- What are your typical entry years?
- What type of student are you looking for?
- What happens when we come in for a tour and interview?
- What is a “Shadow Day?”
- Do you offer tuition assistance?
- Are students required to play sports?
- What is your average class size?
- What type of class schedule is used?
- When does the study of a foreign language begin?
- Do the girls ever have any interaction with boys?
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.
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.
On select days in the late fall and winter, Middle School applicants are invited to spend from 7:45 a.m.-1 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. Accepted applicants to Upper School will have the opportunity to visit classes in the spring.
Newton Country Day School offers tuition assistance based on demonstrated need. Tuition assistance 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 tuition assistance You can find more information here.
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 fitness. Students who have a significant athletic commitment outside of school can request a waiver from the athletic requirement.
Newton Country Day uses a six-day schedule (days are lettered A-F). For example, every "A" day will be the same, but it will rotate through the days of the week. Not every class will meet every day, and some classes have a double block once every cycle (six class days). Please click below to look at some sample schedules.
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 theater. 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.
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 theater performances, as well as social events.