic dome from a STEAM weather study


Reciting in the MacLane Poetry Recitation, The Country School's oldest tradition

Introducing an Elmore Leadership speaker


A 4-day canoe trip on the Delaware Water Gap


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