Upper School

Secondary School Counseling

At Fairfield Country Day School, our Secondary School Placement Team works with each family to educate them
about the options for high school.
The SSPT helps manage the process by taking into account the family’s desires and the student’s profile. Through the thoughtful and personalized approach, FCDS has successfully placed students in high caliber schools across the Northeast, both private and public.

List of 7 items.

  • What is the next best step for my son?

    Transitioning from Country Day is an exciting process. As is the case with transitions, numerous decisions will have to be considered and made. Should you look into public and private options? What does boarding school entail? What are our day school options and how does one, compare to the next? Should we consider large or small schools? Do we need to compare single sex to co-ed? This purpose of the information contained in this guide is to assist our families in the search process. Having participated in this process with most of the Country Day graduates who have come before you, it is our hope that families understand that we seek to listen, and inform while sharing the same goal of finding the next best school for each of our boys.
  • Role of the School

    Throughout the secondary school admission process, the Secondary School Placement Team work together to provide advice and support to students and their families. We meet regularly with secondary school representatives on our campus and visit schools ourselves. We speak to FCDS graduates and their families to remain current about the strengths and special features of schools. While we cannot assume to know everything about every school, the fact that we have placed graduates in the surrounding public schools and most of the private schools in New England gives us a history with, and experience to understand the options. This information allows Country Day to recommend schools that are likely to match a student’s strengths and interests.
    Read More
  • Timetable

    Summer between 7th and 8th grade, and 8th and 9th grade
    • Parents will receive an invitation from FCDS inviting them to meet at school to discuss secondary school options.
    • Families are encouraged to start conversations about what might make sense for their sons.
    • Families are encouraged to visit school websites and campuses to discover the different communities and cultures that secondary schools provide.
    Read More
  • Schooling Options

    A key part of understanding the process of secondary school placement, is becoming familiar with the options that are available to our boys. We encourage our families to visit school websites, and take trips to schools. We also encourage our families to network with others in the Country Day community who have had experience with receiving schools.
    Read More
  • Visiting Schools

    Even before a definitive lists of schools is compiled by a family, it might make sense to drive through campuses of some schools. It is a great way to get a sense of the environment. No matter what types of schools are of interest, it makes sense to be in contact with the schools either online or by phone.
    Read More
  • Applying to Schools

    After visits, discussions, and meetings, boys need to contemplate submitting applications to those private schools that seem like potential good fits. Families should take special care to notify FCDS of a final list of schools that our boys will be formally applying to as soon as possible. This will allow the school to speak to receiving schools in advance of visits, and to prepare us for conversations initiated by receiving schools.
    Read More
  • Decision Time

    Schools will notify applicants of their decisions at various times. As it is with the application process, day schools tend to notify earlier, and work on a different timetable than boarding schools. The trend has moved towards receiving schools notifying candidates electronically.
    Read More


  • Avon Old Farms
  • Berkshire School
  • Brooks School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde High School
  • Fairfield Preparatory School
  • Greens Farms Academy
  • Hopkins SChool
  • St. Luke's School
  • St. Paul's School
  • Staples High School
  • The Loomis Chafee School
  • The Taft School
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.