Our whole-child philosophy compels us to create classroom experiences that combine elements of a classical education with the innovative practices of project- and problem-based learning. This intentional balance allows for a vigorous education that yields extraordinary results.
Our distinctive approach is defined by:
Committed, passionate teachers who know each student fully, are their advocates and guides and push them to grow in ways previously unimaginable.
Small class sizes that allow teachers to tailor instruction to the students in their presence.
The use of technology to support instructional strategies, which foster interactive, collaborative and innovative teaching and learning.
Trans-disciplinary skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communicating and questioning which are a core part of every academic endeavor.
A focus on the real-life application of what is studied in the classroom, which motivates students to delve deeper into topics.
The importance of finding passion and purpose beyond oneself, a belief that is a hallmark of the Country Day experience.
Dan Bronish Academic Dean“We all go into education because we want to enrich the lives of young people. Children and young adults are at the center of what we do, our decisions are always made with their best interests and futures of students in mind. Student success and student happiness is what our job is all about.”
Our academic programs nurture innovation and curiosity from PreK through to college acceptance. Our whole child approach not only prepare kids for college, but for lifelong learning. Each student has the opportunity and resources to reach their full potential in any field.
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Through its strong and diverse program, the Upper School provides numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their individual strengths and develop their potential.
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Portrait Of A Graduate
Persistent with a strong work ethic
Strong in character and ethical
Confident in their abilities and resilient in the face of challenges and disappointments
Honorable, respectful, wise, compassionate and mindful
Intellectually curious and an independent thinker
Committed to lifelong learning and reading in their personal and professional lives
A leader whose integrity is unquestioned
Our dedicated College Counseling Office helps students
with the increasingly complex and competitive college
admission process. We facilitates their matriculation to a
college that matches their interests and skillsets.
The College Counseling Office is committed to a hands-on, student/family-oriented philosophy to maximize our students’ opportunities for admission.
We are focused on meeting the individual needs of every students.
Our web-based college search application, SCOIR, provides a variety of tools for students and parents, including the ability to research colleges and universities, compare costs, visit campuses virtually, watch videos produced by current students, and conduct keyword searches through a social media-like experience. Additionally, students complete a personal interest inventory and strengths assessment that encourages them to explore potential academic majors and career options.
The Learning Resources Program is for students in grades six through twelve who have average to superior intelligence with a documented learning difference.
The program develops the personal and intellectual strengths that enable students to succeed in the college preparatory curriculum. Self-advocacy training is an integral part of preparing these graduates for a college or university education suitable to their needs and demonstrated
Students move between Learning Resources classes and non-Learning Resources classes according to their educational needs. Students may take from one to five courses in the program which focus on the same concepts and skills development as other college preparatory courses.
The program provides a personalized learning environment that is student-centered with innovative teaching approaches that translate brain research into action through multi-sensory, project-based and inquiry-based learning methods. Emphasis is placed on cultivating learning skills designed to develop the executive functions of the brain.