From student government to theatrical productions, from musical
groups to athletic teams, the opportunities to join, volunteer,
participate, and play are plentiful. Throughout the grades,
students choose from a variety of clubs and extra-curricular
activities to explore and develop talents and interests outside
the academic walls.
Distinctive to the PK-12th grade student body is the friendly and
collegial interaction between different grades for social and, in
some cases, academic reasons.
Lower School students visit Middle School classrooms to practice
presentations, buddy systems between Lower School classes are in
place for holiday celebrations, and High School students escort
young students to the gym for sports rallies.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity
to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively
and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Throughout
Country Day’s 14 grades, we are committed to
helping children develop core SEL competencies.
A commitment to instill in our children the values of integrity,
empathy and respect for others, and to share responsibility for a
better world is at the foundation of Country Day’s “Habit of
We believe in helping students find their unique voices. One way
that we encourage them to speak and listen to others is through
While we do not have an elected student council in the Lower School, leadership
opportunities abound. Starting in the primary grades students
take turns as line leaders and door holders and serve in other
jobs in the classroom. In first grade they take turns leading the
morning meeting and in second grade one of the most prized jobs
is to greet guests to the room and tell them about what is
happening in the classroom. Third and fourth graders work on a
number of cooperative learning projects where they practice
taking leading and supporting roles. Students in the fifth
grade help to lead in their classrooms and form a rotating
leadership team to help present our Friday Morning Assembly.
From leading the flag salute and singing our National Anthem to
sharing a thought of the day to inspire the rest of Lower School,
our fifth grade leaders set an example of citizenship and
character that is admired and emulated by the younger students.
Middle School Student
Council members are elected in the fall of each year. They help
with Back-to-School Night, Open House, and eighth grade
promotion. In addition, the Council plans dances, raises funds
for community service projects, plans hands-on community service,
and learns leadership skills.
Council members are elected by the High
School student body. Community service projects, school
celebrations, and dance preparation occupy the group, as well as
raising money through events, sales, car washes, and other
traditional student fundraising activities. Funds are raised for
student activities and for local and international charities.