Where Learning Meets Life
At Countryside Day School, we believe how your child learns is as important as what your child learns. Countryside Day School does not approach “curriculum” as conventionally defined. Instead, academic learning and social emotional learning are intimately intertwined in classrooms that are living communities. Each classroom is a micro-society of students of different ages and teachers in which students are living what they learn. Much like 21st century life, students work independently and collaboratively to learn core academic content in engaging, challenging, and inspiring ways.
Rather than being presented with concepts to memorize, they are presented with questions to answer, challenges to overcome, and problems to solve. The freedom to pursue personal interests in the classroom coupled with the highest level of personal accountability results in students that have a strong sense of agency and resourcefulness about their work, a sense of empathy and respect for their peers, and sense of responsibility for their environment. In the broader sense, they are citizens of their school which affords endless practice and preparation for their futures as citizens of the world.
Early Childhood – Toddler (Ages 16 mos – 3 yrs) and PreK/K (Ages 3-6)
We offer programs for children beginning at 16 months through 6 years old. For toddlers we offer full-day and half-day programming. At three years old, children begin our PreK/K program which is also available year round. As these students begin their educational journey, we blend academic lessons with hands-on, life-based experiences. We create an environment where they learn traditional educational concepts, but also begin to understand social interactions and their contributions to their classrooms and communities.
Elementary – Ages 6–12, Grades 1–6
Our elementary program serves students ages 6-12, or from first to sixth grade. Lessons in the elementary classes are always given in small groups giving each student ample opportunity to express interests, ask questions, and make meaningful contributions. Students play a part in what they learn which leads to greater engagement and responsibility in school, academics and life.
Middle School – Ages 12–14, Grades 7–8
Our Middle School program serves students aged 12–14 years old, or seventh and eighth grades. Our program blends rigorous academic curriculum with life-based learning projects—like running microbusinesses or working alongside real professionals. Our goal is to bring relevance to the academic content—helping students understand why they are learning it and what skills they need to have to apply it, inside and outside the classroom.