Challenging girls to become women of 
intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith


What are your typical entry years?

Our most common entry years are Grades 5, 6, 7, and 9. When there is space available, we  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 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 during a tour and interview?

A tour and interview are a requirement of the application process. A member of the Admission Office takes your family on a tour of the school, followed by a short interview for the applicant with a different admissions representative. The interview is just a friendly conversation so we can learn more about the applicant. While the applicant completes a brief writing assignment, her parents or guardians have the opportunity to ask any additional questions about the school. Please allow approximately an hour and a half for your visit.

Do you offer tuition assistance?

Newton Country Day offers tuition assistance based on demonstrated need. Tuition assistance is more limited in the Middle School than 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 tuition assistance. Learn more about tuition assistance. 

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 fitness classes such as spin or TRX. Girls 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 students. In the Upper School, there may be some AP or honors classes that are a bit smaller.

What type of class schedule is used?

Newton Country Day uses a six-day schedule (days are lettered A-F). For example, every "A" day is the same, but will rotate through the days of the week. Not every class meets every day, and some classes have a double block once every cycle (six class days). Below are sample schedules.

Grade 5

Grade 7

Grade 9

Grade 11

When does the study of a foreign language begin?

All sixth grade girls take Classical Roots, an introduction to the study of Latin, as well as Greek and Roman mythology, architecture, art, and theater. In Grade 7, girls chose between French, Latin, or Spanish and may continue that language through Upper School or switch to a different language (or possibly add a second language) in Grade 9. Mandarin Chinese is an additional offering in the 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, theater performances, and social events.

Questions? Contact the Admission Office at (617) 244-4246.

Admission Q&A