New Canaan Country School

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Coordinates: 41°07′54″N 73°31′20″W / 41.13167°N 73.52222°W / 41.13167; -73.52222

New Canaan Country School
545 Ponus Ridge
New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
Type Private School
Motto Fortes fortuna adiuvat
(Fortune favors the bold)
Religious affiliation(s) No Affiliation
Established 1916
Headmaster Timothy Bazemore
Campus 75 acres (300,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot Cougar
Newspaper The Bulletin
Yearbook Beginners End
Tuition $25,450 to $32,700

New Canaan Country School (abbreviated NCCS) is private day school, offers grades pre-kindergarten through 9, located on a 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus in New Canaan, Connecticut. The current headmaster is Timothy Bazemore, who joined the school in 2000.

There are approximately 615 students in the school. A bus program enables the school to serve families in surrounding communities of Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, Ridgefield, and Wilton, as well as New Canaan. Financial aid is available to families who qualify. The school is committed to maintaining a diverse student population, with the belief that educating children in a diverse community will better prepare them for success in the global marketplace. The athletic program is mandatory for the Middle and Upper School. In the fall trimester, students can choose from soccer (boys and girls teams), football, field hockey, or co-ed cross country. In the winter trimester the options are basketball, yoga, fitness, and paddle tennis. A drama program, which was added as an option for Middle Schoolers in 2010 as a winter program, is also available to students in place of playing a sport for a season, and has always been an option for Upper Schoolers.

At a glance[edit]

Student to teacher ratio: 6 to 1
Financial aid awarded for 2008–2009: $2,905,000
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 19.4%
Percentage of students of color: 15.1%
Average teaching years: 16.5
Percentage of faculty with graduate degrees: 65%
Student to computer ratio: 1.1 to 1
Students reside in: 18 area towns[which?][1]


There are four "schools" within the entire campus: The Thacher Building (preschool–kindergarten) named for former headmaster Nick Thacher; The Welles Building (Grades 1–4; also called "Lower School"); The Middle School (Grades 5–6); and The Stevens Building (Grades 7–9; also called "Upper School"), as well as one administrative and functional building, the Grace House, or Main Building. The ninth grade year is a unique pre-preparatory program that emphasizes teaching leadership and independent thinking skills. A fully staffed placement office works with students to coordinate placement in top boarding and day schools.

The new addition to the Stevens Building was opened in September, 2007, with science labs, art studios, and expanded classroom and meeting facilities for use by students in Grades 7–9. The building was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with the LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) Silver Award. On Earth Day, Senator Judith Freeman presented a proclamation from Governor Jodi Rell in recognition of its being the greenest school building in the state of Connecticut. The school itself is located at 545 Ponus Ridge.

NCCS was founded as "The Community School" in 1916, and from that point to 1933 it was run by co-principals Edith Dudley and Effie Dunton. A growing number of students forced the school to move to its current location at Grace Hill.[2]

Blue and white are the primary colors of the school. The mascot for Middle and Upper School athletics is the Cougar.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Country School Website
  2. ^ Handbook of Private Schools: An annual descriptive survey of independent education, 86th edition, 2005 (Boston: Porter Sargent Publishers Inc.) p. 151
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  4. ^ "Alumni Award". New Canaan Country School. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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