Frequently Asked Questions

How many openings are available each year and in which grades?

We welcome families to apply for admission to any grade, even if it is not an official “entry year.” Major entry points, where we add new sections to each grade, are nursery (approximately 50 openings), pre-kindergarten (approximately 20 openings), grade 4 (approximately 6-8 openings), and grade 6 (approximately 10 openings).

At times, we are able to add new students in other grades as a result of attrition.

What time does the school day begin and end?

GCDS officially opens at 7:30 a.m.

Nursery 3-day
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nursery 5-day
Monday through Friday: 8:10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Monday through Thursday: 8:10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; Friday 8:10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kindergarten - Grade 3
Monday through Thursday: 8:10 a.m.–2:45 p.m.; Friday 8:10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Grades 4-6
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Grades 7-9
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:10 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

We are from out of town. May we still apply?

Yes, we welcome applicant families from surrounding towns and those moving to the area from out of town or from abroad. Individual arrangements can be made for you to visit campus and for your child to go through the admissions screening or visit process. We encourage families from outside of the immediate area to contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible, so that we can accommodate your travel schedule.

What admissions assessments are required? When and where are they administered?

Admission assessments vary by grade level. The primary purpose is to evaluate a child’s readiness for our academic program. Testing is only one aspect of the admissions process.

Nursery through pre-kindergarten assessments take place on our campus in a group setting. The assessment is designed to evaluate developmental milestones that are appropriate for your child. It is not a diagnostic assessment. Admission assessments take place in January.

Grades 3-4 applicants take sections of the ERB Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP 4). Sections include achievement tests in mathematics and reading comprehension. The tests are objective and multiple-choice in format. In addition, students will be assigned a writing sample on a given topic. The CTP 4 will be administered at The Greenwich Country Day School on Saturday, November 12 and Saturday, December 3. The test is also administered at other local independent schools. Applicants do not have to test at Country Day. Regardless of which school serves as the test center, you may request test results be sent to any independent school in the program.

Grades 5-9 applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). This test will be administered at The Greenwich Country Day School on Saturday, December 3. Applicants can take the ISEE at any ISEE testing site. When registering for the ISEE, please list GCDS as one of the schools to which your child is applying so that test results will be sent directly to us. The GCDS school code is 071009.

Does Country Day offer merit-based scholarships?

No. The School offers need-based financial aid grants to qualified students. Country Day is committed to enrolling qualified students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Currently, approximately 16% of the student body receives financial aid. Our admissions process is need-blind, so applying for financial aid has no bearing on your chances for admission.

Does Country Day provide bus transportation to and from school?

The Town of Greenwich provides bus service to students who are at least five years of age. Nursery students are not eligible to ride the bus. A pre-kindergarten student may ride the bus provided he/she is accompanied by an older sibling on the bus. Student pick-ups and drop-offs are located at designated hub stops. There is no charge for this service for Greenwich residents.

Students who reside outside of Greenwich may be able to utilize their town provided bus service or bus service that is shared with Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy. Please contact the Admissions Office for details.

Is there any flexibility in regards to your age requirements?

The best way to answer this question is for you to meet with an Admissions Director to discuss your child. Through thoughtful conversation, observation, and consideration, we will be able to best determine the appropriate placement for your child based on his/her age, as well as his/her academic, social, and emotional development.

Do you accept applications after the December 15 deadline?

To be considered in our first round of decisions, your application must be received on or before the December 15 deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for an opening or for the wait group.

Are Country Day students required to wear a uniform?

The Dress Code and Student Appearance Guidelines vary among the three divisions in order to accommodate the different needs of children at different ages. General guidelines are as follows:

Lower School:
A uniform is not required for students in nursery - grade 3. We encourage parents to select clothing that is appropriate for a Lower School child and practical for daily activities which include sitting on the floor, physical exercise, outdoor play, and creating art. Pants and/or modest walking shorts worn with collared shirts, polo-type knit shirts or turtlenecks are strongly recommended. “Merrell-type” shoes with backs, sneakers, or shoes that close securely with ties, buckles, or Velcro are suggested.

Middle School:
Boys and girls must wear shirts with a collar or turtleneck throughout the school year. Boys’ shirts must be tucked into belted pants or shorts. Girls’ shirts do not need to be tucked in but must cover one’s midriff at all times. Pants, shorts, and skirts should be neat and traditional in cut. Belts must be worn if there are belt loops. Girls may wear dresses of modest length and cut. Shoes or sneakers must be worn at all times, and shoes with laces must be tied.

Upper School:
Boys must wear trousers, a belt, a shirt, a blazer or sport coat, shoes, and socks. Boys have the option of wearing a dress shirt with a collar and a tie, or a solid color turtleneck under a blazer or sport coat. Flat, closed-toe shoes are required. “Merrell-type” shoes, Running Shoes or Cross Trainers are acceptable.

Girls must wear a uniform skirt (kilt) and/or pants and shirt. Shirts may be button-down blouses with a collar or polo-style knit shirt. Long-sleeve sweaters may be worn over collared shirts or turtlenecks. Closed shoes, which include running or cross training shoes, are acceptable.

Does my child need to bring a lunch to school each day?

Except for an occasional field trip, students do not bring lunch from home. Lunch is served daily, Monday - Thursday, for all students, faculty and staff in our Dining Hall. Our daily menu offers a variety of wholesome, nutritious, and homemade foods and incorporates organic and locally produced foods. Meals are served family style. The cost is included in your child’s tuition.

Does Country Day offer an after-school program?

Yes, after-school programs are offered in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. For Lower School students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2 & 3, "Afters” is offered Monday through Thursday, during the academic year. The program runs from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chess is offered each year along with a wide array of programs of interest to our students. Middle and Upper School students participate in a combination of arts and athletic programs daily. On Fridays, following noon dismissal, Middle and Upper School students may participate in a variety of afternoon programs, which typically include sports-related activities, 3-D printing, and coding.

Where do Country Day students go after ninth grade?

GCDS students go on to attend local independent day schools, top-rated boarding schools, and Greenwich High School. After high school, the vast majority of GCDS graduates attend the most competitive colleges and universities in the U.S. Click here to view our matriculation statistics.

How can I be involved as a parent in my child’s school?

Parental involvement is part of the history and culture of GCDS. The Parents Association offers 18 committees in addition to various individual positions, providing hundreds of volunteer opportunities that range from helping in the Lower School Library to being a Grade Level Coordinator in the Upper School. There are volunteer opportunities to fit different interests and schedules. We even have a committee specifically for working parents.

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