2019 Madison Families

PK-12 Educational Expo
April 25, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Host: The Country School
Madison, CT

Learn About Private and Independent Schools from Admission and Enrollment Professionals 

This event is geared for families with children looking for education options between pre-school and 12th grade.

A variety of school representatives will be available for specific information on their admission process, school culture, curriculum, extracurricular activities and more. There will also be time for conversation and a little myth busting about independent and private school options.

Review additional event details and RSVP to participate today.


Event Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 PM | Pre-Registration Check In and Onsite Registration
6:00 – 8:00 PM | Educational Expo | See the list of participating schools below
7:40 – 8:00 PM | Presentation-Part 1 (optional): How Independent Schools Maximize Your Child's Growth and Success
8:00 – 8:20 PM | Presentation-Part 2 (optional): Q&A on Applying, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Affordability and Special Segment on Athletic Recruiting


Educational Expo School Participants

 Registrant Organization Name   City   State  School Type Student Population Grade Level
Avon Old Farms School Avon CT Boarding Boys 9-PG
Bard Academy at Simon's Rock Great Barrington MA Boarding-Day Coed 9-10
Brillantmont International School Lausanne VD Boarding-Day Coed 8-PG
Canterbury School New Milford CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Cheshire Academy Cheshire CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Choate Rosemary Hall Wallingford CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Concord Academy Concord MA Boarding-Day Coed 9-12
Cushing Academy Ashburnham MA Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Eagle Hill School Greenwich CT Boarding-Day Coed K-8
Emma Willard School Troy NY Boarding-Day Girls 9-12
Ethel Walker School Simsbury CT Boarding-Day Girls 6-12
Fay School Southborough MA Boarding-Day Coed 1-9
Fusion Academy Fairfield Fairfield CT Boarding-Day Coed 6-12
Hamden Hall Country Day School Hamden CT Boarding-Day Coed PK-12
Hargrave Military Academy Chatham VA Boarding  Boys 6-PG
Hopkins School New Haven CT Boarding-Day Coed 7-12
Kents Hill School Kents Hill ME Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Lyndon Institute Lyndon Center VT Boarding-Day Coed 9-12
Middlebridge School Narragansett RI Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Millbrook School Millbrook NY Boarding Coed 9-12
Milton Academy Milton MA Boarding-Day Coed K-12
Miss Hall's School Pittsfield MA Boarding-Day Girls 9-12
Miss Porter's School Farmington CT Boarding-Day Girls 9-12
New York Military Academy Cornwall-on-Hudson NY Boarding-Day Coed 9-12
Phillips Academy Andover MA Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Pomfret School POMFRET CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Portsmouth Abbey School Portsmouth RI Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Ridley College St. Catharine's ON Boarding-Day Coed K-12
Saint Mary's School Raleigh NC Boarding-Day Girls 9-12
Suffield Academy Suffield CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-12
The Country School Madison CT Day Only Coed PK-8
The Gunnery Washington CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
The Hun School of Princeton Princeton NJ Boarding-Day Coed 6-12
The Knox School St James NY Boarding-Day Coed 6-PG
The Marvelwood School Kent CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
The Masters School Dobbs Ferry NY Boarding-Day Coed 5-PG
The Stony Brook School Stony Brook NY Boarding-Day Coed 7-12
The Taft School Watertown CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
The Williams School New London CT Boarding-Day Coed 6-12
Tilton School Titon NH Boarding-Day COed 9-PG
Westminster School Simsbury CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Westover School Middlebury CT Boarding-Day Girls 9-12
White Mountain School Bethlehem NH Boarding-Day Coed 9-PG
Xavier High School Middletown CT Boarding-Day Coed 9-12


Program for Families 

Part 1: How Independent Schools Maximize Your Child's Growth and Success

Part 2: Q&A About Applying, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Affordability and Special Segment on Athletic Recruiting


Ray Diffley
Director of AISAP's Center for Admission & Enrollment Management Leadership
Madison, CT

Bio: After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1991 and gaining experience in the business world, Ray landed at Choate Rosemary Hall. At Choate he had a distinguished 23-year career, all in admission. His travels across the country and abroad as an admission representative have given him a depth of perspective on education that he cherishes. He also served in multiple roles on campus including coaching, dorm advising and several committees. He spent the last 14 years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid. In Spring 2016 he was honored to win Choate’s Johannes Van Straalen award for distinguished teaching, given by the Choate student council.

In 2004, Ray completed his Master’s degree at Wesleyan University, where he furthered his knowledge in applicant assessment through his study of psychology and assessment tools, including Dr. Robert Sternberg’s “Successful Intelligence.” Along the way, he gained national recognition for his work in assessment and innovative practices, giving presentations around the country as well as internationally. In 2014 he was honored with SSATB’s Bretnall award for significant contributions to the admission field. 

Mr. Diffley has served as Chair of SSATB’s Think Tank on the Future of Assessment and Co-Chair of the development of the Character Skills Assessment while implementing unique assessments in the Choate admission process that sought to go beyond GPA and test scores. Ray’s admission passions led him to a seat on the Board of Trustees of AISAP where he pursued raising the bar on all aspects of the role of an admission professional. In July 2016, Ray formalized his role with AISAP and now serves as Director of AISAP’s Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership.


RSVP in advance and we’ll share additional event details to speed up the check-in process when you arrive.

  • The Expo will be held in the Gymnasium.
  • School tables will be arranged in alphabetical order.
  • There is plenty of parking available. We recommend using the Lower Parking Lot when you arrive on campus.


Event Resources   

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