Academics

Middle School

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  • Gaining the confidence to

    just be him
The transition to the Middle School ignites independence in our boys. The students leave a contained classroom and are introduced to a semi-contained classroom for the fourth and fifth graders. This scaffolding prepares the sixth graders for more independences as they shift to a schedule in which they participate in an eight-period academic day followed by a study hall and then sports. Further independence is fostered via the Advisor Program which begins in the sixth grade and continues through Upper School.

The project-based learning fosters collaboration, creativity, and leadership skills. The boys work on individual projects, as well as group projects in all subject areas. This growth mindset activity proposes a problem in which students are encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zone to find a solution and gain more courage to Meet the Moment.

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  • A Middle School Boy

    In his article in Independent School Magazine, John Stephens, Head of Middle School at Fort Worth Country Day, recommends to his parents Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as a source to help them better understand their middle school boys. He writes, “In Sendak’s book, the protagonist, Max, who looks like a typical fourth or fifth grader to me, and his posse of beasts ‘roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth, rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.’ In short, they behaved like a lot of middle schoolers I know.”
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  • Photo of Deborah Sullinger

    Deborah "Debbie" Sullinger 

    Head of Middle School, English Teacher
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By the spring of the sixth grade, our boys are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities they will discover in Upper School.

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Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, all-boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Founded in 1936 by Laurence W. Gregory, the school has admitted only boys since its inception. As per our mission: Fairfield Country Day School provides an educational community dedicated to the development of impactful young leaders of character and purpose; ready to face the everyday challenges and pivotal turning points of their lifetime with confidence, courage and compassion. Its balanced and challenging program is designed to help each student expand his desire and ability to acquire knowledge, capture his imagination, stimulate his curiosity and creativity, and enhance his self-esteem and respect for others. Each boy’s individual growth is encouraged in an environment that anticipates the future while appreciating the past.

FCDS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FCDS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.