Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 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?

    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.
  • Is transportation available?

    • Madison residents are able to take a Madison bus at no charge.
    • Families from the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook can take the East Bus. 
      • One-way $1,585/year
      • Round-trip $2,650/year
  • In which towns do Country School community members live?

    The Country School community comes from 28 nearby area towns and cities:
  • 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:
    • Owl’s Nest, our before- (beginning at 7:30 a.m.) and after-school (until 6 p.m.) program.
    • Homework Haven, an after-school program for 4th-8th Grade students. Locations and times vary by grade.
    • Intramural sports
    • Robotics Team, Model UN, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Chess Club, Tennis Club
    • Hot lunch program through Panera
    • 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
  • Photo of Kathleen Zane

    Mrs. Kathleen Zane 

    Associate Director of Admission
    (203) 421-3113

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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.