Welcome to the Middle School
The Fairfield Country Day Middle School is designed to give boys in grades four, five, and six the opportunity to excel. This age group is characterized by significant intellectual, social, and personal growth. Sometimes a glance at a middle school boy offers a peek into his upcoming teenage years, but just as often a reflection back to when he filled buckets in the sandbox. At FCDS we work hard to simultaneously help the boys reach their potential and provide a safe, nurturing environment.
The Middle School program offers a wide variety of opportunities for the boys. On any given day, a middle-school boy experiences reading, writing, math, science, technology, language, and athletics. Boys in each grade level also learn to read music, perform in concerts, recite poetry in front of a large audience, deliver game reports in assembly, draw, sketch and create. The homeroom model in the fourth and fifth grades and the advisor program in sixth grade also offer the boys a home base, a place where they know they belong. These underpinnings provide middle school boys with the security and structure that is so important to their development. Just like the Lower School and Upper School divisions, our goal is to offer an environment where boys have both the ability and confidence to take risks, both in and out of the classroom.
We understand that middle school boys make mistakes. They are focused both on fairness and on testing their boundaries. At FCDS we are here to help them as they learn to make decisions and exercise judgment. The three pillars of our honor code—scholarship, integrity, and respect for others and ourselves—provide the framework for all of our work with the boys. By the spring of the sixth grade, our boys are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities they will discover in Upper School.