Countryside Day Blog

Join us for an Open House (Wed., Jan 21)

December 19th, 2014
Learn about Montessori method of education Wednesday, January 21st RSVP to Find out the Open House Time Building Character, Pre-K through 8th Grade What if your child loved school? Hard to imagine? You don’t have to imagine. See for yourself at our next Open House. RSVP to find out the Open House time: ... READ MORE

Why is Countryside Starting Coding and Robotics Programs?

December 18th, 2014
Beginning with a 3 week course during the summer program, the teaching of STEM will gradually spread into the curriculum. CDS recognizes robotics as a way to help further its mission of character and meet its learning goals in a 21st century context. Countryside’s 2015 Summer program will for the first time include a robotics/coding course (for grades 4-8, including students going into 4th grade).  What is ‘Robotics’? Learning robotics brings together circuits, computing, programming (coding), design,... READ MORE

All Year Montessori’s Annual Cookie Exchange (2014)

December 15th, 2014
The All Year class (AYM) at Countryside Montessori School treasures each and every child-hosted event, and the Annual Cookie Exchange is not to be missed! This classic holiday gathering is a celebration that children of all ages enjoy. The Countryside parents and children bake delicious treats together beforehand, bringing them to the event to share with their friends. Each AYM member brings home a platter brimming with an array of tasty treats, reminding them that... READ MORE

Maria Ullmann

December 14th, 2014
6th Grade Class of 2008 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now?   Maria Ullmann graduated from 6th grade at CDS in 2008, having attended CDS from preschool through elementary school. She attended Deerfield High School where she took honors math, biology, chemistry... READ MORE

Tess McNulty

December 13th, 2014
Testimonial of Tess Mcnulty CDS Alumna 6th Grade Class of 2012 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now?   Tess attends Kent School in Connecticut and is currently in 9th grade. She is part of the school choir, takes voice lessons, and is... READ MORE

Jordan Schmidt

December 12th, 2014
Feedback of Jordan Schmidt CDS Alumni 6th Grade Class of 2009 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now? Jordan attended Hamline University where he played college basketball, and then graduated from the University of Iowa... READ MORE

Meaningful Gift Ideas for Your Children

December 11th, 2014
This is the time of year when most of us are thinking of gifts for our children and grandchildren. The airwaves are filled with commercials promoting plastic and otherwise useless "stuff ' companies are eager to sell us. Here is a list of Gift ideas for useful, fun, productive, developmentally appropriate toys that not only will stand the test of time, but bring meaningful experiences too. All items in lower age categories may also be appropriate... READ MORE

The Road to Potty Training is Paved with Good Intentions

December 10th, 2014
Good intention is one of the most important ingredients when undertaking the task of helping your child learn to use the bathroom. For most parents this process is fraught with anxiety, questions, and conflicting advice. When should you start? How should you start? What if you start too early? What if you start too late? It really doesn’t have to be so hard if you accept that this milestone in independence and control is one... READ MORE

Jacquelyn Read

December 10th, 2014
6th Grade Class of 2002 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now?   Jacquelyn was the Valedictorian of her class at Willows Academy which she attended after CDS and where she won many awards for science, Spanish and music. She then went Wheaton... READ MORE

Standardized Testing: Fostering Growth in Academics and Character

December 9th, 2014
Did you know that CDS uses assessment tools to foster the development of both academic skills and character qualities?  The MAP Test for Academics  Our MAP testing results indicate that our students score competitively in Math and Reading. Our Math scores for Fall 2014 show that 55% of CDS students score in the top 10% nationally and our reading scores show that 58% of CDS students score in the top 20%. Our academic programs in... 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

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