Signature Programs

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is greatly valued at The Country School. We educate and produce young leaders who can speak comfortably in public to adults and peers, family and strangers. Knowing and using their voices, our students learn that what they have to say is important and that what others have to say is worth hearing.

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    Our Public Speaking signature program has the annual MacLane Poetry Recitation as its most visible growth experience. Begun by the school’s first Headmaster, David T. Maclane, in 1957 and held every year since, the MacLane Recitation is The Country School’s oldest tradition.

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Bill Dennett, educational consultant and former Director of Admission at Choate Rosemary Hall and Emma Willard School

When I worked in admissions, we could always tell which students came from The Country School. In an interview, they were comfortable speaking with adults and could handle unexpected questions because they could think and speak on their feet. Later, when Country School students enrolled, they were among the first to offer an opinion during a class discussion or ask for extra help when it was needed
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.