Situated on a 100-acre campus north of Toronto among the rolling hills of King Township, The Country Day School is a leading JK-12 co-ed, non-denominational independent school. Since 1972, the dynamic and friendly CDS community has been nurturing student talent and fulfilling promise. Our innovative approach to learning integrates leading-edge technology, sophisticated facilities and exceptional teaching. We offer a superior educational experience that is sensitive to individual needs, enables learning and equips students for life. Emphasizing education with balance, CDS provides diverse opportunities in academics, athletics, and visual and performing arts. Plus, students of all ages also love to explore our sprawling campus for outdoor education activities. This is a place of possibilities where students unearth their passions and everyone feels known, supported and inspired. This is a school where each graduate can answer the biggest question of all: Who will you be? Learn more at www.cds.on.ca.
- Nurture academic excellence
- Build sound and honourable character
- Raise social and global awareness
- Advocate fitness for life
- Employ talented people
- Promote community involvement
- Create a place where all are welcome
- Develop the finest campus resources
Our Take: The Country Day School
The Country Day School (CDS) began, literally, over a dinner one evening in 1971. The region was in the process of amalgamating schools, which meant that students who had been attending local schools would be bussed to larger, more suburban ones. That didn’t sit well, in part because of the bussing involved, but also because of the sense of community that students had and, presumably, would lose by going to schools further afield. Seven families decided to do something about it, to take things into their own hands, and to build a school that would continue what had been developed in the rural, country schools that their children had been attending. (The name refers to that, as well as to the country day school movement that had been developing in the US since the late 19th century, with a period of renewed growth in the 1960s and 70s.) They didn’t have any experience building a school, but they turned to those who did, including Dick Howard, then head of Upper Canada College. “You’ve got to get a feel for the community,” was Howard’s advice, “who’s in it and how they perceive education.” And, for the next two years, that’s exactly what they did, speaking with families, and building a conceptual outline for what the school could be.
When CDS opened its doors in 1972, it was, in every way, an expression of the community that created it. The school has grown since then—enrollment has grown from 49 in that first year to over 700 today—and the community it sits within has grown and changed, too. Nevertheless, the school remains very much an expression of the families that turn to it. The size of the school allows for a very rich, robust extra-curricular program, and students are gently required to experience all aspects of it. The physical plant of the school has been significantly augmented through a recent and very sizable capital campaign. The core program continues to be underwritten by the values that the founding families intended to express, namely a sense of belonging, empathy, inclusion, and respect. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, diverse, student-centred environment.
What does learning at The Country Day School look like now?
Overall, our plan is focused on maximizing the opportunities (and the educational value) afforded by our:
*large physical facility
*extensive 100-acre grounds
*dedicated and talented faculty and staff
*existing outdoor education program, and
*already low class sizes.
These favourable existing characteristics combine to allow the following features of the CDS Return to School Plan:
First and foremost, our reopening plan allows our students to attend school every day with all curricular subjects being covered.
Students who require remote learning for medical reasons or parents who, for any reason, wish to opt for remote learning for their children will be accommodated, as synchronously as possible, and in an age-and-stage appropriate fashion.
All classrooms will be configured to adhere to 2-metre physical distance guidelines and students will be educated in an age-appropriate manner to maintain physical distance as much as reasonably possible.
Students will be grouped in cohorts whenever reasonably possible in order to minimize interaction with other classes and grades.
Students and staff will receive instruction on respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
In accordance with local public health and Ministry of Education directives, all students in grades JK-12 and all adults at The Country Day School will be required to wear masks while inside the building.
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