International Students

Welcome to The Country School and the International Students Program

We celebrate diversity of all kinds at The Country School and encourage international students to experience our program, one that distinguishes itself by educating beyond the classroom walls. In addition to the required minimum five academic classes, including courses in English, math, history, science, and a world language, either Spanish or French, we offer Latin, physical education, art, instrumental and choral music, and drama. Our Mission-driven programs highlight our uniqueness. Our young leaders speak comfortably in public to adults and peers, family and strangers. They prove that what they have to say is important and that what others have to say is worth hearing; the school-wide Elmore Leadership Program develops students into civic-minded citizens who will become tomorrow’s leaders; through integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) students tackle real-world problems creatively and collaboratively; and our signature Outdoor Education program provides unique learning and leadership opportunities for all participants.

While at The Country School, students will be provided with opportunities to improve their English proficiency; experience American culture and history; take advantage of The Country School’s geographic location, with its proximity to New York City, Boston, and New Haven; and to be considered for placement in elite prep schools, competitive boarding schools, or area parochial secondary schools.

The Country School partners with Apex International Education Partners (AIEP), for international student recruitment, enrollment, and home-stay coordination. Since its inception, AIEP has overseen the placement of approximately 600 international students in U.S. schools. International students proficient in English who wish to apply to The Country School should contact AIEP via email or phone:, +01 203.992.2437.

Completed applicant files include the following:

• Official transcripts

• Previous year final transcript

• Teacher Recommendations: English, Math


• Skype Interview, by appointment

• Copy of passport

International Student Tuition for the Academic Year 2019-2020:

  • 5th Grade: $34,530
  • 6th-7th Grade: $36,920
  • 8th Grade: $37,540

Stoney shares his culture

It was a hard decision to come to America and attend The Country School, but I believe that my experience has been worth letting go of everything I had in China to start a new life here. I still remember the day I left. It was like any other trip I’ve made alone, yet it would be longer than any trip I have ever had. My parents were by the inspection entrance, looking at me, waving. I looked back, and waved back. Honestly, I didn’t feel nervous, or scared – all I felt was excitement, the excitement of stepping into a whole new different life. It was not until two days later that I realized that I left my parents, my friends, my beloved cats… I was stunned, and at the same time, hollow.

Soon, in this vast emptiness, I came to my first day at Country.

The newly paved circle, shadowy trees, kids ranging from toddlers to teenagers. It is just such a beautiful place. For the first time, I entered the DeFrancis Gymnasium. I was there for orientation with my host mom. There I met my fellow classmates for the first time. They just walked up to me and started comparing height with me. I was really surprised, confused, and also happy. Surprised by how they just walked up to me and started asking questions, confused by their weird focus, and happy about them not having any stereotypes about Chinese people and confronting me with questions. No, it came much more easily. I guess that’s the privilege of a small community school – it is easy to get to know someone since everyone is nice and friendly. They treat me like no other, well, except for what I know about China and my culture.

I officially started my life at the Country School on September 5. After I finally got to take part in the actual classrooms and not just look at school profiles; it opened up a whole new world for me. It has been an amazing experience involving project based classroom and discussion based classrooms. I still recall the education I received in China; yes, they did teach us how to take in facts, how to answer questions, and how to get all the points on a test. Yet what we didn’t learn was how to question, how to think outside the box, how to use the knowledge we have to face practical, everyday problems. I may have been well prepared academically in China, but there is still more to learn here.

The fascinating fact about The Country School is that freedom within limits inspires us more. At Country, my creativity and curiosity are benefitted the most. I seek answers, but not just only know how to write out answers or get them “right.” I make them, I prove them, I present them. I believe these research and DO-IT-MYSELF skills will benefit me for the rest of my life.

– Stoney Xu, 8th Grade International Student

2018 AIEP Summer Cultural Exchange Opportunity

Apex International Education Partners (AIEP), our partnered student recruiting agency, is extending a unique opportunity to our students at The Country School. Many international students come to the US to attend summer camp each year ~ this opportunity is for a small group of selected American students to go on an expense-paid Cultural Exchange Summer Camp in Chengdu, China from July 12th to the 25th (tentative return date). We are looking for independent and motivated students who would like to represent TCS by participating in this camp to share language, culture, activities and fun (Did you know that Chengdu is the Panda Bear Breeding capitol of the world? ~ and Yes! You will get to see the panda bears). Students who attend will be living with a host family who does speak English. If you have any questions, please see Beth Coyne. As this is a new development, details are still being finalized and time is short to apply ~ Deadline for applications is Monday, Memorial Day midnight. Selected participants will be notified by May 30th. Please access the below link to apply.

Also attached are a Flyer on the program and a FAQ.