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While we strive to provide answers to your admission questions, we realize prospective families have additional questions about our community that require an answer from other points of view such as a student, parent or faculty member. Have a question?

We will be updating our Frequently Asked Questions list on a regular basis so check back for new questions and answers.

Please feel free to contact our Admission Office at 817.302.3209 if you have a particular question about our school, or use the form below to email us yolanda.espinoza@fwcd.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • Will I fit in at FWCD? Will my child fit in?

    The FWCD community works especially hard to ensure that students of all backgrounds, experiences and personalities will feel “at home” in the largest K-12 independent school in Tarrant County. Opportunities abound for students to take part in community service projects, as well as numerous extracurricular activities in athletics, the arts and academics. Everyone will find something he or she can enjoy and share with like-minded students and families. Whether you are unique because of a special talent or cultural background, FWCD will welcome you to its already diverse student body and Parent Faculty Association. Of course, different schools have different personalities, so we encourage you to look at a number of independent schools to find one that best matches the needs and desires of your child.
  • Does FWCD have a "wait-list"?

    FWCD has a selective admission process, but there is no “list” for parents to get on months or even years in advance in order to apply for admission.

    Each spring, qualified candidates for whom spaces are not available will be offered “waitlist” decisions. The grade level “waitlist” is not ranked. If a space should become available during the late spring or summer, the most qualified candidate will be notified and offered enrollment. If a place does not become available, the candidate is encouraged to re-apply for the following year. The $100 application fee is reduced to $25, but the applicant must submit a new application, transcript, teacher recommendation(s) and student supplements for grades 5-12. All re-applying candidates must re-test the following spring.
  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    Please refer to the financial aid portion of our website for detailed information. If you need further assistance, contact our Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Kathy Lott, at 817.302.3238.

  • What if I have multiple children? Could they all be admitted?

    We understand a family’s desire to have all of their children in the same school. If all the children are qualified candidates, we do our best to keep families together.
  • When will we find out if we have been accepted for the Fall of 2018?

    • Kindergarten Early Decision letters will be mailed on January 26, 2018
    • New families to Kindergarten decision letters will be mailed on February 23, 2018.
    • Grades 1-12 decision letters will be mailed on April 6, 2018.
  • How does the Fort Worth Country Day faculty incorporate the core values?

    Our core values set forth a standard of conduct that is the foundation of a productive life. These values provide an ethical compass and give purpose to education. FWCD expects all teachers to abide by the core values as well as the following principles:

    Integrity
    • We are public and personal advocates for FWCD, and we loyally support the mission of the School.
    • We actively support all School policies and procedures, even while working internally for constructive change on these same policies.
    • We complete professional duties in a timely and thoughtful manner.
    • We strive to be ethical role models in all matters of personal integrity.
    • We teach and practice safe, legal and responsible use of social media, digital resources, fair use, copyright and Creative Commons policies.

    Kindness
    • We uphold the dignity and value of each member of the community by fostering a compassionate environment.
    • We enrich the compassionate environment by possessing a generous spirit, positive attitude and genuine concern for others.
    • We build appropriate relationships with our students and support student activities, hoping that they feel known, valued and inspired.
    • We support students proactively by monitoring their needs and progress.
    • We provide extra help outside of class when it is needed.
    • We seek to find the good in every student and every family.

    Courage
    • We create opportunities for children to be responsible for the many communities in which they live.
    • We challenge ourselves and our students to take risks by going beyond the familiar to examine other ways of thinking and doing.
    • We strengthen and develop our leadership and collaboration skills.
    • We foster persistence when faced with obstacles. We make it clear that this attitude applies on the playing field, in the classroom and in artistic domains.

    Respect
    • We recognize and value the beliefs and opinions of our colleagues, students and FWCD families.
    • We communicate in a professional, compassionate and appropriately confidential manner.
    • We seek to develop and sustain collegial relationships with parents.
    • We pursue a cooperative approach among our academic, athletics and arts departments.
    • Administrators, grade-level teams and support staff also adopt a cooperative approach with each other and with the academic, athletics and arts departments.
    • We adopt a problem-solving rather than a faultfinding attitude when addressing problems or issues by speaking directly to the person(s) involved.
    • We respect ourselves by committing to personal wellness, which includes responsible decision-making.

    Responsibility

    • We seek to support each student’s well-being and total development as a person.
    • We use multiple teaching approaches and search for ways to expand our teaching “comfort zones.” We assess, evaluate and adjust our methods and philosophies in an ever-changing educational environment.
    • We consider our personal goals and our department’s goals a part of the wider mission of the School.
    • We create a secure and safe environment in which students grow in both autonomy and in the ability to work and play together.
    • We are true Falcons. The School is an important part of our lives, and not merely a job. 
    • We attend plays, concerts and athletic events; proctor tests; take groups on community service activities; serve on professional committees; and accompany students on School-sponsored trips. FWCD faculty act as a part of the “whole package.”

    Scholarship
    • We use our training and knowledge of our disciplines to design and review coursesand programs so they are appropriate to the developmental characteristics of each grade level.
    • We participate in professional development opportunities that enhance the quality of our curricula and instruction, and we collaborate with other faculty.
    • We exhibit our passion for our subject matter and for teaching and learning.
    • We enhance our course content by referring to recent events, discoveries, research and/or stories relevant to our students’ lives.
    • We challenge students with meaningful and varied assessments according to rigorous but fair grading criteria. By providing ongoing feedback and encouragement, we help students grow as learners.
    • We inspire students to be active learners, and we acknowledge that learning takes many forms. By focusing on problem-solving, synthesizing information and integrating knowledge, we challenge students to develop critical, independent thinking skills.
    • We help students to become passionate, serious scholars who are capable of independent thought, effective communication, sustained work, meaningful collaboration and generating original ideas.

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  • What kind of student goes to Fort Worth Country Day?

    Students from diverse backgrounds who possess intellectual curiosity, internal motivation with a strong work ethic, special talents and interests, and personal characteristics as exemplified by our Core Values. In Kindergarten, we’re looking for students that are ready for a full academic day, that enjoy a challenge and will add diversity and talent to the class.
  • Should I apply to other independent schools if FWCD is our first choice?

    Unless you are applying Early Decision for Kindergarten, we always counsel families to apply to more than one school. It is always best to have options.
  • What transportation services are offered?

    Limited bus service is offered.

    Transportation Services for 2017-18

    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.

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  • Does FWCD have an immunization policy?

    Yes, please review the FWCD Immunization Policy for complete information.
  • How are Admission decisions made?

    We have to look at many factors to determine admission for each year. Each child is assessed based on the data collected during the admission process. Students who qualify for admission, but cannot be offered a place at that time, may be offered a waitlist position.
  • How can I be involved as a parent in my child’s school?

    Even before your child attends the first day of classes, the Parent Faculty Association will offer you a multitude of ways to become an active part of the FWCD community. Parents volunteer as room representatives, at athletic events and in special events such as the School Carnival and Bingo Night. We even encourage you to come have lunch with your student and volunteer for the many service opportunities on campus. Every day you will see parents engaged in making this school a vibrant and exciting place for children to learn.
  • How many spaces will be available for the Fall of 2018?

    Our three major entry points are Kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade. For the remaining grades, re-enrollment contracts for current students are due back on February 15. After that point, we’ll begin to know how many openings we’ll have in non-entry grades.
  • What is Kindergarten Early Decision?

    Kindergarten candidates of a current sibling, faculty or graduate alumni, who apply only with FWCD, no later than November 15, 2017, and who agree to enroll no later than February 15, 2018, if accepted. You will be mailed an early admission decision on January 26, 2018.

    Deferred candidates, as well as any other sibling, faculty and alumni candidates who did not apply for early decision, will receive final notification at the same time as the general candidate pool, this year being February 23, 2018.
  • When does Admission testing begin?

    For Kindergarten Early Decision applicants, testing will be in December/early January.

    New families to Kindergarten will test in January and February.

    For grades 1-4, testing is on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

    For grades 5-12, testing is offered on Saturday, February 3 or March 3, 2018.
  • When should I apply?

    The deadline for applying for the fall of 2018 is January 31 for Kindergarten and February 23 for Grades 1-12. The sooner we have your application, the greater your chances for completing all needed steps for first-round admission decisions.
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.