Countryside Day Blog

Ordinary Genius

June 30th, 2014
A genius possesses rare talents of the mind and heart.  They are usually awkward introverts, strange, muttering fellows who boil vast quantities of complex information down to one useful truth.  Stephen Hawking nestled the universe into a nutshell.  Charles Darwin explained the evolution of all life through the wizened smile of a tortoise.  Jonas Salk pondered millions of polio cells and created the tiny vaccination that rescued humanity. Parenting is not a competitive field, though... READ MORE

Four Red Flags

June 16th, 2014
Some parents will immediately find the four red flags useful and funny, those for whom the habits of the naughty child are already familiar. We know when our family train has run off the rails.  Reading the short list brings a brief pause, a “yes, indeed” deep breath.  We think of the children we love. We recognize ourselves.   “Emergency!” we quietly scream.  “Mayday!  All hands on deck!”   When parents spot a red flag,... READ MORE

Building Character: A Father’s Day Memoir

June 9th, 2014
On the field… In the years before soccer became one of the most popular sports for kids in the United States, my father coached high school boys.  He had played and coached football for years, but the politics spoiled the fun.  Soccer was a nerd sport – a few teams of kids too puny to play football, too short for basketball.  My dad loved it. He was the type of coach who never lost his... READ MORE

Faith in a Child

June 2nd, 2014
In the months before our spring wedding, my love and I camped, hiked or backpacked every weekend, most often on the southern branches of the Appalachian Trail.  Old trails led us to unexpected vistas, miles passed, sunlight faded, time stood still. Surprised by love, we needed that time to imagine our life together. One of those weekends, we left the trail early Sunday morning to walk around a lake that bordered a campground.  A congregation... READ MORE

Countryside Programs

We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL — Ages 12-14, Grades 7-8

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6