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 3 years old and potty trained by September 30. Students entering PreKindergarten are 4 years old by September 30.

Will my child be interviewed?

Children applying for PreSchool, PreKindergarten and Kindergarten during the regular admission season will attend a group visit. During this visit, the children are observed in a social setting with peers and as well as during a brief one-on-one time with a teacher.

Students applying to 1st through 8th Grade stay for a full school day in their current grade and are interviewed by a member of the Educational Leadership Team.

Are tours available throughout the year?

At The Country School we consider every day a visit day. We encourage families to visit during the school week to see the campus in full swing. Summer tours are also available. To schedule your visit, please contact admission@thecountryschool.org or call 203-421-3113, extension 122. Please note that we accept applications for admission throughout the calendar year.

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.
  • Families west of Madison can take West Bus which stops in Branford and Guilford. Fees for this service are based on participation.

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.

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.

What are the school's hours?

All students must arrive between 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m, when the school day begins. Dismissal times are as follows:

  • PreSchool and PreK: flexible dismissal between 12:30 and 3 p.m.
  • Kindergarten - 3rd Grade: 3:05 p.m.
  • Grade 4: 3:10 p.m.
  • Grades 5 - 8: 3:14 p.m.

Do you offer any ancillary 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. Click here to see a list of schools attended in recent years as well as a list of recent college choices.

As always, please feel free to

email the Office of Admission

or phone 230-421-3113, extension 122.

We look forward to speaking with you!