Country Day educates the whole child and we embrace the ideals of a liberal arts education. We encourage our students to develop the full range of their capabilities – intellectual, physical, creative, social, and moral – and we cultivate the habits and skills that will enable them to lead fulfilling lives.
A hallmark of Country Day is the close mentoring relationship that develops between students and teachers, and with a student-teacher ratio of 9:1, every child has a “front-row” seat. All of our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities and many attend some of the most selective in the nation. In addition, our warm, nurturing environment promotes deep and lasting friendships among our students, faculty, alumni, and their families.
Our students love school and it shows in everything they do at Country Day. Integrity, respect for others, responsibility to the community, and fairness are core values embodied in every student. Through school year themes, the “Habit of Helping,” service learning education, respectful interpersonal relationships with peers and adults both on and off campus, we hold our students to high character, moral, and ethical standards. We believe that knowledge without strong values is a potential danger to us all.
Country Day attracts outstanding teachers who recognize the value of bright, enthusiastic students, small class sizes, the supportive community of colleagues and parents, and the unique opportunity to design a curriculum and create a classroom environment that inspires each student. Our faculty members are scholars as well as talented teachers, and they are given the autonomy to develop the best course of study and inquiry in the classes they teach at Country Day.
At Country Day, individual students are recognized and every student has day-to-day engagements with their teachers. A hallmark of our school are the close mentoring relationships and strong rapport that develop between students and their teachers. With an average faculty-to-student ratio of one teacher for every nine students and small class sizes in every grade, a core part of our mission is to ensure that every student has a front-row seat.
We encourage children in the open pursuit of knowledge. From literature-based writing and a focus on critical thinking and problem-solving in math in the Lower School to Advanced Placement and honors instruction in the High School, SCDS challenges its students to grow intellectually. Indeed, we pride ourselves on helping each child find his or her own “voice.”