The philosophy of The Country Day School is to provide the best in early childhood education. The program’s focus is on developing children’s pleasure and excitement for learning, increasing their ability to problem solve, and fostering an awareness and enjoyment of their individual physical capabilities. The school also concentrates on helping each child develop a positive self-concept, respect and empathy for others, and the ability to become a constructive and contributing member of a group.
The foundation of the educational program at The Country Day School is an early childhood developmentally based curriculum that encourages the growth of children’s thought processes, the development of their conceptual understanding, and their ability to observe, analyze, predict, and make conclusions about the world. The program also strives to kindle in the children an appreciation for the beauty of our natural surroundings as well as an understanding of their responsibility to conserve and nurture their world. Out-of-doors learning activities are an important part of the curriculum and are integrated into many units of study.
At the school respect for diversity in its many forms is another important component of the program. The Country Day School helps children develop an appreciation of the diversity within the school community and the world at large. In addition to cultivating this respect and understanding, there is a strong emphasis on developing in children an appreciation of the diversity in learning styles and abilities. To support this mission, there is an emphasis on providing a wide range of activities in the classroom and encouraging children to initiate topics of interest to them. Within the entire curriculum is the encouragement of interactive learning and the development of positive relationships with adults and peers.
The Country Day School is also committed to a collaborative parent- school partnership based on the strong belief that children learn best when parents are active partners with the school in their child’s education and development. Parents are encouraged to participate in the many opportunities offered at the school and become part of a strong and supportive community.