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.

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  • Role of the School-

    Throughout the secondary school admission process, the Head of Upper School, and the Headmaster 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.
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  • Timetable-

    Summer between 7th and 8th grade, and 8th and 9th grade-
    • Parents will receive an e-mail 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.
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  • 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 that have had experience with receiving schools.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Secondary School Choices
of Recent FCDS Graduates

     Andover Fairfield Warde 
Salisbury School
Avon Old Farms School Greens Farms Academy St. George's School
Berkshire School Groton School St. Paul's School
Blair Academy Hopkins School Staples High School
Canterbury School
Kent School
Suffield Academy
Choate Rosemary Hall  Middlesex School The Lawrenceville School
Deerfield Academy Millbrook School The Loomis Chaffee School
Fairfield Ludlowe  Phillips Exeter Academy The Taft School
Fairfield Preparatory School Pomfret 
Westminster School


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