Welcome to the Upper School

Upper School is a pivotal time of growth, gradual independence and social change. These years mark the age of academic introductions and discoveries, a time to cultivate intellectual curiosity and confidence. Along with the excitement of new adventures and choices, come new responsibilities, greater rigor, and the inevitable teenage ups and downs. At FWCD, we believe that during these years, leaders are born, career paths become clear and students develop a grander vision for their future.

The true measure of a school can best be seen in its students and graduates. Fort Worth Country Day students and alumni reflect upon the truly distinctive character of the Upper School. As you explore our website, here are some things you will discover about our students.

  • FWCD students commit themselves to a demanding workload that comprises a balanced, well-rounded course of study that includes our long-honored 3A’s. We value the totality of a liberal arts education that gives students a diverse range, a foundation for learning and a context for understanding. Ninth-graders begin with a core curriculum in history and English with options for Honors courses in science, math and language. As students progress, they have opportunities for deeper learning through Advanced Placement classes, department electives and courses from the Malone Schools Online Network, which are networked through Stanford University Online High School. In the process, students are prepared for college beyond mastering content, they develop the tools to truly learn, discern ideas and communicate clearly.
  • FWCD students are adventurers, artists, athletes, performers, tourists, delegates, volunteers and more. We value experiences, active participation and action that fosters a deep sense of community. Arts, athletics, travel and service are integral parts of the Upper School program that help students connect to one another. Through these endeavors, our students learn teamwork, cooperation and collaboration. We know that people learn by doing, and we recognize the preparation and courage it takes to perform on stage and compete on the athletic field.
  • FWCD students are not alone. They are welcomed each morning by teachers who are lifelong learners—teachers who embrace their roles as both mentors and scholars. Classmates and friends share similar goals for high achievement. At FWCD, our purpose speaks of “inspiring the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve.” This high ambition drives everyday decisions and shapes our culture and identity as a school. There is a team of teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators, staff members and alumni who are invested in our students’ successes. We are all part of community that shares a common mission.
While much has changed over Fort Worth Country Day’s more than 50-year history, the heart of what we do is the same. FWCD educates the leaders of tomorrow. I invite you to visit us and learn more about the Upper School at Fort Worth Country Day.

Sincerely,



Stephen M. Stackhouse
Head of 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 Program distinctions include:
More than 100 course offerings


Core Values incorporated into daily life

Elective course in Engineering Design

College Counseling Office, twice monthly college counseling classes for juniors and individual appointments for seniors
Extended period schedule
with four 75-minute classes daily

Bring-your-own laptop program


Full program of visual and performing arts
Link Crew, peer mentor program
TEAM Service, student-led community service group
22 Advanced Placement classes

Malone Schools Online Network through Stanford University Online High School
Sophomore Washington, D.C. trip
Full-time learning specialist and health and wellness counselor



Administrative Team

List of 4 members.

  • Mr. Stephen Stackhouse 

    Head of Upper School
    (817)302-3222
    University of Virginia - MEd
    College of William & Mary - MBA
    Hampden-Sydney College (VA) - BA
  • Ms. Peggy Wakeland 

    US Assistant Division Head
    (817) 302-3235
    University of Texas at Arlington - BA
    Texas Christian University - MEd
  • Mrs. Rita Zawalnicki 

    Registrar and US Community Service Coordinator
    (817) 302-3206
    Valparaiso University - BA
  • Mrs. Judith Lee 

    US Administrative Assistant
    (817) 302-3203
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-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.