How to Apply

The Country School's application and admission process is a straightforward one and supports and fulfills our mission: to seek a diverse student body and provide a challenging academic program in a warm, nurturing environment. The School provides an age-appropriate structure with complementary classes in the arts, music, technology, and physical education.

The Application Process

For families interested in learning more about The Country School, we invite you to contact our Admissions Director to learn more.  

The application process begins when the online application is completed and submitted with the application fee. Upon submission of an application, the parents should notify the applicant’s current school of their intention to apply elsewhere. Upon application, we request specific information about the child in order to create a student profile. This information is kept confidential.

Below, please find a step-by-step guide to applying for admission at The Country School:

1) Schedule a visit with our Admissions Director;

2) Complete our online application and pay the $60 application fee;

3) Request that our recommendation form be completed by your child's current teacher (Pre-K formGrades K-1 form, Grades 2-8 form); and

4) Submit our transcript request form (required for grades 2-8) to your child's current school to request his or her academic records.

For applicants rising to grades PK-5, a 45-minute assessment with our Lower School head is required. This is is fun, play-based format in which we can get to know your child and conduct a basic skills assessment. There is nothing you need to do to prepare your child in advance, but we ask that you and your child wear a mask at all times while on campus.

For applicants rising to grades 6-8, an academic assessment is conducted by our Director of Admissions and takes 60-90 minutes.

The Country School offers need-based financial aid to families with a demonstrated need. Please visit this page for more information.


The Admission Decision

The Admissions Office reviews thoroughly each candidate's file and decisions are made promptly. Using the criteria stated above, the committee makes one of five decisions:

  1. Acceptance: The student meets all requirements for admission and space is available in the appropriate grade level.
  2. Contingent Acceptance: Admission is offered on the condition that the child completes a specific remediation or tutorial program.
  3. Wait Pool: Student meets all requirements for admission, but space is not currently available.
  4. Wait a Year: The student is not ready for admission but would benefit from a “year to grow” and may re-apply for admission the following year.
  5. Denial: Student does not meet the recommended criteria to thrive within our program.
No matter the admission decision, the family will be personally contacted by the Admissions Director to discuss the outcome and any relevant next steps.

In order to make a fully informed admission decision, The Country School must receive all information necessary to effectively meet a student's needs, including his/her history in academics, social-emotional health, medical conditions, learning accommodations, etc. This information is treated with all due sensitivity and confidentiality.


Admission Criteria

Acceptance is determined on a combination of the following criteria:

  •  Previous school records
  •  Assessment performance
  •  Social-emotional maturity
  •  Ability of the child to benefit from our program
  •  Ability of the school to meet the child’s needs
  •  Space availability in the appropriate grade level

Admission Non-Discrimination

The Country School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid programs,  and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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The Country School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational, admission, and employment policies, or its financial aid, athletic, and other school administered programs.
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