Falcon families frequently tell us how much they value the Fort Worth Country Day experience. Below we have summarized some of the most common reasons they give for what makes this school so special.
Laying the Foundation for Success
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The Whole Child Approach
Fort Worth Country Day takes a whole-child approach to education, helping students develop physically, emotionally, ethically, socially and intellectually. Our academic support programs, health and wellness counselors, teacher-led advisories, student-led initiatives, integrated core values, service learning, unique traditions, and commitment to the 3A’s (Academics, Arts, Athletics) help ensure that every student has the skills to succeed while developing character and maturity.
Belonging in the FWCD Community
From the moment you walk on campus, we want you to experience that special feeling of belonging. That’s why we cultivate an intentionally inclusive community with events and programs focused on creating connection. You know you’re a part of something special here at Fort Worth Country Day. You know you are supported and appreciated. You know you are home.
Ethical Development and the Core Values
We take our Core Values seriously, integrating them into the curriculum, programs and activities at every grade level. Integrity. Kindness. Courage. Respect. Responsibility. Scholarship. Every Falcon knows these words and learns how to live them in their daily lives.
The 3 A’s: Academics, Arts and Athletics
Fort Worth Country Day is a place where attention to creativity and individuality are combined with attention to performance in academics, the arts and athletics. Together, the 3A's create a unique environment for excellence and leadership to soar. The classroom is where learning begins. The field, courts, studio and the stage are where lessons flourish into self-expression, mental toughness, and life application.
Prepared for College
FWCD graduates have a 100 percent acceptance rate for four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. and internationally. Academic and personal development of each student is the foundational reason for such success. At FWCD, we go even further to ensure that every family understands the college admission process, and every student is prepared to excel in the next stage of their education. The quality and the quantity of our College Counseling program is unmatched as dedicated College Counselors connect students and their families to the resources and information they need to make the best decisions regarding their academic future.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
At FWCD, cross-curricular, interdisciplinary and culturally enriching opportunities abound, interlacing disparate subjects into a fabric of meaning for students. The Awesomeness Initiative hones in on topics that students find fascinating through ungraded elective courses taught by teachers who share their passion. Through the Capstone program, Seniors explore, research, create and present an interdisciplinary, summary project on a topic they find meaningful under the guidance of an advisor.
The School cultivates global competence in all JK-12 students by weaving global perspectives into the curriculum, working with local partners to contribute to our Fort Worth community, and providing meaningful international travel and hosting exchanges through the Center for International Studies. The 4-H program provides opportunities for students and their families to gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. Falcon Houses provides students, faculty and staff with a sense of place and belonging above and beyond what they feel in their classrooms.
Our 104-acre Campus
Our 104-acre campus provides a lush, green, and spacious environment for growing, learning and playing. Students spend time outdoors walking between classes or to lunch, climbing on our sizable playground equipment in Kindergarten and in Lower School, playing on our spacious practice fields and outdoor courts, hiking up the hill to soar on the Ropes Course, and experiencing hands-on action during outdoor class activities. When the weather is nice—and it usually is in Fort Worth, Texas—teachers will host classes at a picturesque and serene outdoor setting. Whether it’s drama class by the fountain or reading on the steps of the Martin Campus Center, students enjoy the fresh air.
Passion to Learn
At Fort Worth Country Day, we are passionate about learning. We share that passion with our students by helping them develop intellectual curiosity and a love for learning that will serve them throughout their lives. Our highly esteemed faculty are masters at engaging, connecting and nurturing so that they can unleash their students’ potential. They inspire understanding, imagination and reason. We desire for every student to experience the joy and fulfillment of becoming a lifelong learner.
Courage to Lead
FWCD’s purpose is to inspire the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve. Leadership training begins with the youngest students as they exhibit leadership in programs, activities, performances, creative expression, public speaking and student council.
Every division builds on this foundation as kids become more confident while learning different leadership skills and tactics. Leadership opportunities abound on the playing fields, the performance hall, organizing committees and through community involvement. As they advance, students grow in their comfort levels and are inspired by the courage they find within themselves—the courage to lead.
Commitment to Serve
Fort Worth Country Day believes that service and leadership are inextricably linked. From the earliest grades onward, students embark on a developmental journey that weaves together the threads of both service and leadership into a rich and colorful cloth of character, courage and commitment. Furthermore, we believe that service to our School, to the greater community and to humankind is a necessary component for the education of the whole student.
Only through service can one fully appreciate the many gifts that a FWCD education provides. Because the community and the students are both enriched by active involvement in service, FWCD prioritizes providing opportunities, role models and support to its students to promote their active involvement in service, the development of a culture of philanthropy, and the growth of a service heart.