#1 Elementary School in CT and #1 in Fairfield County

South School

8 Farm Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840

How Good is South School?

Report Card

A+ Academic Results
A+ Learning Enviroment
NA School Safety
A+ Overall Grade

Located in New Canaan, Connecticut, South School, is a Fairfield County school. It has 545 students and 44 teachers and serves grades K-4.

This school performs significantly above average when compared to other Connecticut schools. South School received an overall grade of A+ from The School Review. The school ranks 1 for elementary schools in Fairfield County and 1 in the state, when compared to similar schools.

For our grading we use data provided by the schools to the U.S. Department of Education. Grades for safety, academics and learning environment are calculated with these data. These scores are combined to determine the overall grade. If you would like to know more about how our grading system works, please visit our methodology page.


The academic score for a school is determined by looking at a number of factors, such as student results on Connecticut standardized tests. South School performs significantly above average compared to other Connecticut elementary schools for academics. The school's grade for this metric is A+.

Source: CT Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A+
Test Performance Excellent

Learning Enviroment

A school’s learning environment is evaluated by looking at a number of factors including student–teacher ratio, teacher certifications and absenteeism rate. South School performs significantly above average compared to other Connecticut elementary schools for learning environment. The school's grade for this metric is A+.

Students : Teacher
CT Avg. 13
Uncertified Teachers
CT Avg. 1%
New Teachers
CT Avg. 13%
Learning Enviroment Grade A+
Student–Teacher Ratio Excellent
Student Absenteeism Excellent
Teacher Absenteeism Fair
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Excellent


Suspension rates and number of physical altercations are used to estimate a school’s safety. The safety grade was not calculated for South School due a lack of reported data.

Safety Grade N/A
In-School Suspensions N/A
Out-of-School Suspensions N/A
Physical Altercations N/A


An overview of the student body of South School is shown below. The demographics of a school are not used as an input when evaluating its performance.

Students w/ Disablities
CT Avg. 12%
Free Lunch
CT Avg. 29%
Econ. Disadvantaged
CT Avg. 34%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 545
Minority Students 92
Diversity Index 19
Students with Disablities 35
Economically Disadvantaged 0%
Limited English Proficiency 3%
Gifted Students 2%


A+ School - Only the top 5% of schools are awarded the distinction of being an A+ School. Schools that receive this grade excel in academics and cultivate a safe and effectual environment for learning. They represent the top schools in the nation and are eligible to display our award badge on their homepage. You can download your award here.

Compare Nearby Schools

A few of the closest elementary schools to South School are listed below. The School Review's grade for each school is shown to provide easy comparison. For a more complete directory of New Canaan schools, go to the New Canaan, Connecticut schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 East School N/A N/A A N/A
2 West School N/A N/A A- A+
3 Ox Ridge Elementary School A- A C- N/A
4 Fox Run Elementary School B- C+ A- A+
5 Springdale School B- C+ A- A

South School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are at South School? 545
  • How good of a school is South School? The school received an overall grade of A+, which means it is significantly above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is South School in? The school is located in Fairfield County.
  • How can I contact South School? The school's number is (203) 594-4313. You can visit their website at http://www.ncps-k12.org/Domain/11.
  • Where is South School? 8 Farm Rd, New Canaan, Connecticut 06840

How we rate schools?

We rank elementary schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance to the distribution of elementary schools on the same test in the state. We then compute overall achievement by averaging a school’s standardized performance across subjects and years. We evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, or chronically absent. Finally, we measure the Safety of an elementary school from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
East School
54 Little Brook Rd New Canaan, CT 06840
West School
769 Ponus Ridge New Canaan, CT 06840
Ox Ridge Elementary School
395 Mansfield Ave Darien, CT 06820
Fox Run Elementary School
228 Fillow Street Norwalk, CT 06850
Springdale School
1127 Hope St Stamford, CT 06907