Facts and Figures

The School

Founded in 1962, Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in southwest Fort Worth. Named one of the “Most Livable Communities,” Fort Worth is the nation’s 16th largest city. A major center for industry, technology and transportation, Fort Worth is home to many corporations, including American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Pier I Imports and RadioShack. Fort Worth boasts several world-renowned museums and a thriving performing arts scene.

Accreditation

Fort Worth Country Day is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, (ISAS). ISAS, a member of the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Council’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. ISAS is commended by ICAISA for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its Member Schools.


Head of School: Eric Lombardi

2019-20 Enrollment

Current enrollment totals 1,077 students.
  • Lower School (JK-4) 346 students
  • Middle School (5-8) 353 students
  • Upper School (9-12) 378 students


Student/Faculty Ratio

  • Junior Kindergarten 10:1
  • Kindergarten 10:1
  • Lower School 16:1
  • Middle School 14:1
  • Upper School 10:1


Faculty

  • 148 full-time faculty members
  • More than 56 percent of all full-time faculty in grades JK-12 hold advanced degrees


Class Schedule

JK:
K-4:
5-6:
7-8: 
9-12: 

8:10 a.m.-1 p.m.
8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
8:05 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
8:05 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

FWCD: A School of Significance

Student looking upward.
Fort Worth Country Day is an important institution, important not only in the lives of its students, but also in the fabric of the city and of every city around the globe where our graduates become productive citizens. Those of us involved in the School today are charged with building on Country Day's countless well-documented successes and taking our students and our community to still loftier heights.

Take some time to explore our 2018 strategic plan aspirations for the future of Country Day to learn more about where we are and our commitment to where we want to be, going forward.

Curriculum Highlights

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  • LOWER SCHOOL

    Fort Worth Country Day cultivates the joy of learning in a safe and structured environment that ignites the power of imagination and creates a foundation for the love of learning.

    Lower School distinctions include:
    • Full-time Learning Specialist and Health and Wellness Counselor
    • Character education, core values program
    • Direct instruction on mindfulness techniques
    • Differentiated instruction in reading, writing, spelling and math (Everyday Math 4)
    • 4 Fort Worth Country Day
    • iPads and interactive technology in all homeroom classes used as resources
    • French/Spanish language instruction
    • Falcon Collaboratory—a space where all students communicate and collaborate
    • while engaging in learning experiences that integrate science, technology,
    • engineering, art and mathematics
    • Leveled reading library with more than 7,000 books
    • Science labs
    • Studio art instruction
    • First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege and World Music Drumming
    • Dynamic Physical Education
    • Morning Movement prior to school
    • Lower School Families program
    • After-school enrichment classes through the SOAR program
     

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL

    The Middle School provides a positive environment for students’ social and emotional growth into adolescence, while creating individualized learning strategies to foster their unique talents and gifts.
    Middle School distinctions include:
    • Full-time Learning Specialist and Health and Wellness Counselor
    • Core values incorporated into daily life
    • Integrated one-to-one iPad program with full-time iPad Coordinator
    • Specialists for all subjects, fine arts electives (band, strings, drumline, choir, ballet,
    • theatre and studio art) and enrichment clubs
    • French, Spanish and Latin language instruction
    • Advisory program to assist students with academic and social growth development
    • Awesomeness Initiative program that allows students to take non-graded elective
    • courses intended to help them fuel their passions. (Courses complement the FWCD
    • core curriculum with added exposure to the skills the 21st century requires of its
    • workforce.)
    • Curriculum-based overnight trips by grade-level
    • Age-appropriate community service experiences
    • Grades 5-6 sports integration; grades 7-8 competitive sports

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  • UPPER SCHOOL

    Upper School is a pivotal time for students as they prepare for the challenges of college and beyond. During these years, leaders are born, career paths become clear, and students develop a grander vision for their future.

    Upper School distinctions include:
    • Full-time Learning Specialist and Health and Wellness Counselor
    • Core values incorporated into daily life
    • Bring-your-own laptop program
    • Extended period schedule with four 75-minute classes daily
    • More than 100 course offerings, including 21 Advanced Placement courses
    • Malone Schools Online Network
    • Elective course in Engineering, dual credit offered through The University of Texas
    • Full program of visual and performing arts, including music and art history, band, orchestra, drumline, choir, ballet, theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, painting and drawing, photography, and ceramics; culminating in the ISAS Arts Festival each spring
    • Senior Capstone Project, an interdisciplinary independent study elective that allows students to explore areas of interest with a faculty supervisor and mentor in the field
    • TEAM Service, student-led community service group
    • Link Crew, peer mentor program for freshmen
    • College Counseling Office, twice monthly college counseling classes for juniors and individual appointments for seniors
    • PSAT Skills Development course offered
    • Sophomore Washington, D.C. trip; culminating project for history course
    • Cum Laude Society
    • Student-elected leadership: Student Council, Honor Council, Disciplinary Committee
    • College Day in the fall
    • Class-level event programs: college visits, Ropes Courses, field trips, health and wellness programs
    • 24 varsity sports; 21 junior varsity sports

Tuition

Tuition rates are determined each January by the Board of Trustees for the following school year. Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is as follows:   
 Tuition   Meal Plan Activity Fee
Junior Kindergarten Extended Day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Junior Kindergarten Full Day (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Kindergarten
Lower School 1-4  
Middle School 5-8
Upper School 9-12

$13,050
$10,330
$21,910
$23,120
$24,780
$26,130

$575 ($3.32/meal)
$575 ($3.32/meal)
$750 ($4.33/meal)
$850 ($4.91/meal)
$975 ($5.63/meal)
$1025 ($5.92/meal)

$475
$475
$475
$475
$475
See estimated expenses

Activity Fee:
  • For Junior Kindergarten and Lower School, the activity fee covers all books, school trips, the yearbook and supplies.
  • The activity fee for Middle School includes all of the class trips that are unique to the Middle School program as well as the yearbook. The activity fee in Middle School will not eliminate bills for certain elective items and it does not include the cost of books and supplies. 
  • Currently, there is no activity fee in the Upper School.

Estimates:
  • Books and Supplies - $500-1,000 for grades 5-12
  • Accident Insurance (optional) - $25 per year ($1,000 coverage)
  • Tuition Refund Insurance - 2.2% of total tuition
  • After-School Care: SOAR at Fort Worth Country Day 

Additional optional charges depend on the degree to which the student is involved in sports, arts and academic activities offered at FWCD. Some examples: athletic teams in grades 7-12 require the purchase of appropriate sports equipment and shoes; ballet students purchase annual recital costumes; musical instruments can be rented through FWCD for $250 per year. Seniors have additional charges for SAT and Advanced Placement tests, as well as for graduation.

Tuition Assistance

Need-based financial aid enhances the student body of Fort Worth Country Day. The School attracts and retains deserving and talented children whose families qualify for such assistance. The admission decision is based solely on each student’s academic and personal qualities—independent of the family’s ability to meet the cost of an FWCD education. Thus, admission to FWCD and the awarding of financial aid are two separate decisions.

Financial aid is awarded annually and granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need (determined by submitting a Parents’ Financial Statement, current IRS tax return and W2 forms), satisfactory performance and the School’s availability of funds. For the
2019-20 academic year, $3.4 million was awarded in financial aid. This translates to one in every four students or 23 percent of the FWCD student body.

Financial aid funds are made available from several sources, including income from financial aid endowment funds and gifts from individuals and organizations designated specifically for financial aid. In addition, FWCD has seven Named Scholars Programs (subject to availability):

  • The Malone Scholars Program (for grades 7-9)
  • Jillian Chandler Thompson Memorial Scholarship (for returning African-American students in grades 4-9)
  • The Edward P. Bass Scholarship (for new students in grades 9-12)
  • Reilly Family Foundation/Breakthrough Fort Worth Scholarship (for students sourced through Breakthrough Fort Worth and entering grades 8 or 9)
  • Gayle G. and Evan D. Peterson Scholarship
  • Joey Pollard Memorial Scholarship
  • Betty Reese Memorial Scholarship


Advanced Placement

Fort Worth Country Day currently offers 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In 2019, 185 students took 524 exams. 

Class of 2019

  • One hundred one seniors submitted 671 applications and were admitted to 154 colleges and universities.
  • They attend 52 different institutions throughout the United States.
  • Eleven students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and National Hispanic Recognition Program.
  • The class was awarded more than $11.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Fifty-five percent of the members of the Class of 2019 attend colleges and universities located across the nation. Forty-five percent of the class attend Texas colleges and universities.


Standardized Testing for the Class of 2019 (101 Students)

ACT (93 testers)
(Middle 50%) 24-31
SAT (69 testers)
(Middle 50%) 1160-1400
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 610-710
Math: 560-715
 

Athletics

FWCD’s athletic tradition is renowned. Dynamic Physical Education, which includes lessons focused on fitness development, coordination, body management and game playing, starts immediately in junior kindergarten and in Lower School. In Middle School, students pursue a sampling of athletic endeavors in a physical education developmental program that introduces them to the sports offered in the FWCD athletic program, and competitive, interscholastic sports begin in seventh grade. Upper School students may be involved in 24 varsity sports and 21 junior varsity sports. Athletics not only promotes healthy bodies, it teaches perseverance, sacrifice, discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork—valuable tools to take into adulthood.

FWCD varsity sports include baseball, basketball (boys/girls),  cheerleading, cross country (boys/girls), field hockey, football, golf (boys/girls), lacrosse (boys only), soccer (boys/girls), softball, swimming (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), track and field (boys/girls), volleyball (boys/girls) and wrestling. There are three sports seasons: fall, winter and spring. Fourth grade, Middle School and Upper School students may also participate in ballet to fulfill their athletics requirement.

Varsity teams compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference, which comprises 17 schools, 16 from Texas and one from Oklahoma.
 

Fine and Performing Arts

FWCD takes pride in its fine arts program, an integral part of the 3A’s at the School. Students participate in both visual and performing arts experiences beginning in Lower School and building in depth and breadth through senior year.

In visual arts, students create a variety of works, such as drawing, painting, fibers, ceramics, photography, print and digital media. Students showcase their work in professional displays throughout campus, as well as in art shows and competitions in the community. Students are exposed to all types of media with additional options for journalism, newspaper, video and yearbook production in Upper School. The Sid W. Richardson Visual Arts Center is a contemporary space that houses art rooms, a digital lab, darkroom and a state-of-the-art ceramics studio.

Lower School students begin their musical journey building foundational skills through vocal and rhythmic development, creative expression and movement, instrumental ensemble work, and performances to foster a love of music to last a lifetime. Falcon Flyers, the Lower School choir, offers students opportunities to further expand musicianship and performance skills. Students may also opt to participate in the Conservatory at Fort Worth Country Day program after school.

Middle School offers a show choir option, which adds the element of dance. Students may continue to pursue choir, including solo and ensemble opportunities, through Upper School. Band, drumline and strings is available to students in grades 5-12, where students perform an exciting and challenging repertoire at various events, including football games, pep rallies, concerts and festivals.

Theatre classes begin in fifth grade. Students explore movement and vocal technique, as well as play creative dramatic games throughout Middle School. In eighth grade, students participate in a full production. Upper School students can choose courses in Acting, Musical Theatre or Playwriting. All theatre students write plays that are submitted for competition. Students interested in working backstage or learning lighting
and sound can enroll in Technical Theatre.

The School’s celebrated ballet program, which counts as an athletic credit in place of PE or organized athletics, begins in fourth grade, culminating senior year. Dance students learn classical ballet and jazz technique and have the opportunity to perform in full-length
ballets and student choreography.

More than 150 Upper School students in visual and performing arts participate each year in the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Arts Festival, a three-day festival with 50 other peer schools, presenting students with an opportunity to showcase their work, attend workshops and receive critique from professionals in their field.

SOAR Extended Care and Enrichment

SOAR (Scholastic Opportunities, Arts and Recreation) at Fort Worth Country Day offers students a series of engaging and unique programs outside of the traditional school-day schedule. On school days from 3:10 to 6 p.m., students in SOAR have the opportunity to spark new interests, build upon their existing passions and develop new peer relationships all without having to leave the FWCD campus. Available to students in junior kindergarten through grade 6, SOAR is led by a team of FWCD faculty and staff, accomplished educators and experienced childcare professionals.

SOAR Extended Care provides participants with an opportunity to engage in supervised study, recreational, and arts and crafts activities at the conclusion of the regular school day. SOAR Enrichment Programs provide students with specialized instruction and further
exploration into and beyond the curriculum. Enrichment programs are updated each semester and include performing arts, sciences, languages, sports, visual arts, STEM and STEAM sessions.
 

Summer Camps at FWCD

Fort Worth Country Day hosts a variety of summer camp programs each year that serve as catalysts for generating new skills, friendships and memories. Fort Wonder Summer Camps provide participants with exciting theme-based learning opportunities and activities in an unforgettable environment. Falcon Sports Camps give students an opportunity to explore new athletic endeavors or to further develop their skillsets in their favorite sports. In addition to Fort Wonder Summer Camps and Falcon Sports Camps, FWCD offers summer academic preparation/refresher courses, giving students a fun jumpstart on the year ahead.

Library

Creating lifelong readers while preparing students for college-level research is the goal of the FWCD Library Program. A personal Librarian with an advanced degree in library science serves each division. A full-time Library Assistant supports the librarian team. Their backgrounds in education and library services at the K-12 level provide students with a rich resource. FWCD maintains two libraries that offer more than 35,000 print books as well as a collection of ebooks, audiobooks and research databases suitable
for all ages.

Technology

FWCD’s technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at FWCD. Students utilize modern tools to enhance the academic program. A dedicated group of technology professionals provide support and services to the entire Fort Worth Country Day community.

In Lower School, iPads and interactive whiteboard technology are a part of every teacher’s classroom. There is also a full iPad lab, and the library features laptops for student use. Lower School teachers use technology to enhance the educational experiences of students, integrating technical tools into their lessons in appropriate and meaningful ways.

In Middle School, all students purchase an iPad as a school supply and bring it to school every day. The iPad Coordinator supports teachers and students, guiding and facilitating the use of the iPads, which allows  students to grow and experiment using technology in the classroom. There is also a dedicated computer lab in the Middle School, and all
teachers have interactive whiteboard technology in their classrooms. 

In Upper School, students bring their own laptop to school each day. Laptop computers are used as an extension of the academic program. Research, writing, design, collaboration and communication are hallmarks of the Fort Worth Country Day technology programs.

FWCD supports a fully wireless campus with broad, public Wi-Fi access across all buildings and fields. Internet connectivity is supplied through a 1GB circuit and supports more than 700 desktop and laptop computers. Teachers have access to many educational software titles, as well as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and many more.

A Faculty Initiative in Technology program allows teachers to continually develop new teaching strategies involving technology integration. A distance-learning lab allows students and teachers to engage in selected courses offered by the Malone Schools Online Network and to collaborate with worldwide peers.

The TEAM Room (Technology Engineering Art Maker) is a dedicated makerspace available to teachers in every grade for classroom activities and projects.

The School’s website, fwcd.org, serves as a public viewbook. There is also a private login section of the website that serves as a portal for all FWCD communication. Parents, students, alumni and faculty/staff can access teacher and athletic web pages, report cards, assignments, schedules, and directory and calendar information—all online. Electronic newsletters, as well as social media feeds, provide additional ways to keep
up-to-date on all campus activities. An auto-dialer, Connect 5, notifies all families of
emergencies or closings on campus.

Parent Involvement

FWCD parents are offered a number of ways to become involved in the life of the School. Organizations such as the Parent Faculty Association (PFA), Falcon Club and Supporting CAST (Creative Arts Students and Teachers)
allow parents and grandparents opportunities to give their time and talents in efforts to help fulfill the purpose of the School.

Annual Giving

The FWCD Fund, the School's annual fund, provides the School with the flexibility to respond to immediate opportunities to keep FWCD growing and thriving. The tradition of giving at FWCD has always been important and demonstrates the loyalty, commitment and spirit of the Fort Worth Country Day community. Parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty/staff and friends are asked to contribute to this fund, which exceeds $1.3 million in income to FWCD each year. This support allows the School to effectively manage the rate of annual tuition increases; design new opportunities and initiatives; and retain and attract remarkable students, distinguished faculty and hard-working staff. 

Alumni Association

At more than 4,000 members strong, the FWCD Alumni Association is a vital part of the School. Members often give back to their alma mater by serving in leadership roles, giving to The FWCD Fund (the School’s annual fund), and volunteering on campus and beyond. FWCD alumni remain engaged through gatherings such as Homecoming/Alumni Weekend, Falcons on the Road and various alumni sporting events, and they stay connected through Alumni Relations communications, social media, the Falconer magazine and campus visits.

Transportation Services for 2019-20

From West Fort Worth:
$385 one way/per year
$15.00 occasional/per ride

- 419 N. Bailey (N. Bailey and Cresthaven Terrace)
Departs at 7:25 a.m.

- Monticello Park (Dorothy and White Settlement)

Departs at 7:30 a.m.

- Arlington Heights United Methodist Church (4200 Camp Bowie Blvd.)

Departs at 7:25 a.m.

- Shady Oaks Country Club (320 Roaring Springs Road) - students will meet
 by the flagpole in the lower parking lot.
Departs at 7:35 a.m.

From Colleyville: 
$1500 one way/per year $15.00 occasional/per ride
4609 Colleyville Blvd. (Ace Hardware parking lot) 
Departs at 6:50 a.m
 

Breakthrough Fort Worth

A nationally affiliated program, Breakthrough Fort Worth at FWCD partners with students from under-resourced communities, providing them a tuition-free series of summer and school year classes/workshops that foster the students’ progression to college. A six-year process, Breakthrough empowers youth in grades 7 through 12 to build academic confidence, leadership skills and knowledge for the college admission process. The program also offers a unique and challenging teaching residency for college and high school students under the guidance of professional teachers, promoting and inspiring young people to pursue careers in education. Breakthrough is hosted on campus in the “off” hours, and many FWCD Upper School students and alumni serve as leaders in the program each year. Together, FWCD and Breakthrough are helping to reverse educational inequities.

Malone School Online Network

Fort Worth Country Day is a founding member of the Malone Schools Online Network (MSON), which provides Upper School students with distance-learning instruction through virtual online classes that enhance FWCD’s curriculum. These courses promote the values of the Malone Family Foundation and are taught by teachers from Malone Schools in the network. The teaching professionals are experts in their fields; many have experience with independent education and share a commitment to excellence, small class sizes and personal relationships.

FWCD students in grades 11 and 12 may apply to take MSON courses, which serve as a high school enrichment elective course and meet twice a week during the regular school day. Each course takes a blended approach, combining synchronous instruction, realtime video conferencing seminars with asynchronous instruction, recorded lectures and exercises that students complete outside of class. The result lies somewhere between a “flipped classroom” and a “virtual Harkness table.” Each course has a minimum of six students and a maximum of 16, allowing for a virtual discussion seminar that is delivered
in high-definition classroom set ups.

In the 2019-20 academic year, 10 FWCD students are enrolled in six of the 33 MSON courses offered. There are 23 schools currently participating in the MSON program.

FWCD Inclusivity Statement

Enhancing diversity has been a consistently identified theme by members of the FWCD community. During the 2016-17 academic year, the Board of Trustees’ goals included being more proactive in promoting diversity/inclusivity. More specifically, the Board decided to set a tone, consistent with the School’s defining statements and core values, through the creation of an affirmative diversity statement. FWCD’s Inclusivity Statement was approved by the Board in January 2017. The statement is as follows:
 
At Fort Worth Country Day, we believe that understanding and respecting differences not only inspires compassion and empathy, but also fosters intellectual curiosity and creativity. We embrace the diverse cultures, experiences and perspectives that comprise and enhance our learning environment. We commit to sustaining and growing an intentionally inclusive community. 

Accreditation

Fort Worth Country Day is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, (ISAS). ISAS, a member of the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Council’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. ISAS is commended by ICAISA for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its Member Schools.

Memberships

ACCIS Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools
AFP Association of Fundraising Professionals
ASCD Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
CASE Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
CSEE Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
ISAS

ICAISA
Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation
ISM Independent School Management
MSON Malone Schools Online Network
NACAC National Association for College Admission Counseling
NAIS National Association of Independent Schools
NAPSG National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls
NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals
NBOA National Business Officers Association
PPP Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
PRSA Public Relations Society of America
SPC Southwest Preparatory Conference
TACAC Texas Association for College Admission Counseling
TPSA Texas Private Schools Association
TISC Texas Independent Schools Consortium
The College Board

4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.

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  • Website Accessibility Statement

    Fort Worth Country Day is committed to understanding and respecting differences. To further support that initiative, FWCD is focused on making the information on our website accessible to all students, parents, and other members of the community. Achieving our goal of making the FWCD website fully accessible requires auditing numerous sections and correcting elements with minimal disruption for daily users.

    We appreciate your patience as we transition our content to a format that more closely adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Additionally, some pages of the FWCD website may contain links to third party sites that do not comply with accessibility standards and not within the range of the School’s control.

    For questions about the FWCD website, please contact Web Content Manager, Tiffini Crum at  tiffini.crum@fwcd.com.

    Learn more about Fort Worth Country Day’s Mission, Philosophy, Core Values and Commitment to Inclusivity.