“CDS can count on me to try my best.” That’s the promise we encourage our young students to make in the Junior School Citizenship Pledge
The pledge is the cornerstone of The Country Day School Junior School, and you can see evidence of this promise in every student who walks our halls. Kindergarten through to Grade 6 is a precious and delicate time for recognizing and understanding the emotional pull between dependence and independence.
Junior School students need a solid academic foundation and the guidance to be the best people they can be. We like to compare it to a baby kangaroo who hops to and from the security of the pouch; so too does the Junior School student need opportunities to explore, take risks and then rush back to the adult for reassurance. While the instinct to experiment and investigate urges our young learners forward, the need for adult security and care is at the very core of the student’s potential to grow as a lifelong learner.
We pride ourselves on employing highly talented faculty. Our teachers work closely with the students to develop the ability to adopt other perspectives, work collaboratively, cultivate empathy, compassion, care and concern for others, share responsibility and resolve conflicts. All of this is done in a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment.
CDS is committed to helping our young learners on their Junior School journey. It is a busy and happy place where friendships are made and where the right course is set as students learn, practice and celebrate independence.
Director of Junior School