Admissions

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


Each family considering applying for admission to The Country School should attend, if possible, an Admissions Open House so that we may introduce you to our campus, teachers, students, and current parents.

The application process shall begin 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 teacher recommendation form be completed by your child's current teacher (Grades K-1 form, Grades 2-8 form); and

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

For Lower School (K-4) applicants, a 45-minute assessment with division head Kitty Davis is required. This is is fun and 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.

If your child is transferring from another school into grades 1-8, we will schedule with you a visit day where he/she will be paired up with a friend and attend classes. Visit days are an ideal time to complete the child's assessment.

The Admission Decision

The Admissions Office reviews thoroughly each student’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 necessary criteria to thrive within our program.
No matter the admission decision, the family will be personally contacted by phone by the Admissions Director to discuss the outcome and any relevant next steps.

Wait pool assignment is for students who qualify for admission, yet the grade for which they are applying does not have space available. When an opening occurs, applicants are selected from the wait pool using the same criteria listed above. However, an additional consideration for selecting an applicant from the wait pool may be the ratio of boys to girls currently enrolled. Since the order of selection may change with each additional applicant, wait pool candidates are not ranked in an order.
 

Admission Criteria

Acceptance is determined on a combination of the following criteria:

  •  Previous school records
  •  Individual admission assessment performance
  •  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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