Character Development & Service

Lessons in community service are abundant at CDS

As active participants in serving the needs of others, students learn about the world around them and develop civic responsibility, empathy and self-worth. That is why lessons in community service are abundant at The Country Day School.

By giving of their time, ideas and even their allowance, students learn that they can make a difference in their community and across the world as well. Students jump rope for Heart and Stroke, run for Terry Fox, work with international communities in developing countries through Free the Children, plant trees, and collect food and toys for those in our community, just to name a few activities. 

Naturally, every service initiative is helped made possible by our caring and capable faculty, as seen in their leadership, mentoring and encouragement. At CDS, we view community service as an essential component of every child’s education and a way to nurture civic responsibility.

Community Service Requirements

As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in the Senior School program. We recommend that students set a goal of completing a minimum of 15 hours in each of their first three years.
The community involvement requirement is designed to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility as well as the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. Students, in collaboration with their parents and counsellors, will decide how they complete their community involvement requirement.

Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220

Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.