Ask anyone to describe a great school and “commitment to continuous improvement” will be one of the qualities on their list. The immense success of The Country Day School graduates in their post-secondary programs and careers is clear evidence that we offer a superior educational experience.
At the same time, we are deeply committed to continually improving our approach. The School's commitment to research and innovation is a driving force in our ongoing professional growth and support of the parent community.
The Growing Mind
In providing education with balance, The Country Day School focuses on three key areas: challenging the student, developing the mind and strengthening the character. In reality, these three spheres of change and growth are inseparable: they overlap in a mutually supportive manner as they contribute to the development of the whole person.
There is a regular feature inside The Link – the CDS community magazine – entitled The Growing Mind, which may at first glance appear to belong to the “developing the mind” sphere. However, like anything to do with how our minds grow and change, the articles you will find there are focused on what Aristotle called eudaimonia – human flourishing. We flourish when our needs and interests are connected and in balance. The accessible and engaging articles on topics of current research in child growth and development you will find in The Growing Mind provide knowledge that can help you and your children thrive.
The Link magazine is published twice each year for CDS families, alumni, past parents, staff, faculty and friends of The Country Day School. It is a retrospective look at the community’s activities.
Balance is a state of living and learning that is achieved when the riches and challenges of life are experienced in healthy proportion.
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Life Lessons Under Lockdown
Dr. Karen Sumner
What can we learn and teach our children in the midst of a pandemic?
Our world changed at lightning speed earlier this year. Life felt normal in January, a bit uncertain in February, and almost unrecognizable by March. Our kids headed out for the break and then never went back to school. Many of us quickly set up remote offices or stopped working altogether. Zoom and Google Meets became fixtures of our days. Picking up groceries transitioned into an intricate dance of planning, distancing and sanitizing. We cut ourselves off from one another, hunkering down in our homes to stay safe. We worried about – and sorely missed – our extended families, friends and communities.