Situated on a 21 acre campus in northwest Huntsville (near Research Park), Country Day School has been a part of the Huntsville private school community for more than 33 years. However, since late 2018 when it was acquired by KLA Schools it has undergone some major transformations including the addition of an infant program. What better time to chat with Executive Director Eleonora Stein and ask a few questions about the exciting programs at Country Day School.
School Address/Location: 1699 Old Dry Creek Road, Huntsville, 35806
Grades/Ages of Students: 6 Weeks- 6th Grade
Religious affiliation: None
Teacher/Student Ratio: Varies by grade, we are always one below state ratio, for example if preschool requires 1 teacher per 11 students we have 1 teacher per 10 or less.
School mission: Our mission is always to provide a safe, innovative environment and high-quality education for the students of our communities. As a school, we value:
- All children are honored as individuals who are intrinsically motivated and are active participants in their learning.
- Families, educators, and children are partners in learning and research.
- Environments are safe, nurturing, and designed to promote experiences that invite children and adults to enter meaningful dialogues that foster children’s innate curiosity, creativity, and thinking.
- Relationships are at the core of our educational approach and are built with our surroundings: people, materials, and environments.
- Through documentation, the learning process of teachers and children is made visible for furthering understanding, expanding on concepts, and celebrating ideas.
What is your school’s predominant educational philosophy?
At The Country Day School, our personal approach to learning begins with a commitment to small classes where education, not crowd control, is the focus of the day. Our very special teachers offer students opportunities to explore and master new skills and concepts in a relaxed, happy environment where each child is stimulated to reach his or her highest potential.
Children have their own strengths and interests, and when given the opportunity to share, they support the expansion of the knowledge of their peers and teachers. We offer children a place to become aware of their love for learning. Children are honored in our program and acknowledged as the protagonists of their learning experience.
What sets your school apart from other area programs?
The Country Day School is North Alabama’s only Reggio Inspired School. Our 21- acre campus allows for students to interact with nature, including our 2 goats and several chickens. As part of our campus, we have a full wooded forest with a running creek that provides invaluable learning opportunities for students of all ages. Students are respected as equal partners in their education and provide a strong voice within the democracy of the classroom.
What extracurricular opportunities exist for your students?
What advice do you have for parents looking for a school for their child(ren)?
When looking for a school for your child, make sure that the school’s mission and education philosophy match to what your desires are for your child. Not all children learn the same and some schools offer different types of settings rather than a traditional school. When visiting a school, or attending a virtual tour, take notice to how the students and teachers interact with each other and the confidence and comfort that the students feel during that time. As parents, we tend to have a strong feeling as to whether a school is a good fit or not. You should always trust your instinct and go with the school that you feel most comfortable with, that resonate with your values and meet your expectations.
Describe your admissions process.
Once a parent has contacted The Country Day School through either the website or phone, a member of the Administration Team will spend time with the child’s parents to provide a more in-depth understanding of who we are as a school and if CDS would be the ideal school to meet their child’s individual needs. Next, a virtual tour will be offered so that the family can see our school environment and natural campus. During non-Covid times, the child would have the opportunity to visit the classroom for a trial day to see how they feel about the new environment. However, since we are limiting the number of visitors who enter the building, the new student will have the opportunity to join the classroom as soon as the registration fee is paid is full.
Upcoming Open House events or special events.
Virtual open house February 16, 2021 at 10:00am
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for our open house and receive the zoom link.
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