What are your typical entry years?
Our most common entry years are Grades 5, 6, 7, and 9. When there is space available, we will consider applicants for Grades 8, 10, and 11. Applications to Grade 12 are only considered when a family is relocating to the Boston area.
What type of student are you looking for?
We are looking for enthusiastic girls with a love of learning and an adventurous spirit. Students who tend to do well at NCDS are young women who are willing to challenge themselves both in and out of the classroom, collaborate with their peers, and strengthen their own personal faith, no matter what that may be.
What happens when we come in for a tour and interview?
The tour and interview are required as part of the application process. A member of the admissions office will take the family on a tour of the school, followed by a short interview for the applicant with a different admissions officer. This is really just a friendly conversation so we can learn more about the applicant. While the applicant completes a brief writing assignment, her parents or guardian will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions about the school. Please allow approximately an hour and a half for your visit.
What is a “Shadow Day?”
On select days in the late fall and winter, applicants are invited to spend from 7:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “shadowing” a student in their current grade (applicants to Grade 5 visit in Grade 5). They are not evaluated – this is an opportunity for the applicants to see what a typical day is like at Newton Country Day. Shadow Days are highly recommended, but not required.
Do you accept international students?
While we do accept international students, we require that they live with an immediate family member (no host families), and at this time we are not issuing I-20 visas.
Do you offer financial aid?
Newton Country Day School offers financial assistance based on demonstrated need. Financial aid is more limited in the middle school than it is in the Upper School, but we encourage families to apply if they think they may qualify. It is very important to meet all the deadlines when applying for financial aid. You can find more information here.
Are students required to play sports?
In the Middle School, all students take dance as part of the curriculum. Interscholastic sports are optional, although students often chose to play at least one season a year. In the Upper School, there is an athletic requirement, but there are many ways to fulfill it, from playing on varsity or junior varsity teams to participating in various fitness classes such as spin or yoga. Students who have a significant athletic commitment outside of school can request a waiver from the athletic requirement.
What is your average class size?
Our average class size is 12-15. In the Upper School, there may be some AP or honors classes that are quite a bit smaller.
When does the study of a foreign language begin?
All sixth graders take Classical Roots, a class which introduces them to the study of Latin, as well as Greek and Roman mythology, architecture, art, and theatre. In Grade 7, students chose between French, Latin, or Spanish and may continue with that language through Upper School or switch to a different language (or possibly add a second language) in Grade 9. Mandarin Chinese is added as an additional option in Upper School.
Do the girls ever have any interaction with boys?
There are age-appropriate opportunities both in the Middle and Upper School for girls to interact with students from nearby boys’ schools, in particular Belmont Hill, St. Sebastian’s, and BC High. Co-ed curricular and extracurricular activities include peer education programs, community service, and theatre performances, as well as social events.