Upper School
Secondary School Counseling


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.
Fall of 8th and 9th grade years
  • Families should attend Open Houses for schools of interest as well as schedule tours and interviews.
  • FCDS will hold a nighttime informational meeting pertaining to secondary schools.
  • Families should register for the SSAT at
  • Families should consider registering for an SSAT prep course.
  • Parents and boys should schedule a second appointment with FCDS to review and revise a list of potential secondary schools.
  • Boys should begin the application process by obtaining the correct materials from each school, making sure to note specific requirements and deadlines.
  • Families must provide FCDS an an accurate list of schools that will be receiving a formal application.
  • Students should speak directly to teachers regarding the completion of recommendations. FCDS will provide all forms to teachers.
  • Families should plan to complete visits and interviews by late November, early December.

Early-Mid winter

  • Boys take the SSAT at FCDS. Historically, this has been offered in early December.
  • Boys should work towards completing their part of each application.
  • Parents requesting financial aid should complete the online forms as directed by receiving schools.
  • FCDS will submit transcripts and recommendations to receiving schools before the deadline.
  • Families should submit applications by receiving school deadlines.
  • Receiving schools consider applications
  • Secondary School Placement Team will advocate for our boys through frequent contact with receiving schools


  • Receiving Schools will notify of decisions.
  • Boys will have an opportunity to revisit schools in which they have been accepted to.
  • Families make decisions, with further support from Country Day as needed.
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.