Distinctive Programs

Experiential Learning

FCDS believes that field trips provide beneficial experiences for boys of all ages and enhance their overall learning experience. There are two types of trips that an FCDS boy might experience during his tenure at the school: curriculum-related trips and character-building trips.
All trips are appropriate for the group attending. Teachers prepare students for the activities and provide guidelines for appropriate public behavior, reminding boys they are the school’s ambassadors during a field trip.

Expanding the Classroom

Curriculum-related field trips expand upon the classroom experience and may be designed to enhance material covered in class. Boys benefit from interactive learning, and many field trips provide an interactive environment. One of the purposes of our education here at FCDS is to foster a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom; field trips are an excellent way to do that. Boys from all grade levels participate in curriculum-related field trips.

Build Character

Character-building field trips are generally reserved for the older boys. Before classes begin, the boys in grades seven through nine travel with faculty members to one of several places for team work, problem solving, and group dynamics activities. These overnight trips allow boys to face numerous challenges and acquaint themselves with appropriate ways to navigate the intricate inner workings of the adolescent world, while also providing them with tools to build successful interpersonal relationships in the future.

The overnight field trips begin in sixth grade with a trip to explore science in nature. The seventh grade travels to the Adirondacks in the winter months to study the environment and outdoor survival skills. The eighth grade explores Boston and its rich history. A long-standing tradition for the ninth grade is a trip to the mountains of New Hampshire at the beginning of the school year and a trip to Miami and the Everglades in the spring. It is a capstone experience for the graduating class.
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.