The Country Day School is founded on one central premise: that within every human being, there is a potential for learning that is virtually unlimited. The teaching/learning process of The Country Day School is directed toward helping our students become aware of this magnificent potential, helping them free themselves from self-imposed limitations, and guiding them in tapping their own inner resources.
This basic premise dictates specific principles in the teaching/learning environment. If we believe that the potential for learning is unlimited, then it must follow that the environment of The Country Day School will express an education system in which optimum learning involves the total person. “Learning to be everything you know you can be” becomes a central theme in this environment.
Children will be taught that they have all the abilities to move forward in their creative thinking to achieve higher performance, to solve problems, to increase their levels of energy and productivity, and to experience the joy of expanded learning. The participants of The Country Day School will be encouraged to look at their life experiences with fresh new ideas; to find a variety of alternatives in constructively solving problems; to view mistakes as opportunities for learning; and to regard learning as a joyful, creative, and lifelong experience.
Both faculty and students will hold high expectations of excellence in academic and intellectual achievement. Since optimum learning is enhanced by optimum mental, physical, and emotional health, children will be taught from the beginning the importance of a healthy balance in nutrition, exercise, relaxation, rest, work, and play. In addition to academic subjects, technology, and basic skills, The Country Day School will also place an emphasis on the arts, physical education, social awareness, peaceful means of relating to others, respect and appreciation for the natural environment, and culturally accepted values.