Admission

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 items.

  • What are the age requirements for students entering The Country School?

    Although we view this more as a guideline than a requirement, children entering our PreSchool are three years old and potty trained by September 30. Students entering PreKindergarten are four years old by September 30.
  • How much is private school?

    Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for details. The tuition schedule varies by division and for our youngest learners who have partial week and full week options.
  • When is tuition due? What are the important payment schedule dates?

    Options
    To ensure enrollment, a 10% tuition deposit is required with the return of the enrollment contract. The following options are available through Smart Tuition for payment of tuition balances.
     
    Annual Payment Plan
    You may choose to pay in two installments:
    -         10% reservation deposit with return of enrollment contract
    -         90% tuition balance due by July 31
     
    Semi-Annual Payment Plan
    You may choose to pay in three installments:
    -         10% reservation deposit with return of enrollment contract
    -         60% first tuition payment due by July 31
    -         30% final tuition payment due by November 30
     
    Monthly Payment Plan
    This plan gives you the ability to spread your payments out over ten months (after the initial 10% tuition deposit) from April through January. Payments for missed months will be front-loaded for late enrollees.
  • What does tuition cover?

    Tuition includes books and materials, all curricular and co-curricular classroom activities, most field trips, and participation in clubs, athletics, and arts productions.
  • When does school start?

    All students must arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. and they report directly to their classrooms or first period classes. Attendance will be taken and the school day begins at 8:10 a.m. Students arriving late must check in at the Farmhouse.

    The school does not provide supervision in classrooms before 8:00 a.m. Before-school care is available through Owl’s Nest.

    When students are dropped off at school in the morning, they will be greeted at both traffic circles by a member of the Administration or Staff. 
  • When does school end?

    PreS and PreK 

    • 3:00 dismissal

    Kindergarten -Grade 4 

    • 3:05 dismissal

    5th - 8th Grade

    • 3:20 dismissal
  • Is transportation available?

    • Madison residents are able to take a Madison bus for free.
    • Families from the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook can take the East Bus. Fees for this service are based on participation.
  • Is there a dress code?

    The Country School expects a standard of dress during the school day that respects the atmosphere of learning and sets a proper tone for the work day. All clothing should be neat, clean, modest, and in good taste. The simple rule of thumb is “dress up, not down.” A more detailed description of our dress code is available in our Student Handbook.
  • Do you offer any clubs or extracurricular programs?

    We offer an array of ancillary programs, both before and after school or, in the case of hot lunch, during school. Fees for these programs are based on participation. These programs include:

    • Owl’s Nest, our before- (7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.) and after-school (until 6 p.m.) program.
    • Homework Haven, an after-school program for Middle School students until 5 p.m. Located in the Elmore Library, Homework Haven provides a quiet area, monitored by a Middle School teacher, where students can do homework or work on projects with any necessary resources at their finger tips.
    • Intramural sports
    • Before- or after-school activities such as the Robotics Team, Model UN, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Chess Club, Tennis Club
    • Hot lunch program
    • Young Musicians Program
  • Where do your graduates typically attend high school and college?

    The Country School provides an education that lasts a lifetime, preparing graduates to go on to a range of high schools, including Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, Daniel Hand, Ethel Walker, Exeter, Fairfield Prep, Guilford High School, Hamden Hall, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Kingswood Oxford, Lauralton Hall, Loomis Chaffee, Lyme Old Lyme High School, Mercy, Miss Porter’s, Pomfret, St. Paul’s, Suffield Academy, Taft, Westminster, Williams, Xavier, and more.

    Recent college choices include: American University, Amherst, Barnard, Bates, Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Haverford, Kenyon, Lafayette, MIT, NYU, Oberlin, Princeton, St. Andrews (Scotland), St. Lawrence, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity, Trinity College Dublin, Tulane, UCLA, University of Connecticut, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Villanova, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Yale.

Admissions Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Pamela Glasser

    Mrs. Pamela Glasser 

    Director of Admission
    (203) 421-3113 x125
  • Photo of Kathleen Zane

    Mrs. Kathleen Zane 

    Associate Director of Admission
    (203) 421-3113 x151

Start Your Journey

341 Opening Hill Road, Madison, CT 06443
P. 203-421-3113  |  F. 203-421-4390  |  Health Office F. 860-469-2550
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.