Educating the Whole Boy
Fairfield Country Day School offers a rigorous academic environment that challenges each boy to reach his full potential. Small classroom settings and a boy-specific curriculum increases student engagement and escalates overall academic performance. Steeped in the tradition of liberal arts, FCDS is committed to teaching effective communication skills; writing, reading, and public speaking, across the academic program. In our ongoing efforts to successfully prepare our graduates for the 21st Century, we have identified ten core competencies that are currently benchmarked and measured from pre-kindergarten to ninth grade. These competencies are introduced and reinforced in each facet of our program; academics, the arts, and athletics. The ten competencies include: scholarship, resiliency, stewardship, leadership, digital citizenship, empathy, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication.
Our small class size and emphasis on community allows our teachers to form lasting, meaningful relationships with our students that instill a desire for success and a lifetime love of learning. Relational learning, or the connections between boys and their teachers that drive boys to perform in school, is central to the mission of Fairfield Country Day School. FCDS teachers engage with boys in multiple settings. Our success is in large part due to our model of expecting teachers to teach, coach (often more than one athletic season), serve as an advisor, lead a lunch table (sit down, family style lunch daily), and supervise numerous extracurricular activities.
In 1996 FCDS was selected by Toshiba/Microsoft as one of twenty schools nationwide to launch a 1:1 student laptop program. Today FCDS remains at the forefront of educational technology. Throughout the grades, our current multi platform approach introduces Apple iPads, PC-based Lenovo laptops, and a combination of Macbooks and Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The newly renovated Learning Commons (2013) includes state of the art digital video editing equipment, a digital audio recording studio, and a distance learning lab to facilitate global communication. Technology bolsters our curriculum across all grade levels and disciplines by creating a dynamic educational experience that matches the energetic, high-tech learning style of our boys.
FCDS recognizes and appreciates the range of learning styles within our student body. Our teachers apply differentiated lesson plans and differentiated methods of assessments to insure effective engagement with every boy. Our team of learning specialists works with small groups to provide additional academic scaffolding and skill reinforcement as needed