Upper School
Secondary School Counseling

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.
In planning for secondary school, many questions need to be considered. A few of these might include…
  • What school culture/community best suits my son and our family?
  • Should we explore private and/or public?
  • What does a boarding school offer?
  • What are our day school options?
  • Will a smaller environment be better than a larger one?
  • Should we stay at FCDS for ninth grade?
  • Should we consider taking a look at co-ed schools, boy’s schools, or both?
  • Should my son consider repeating a year?
  • How many schools should we apply to?

A number of these questions can and should be answered by the family, but receiving assistance from the administration in understanding the answers to some of the questions that arise, is critical. Answers to all of a family’s questions can and will become clearer as the process unfolds. FCDS will be very interested in helping manage the process, and will use our first meetings to get a sense of what the family is looking for. Depending on a family’s desires, we will begin to advise families on schools that seem to be potential fits for our boys. Having sent our boys to most private schools in the northeast, and the local public schools, we have a relationship and working knowledge of the options. Please use our expertise!
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.