The Country Day School

The Country Day School or CDS is an independent, non-profit university-preparatory school in King City, Ontario, Canada.[1]

It was founded in 1972.[2] It is a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS), and the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). Its Head of School is John Liggett.

The Country Day School
13415 Dufferin Street

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Coordinates43°56′41″N 79°30′21″W / 43.94474°N 79.50591°WCoordinates: 43°56′41″N 79°30′21″W / 43.94474°N 79.50591°W
School typeIndependent, non-profit
Religious affiliation(s)Canadian Association of Independent Schools
Head of SchoolJohn Liggett
Area100-acre (0.40 km2)
Colour(s)Blue, gray, green & red
Team nameCDS Cyclone


Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten to grade 12, it has set a maximum class size of 24 students with an average of 17 students per. Each student is subject to an entrance assessment: an informal process for young children or the more formal Canadian Achievement Test for older students.[3]

The school is divided into a Junior School (JK-6), Middle School (7–8), and Senior School (9–12). CDS competes in CIS Athletic Association (CISAA) sports each term, particularly soccer, rugby, track and field, hockey, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, and cross country.

Being a private, independent school CDS charges a yearly fee of $27,100 for students in grades 1 to 12, and $23,350 for kindergarten students.


The school is situated on over 100 acre lot and has three full-sized gymnasiums, an athletics track, two softball diamonds, five full-size fields, and three smaller fields. One full-size field is synthetic turf, and one of the small fields has synthetic turf and is covered with a dome for all-season access. The school also has a performing arts centre with a 350-seat theatre, practice rooms, and an atrium.

In February 2016, it opened a 4,700 square metres (51,000 sq ft) two-storey building for the senior school and administration offices which was funded by $10 million raised through the "Making Connections" campaign.[4] It contains nine classrooms, administration offices, a dining hall, and learning centres.[4]

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ State support of religious education: Canada versus the United Nations. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 2007. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "FAQ". The Country Day School. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Country Day School's new building". King Weekly Sentinel. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "Michael Cammalleri's Star Burning Bright; Richmond Hill's Michael Cammalleri made sports headlines last month when he was acquired by the Calgary Flames from the LA Kings". Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Habs star Mike Cammalleri plays hockey the 'Toronto way'". Toronto Star. May 14, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Martin, Simon (31 October 2013). "Photo display honours King's world-class talent". King Connection. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  8. ^ Scrivener, Leslie; Ormsby, Mary (2 January 2010). "Secret Life of Girls: Adriana Leon". Toronto Star. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  9. ^ "CDS grad qualifies for the Olympics". King Weekly Sentinel. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ a b "High performance program enables student athletes to balance dreams with academic success". 4 February 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.

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Arts and Crafts movement

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan (the Mingei movement) in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It had a strong influence on the arts in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s, and its influence continued among craft makers, designers, and town planners long afterwards.The term was first used by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1887, although the principles and style on which it was based had been developing in England for at least twenty years. It was inspired by the ideas of architect Augustus Pugin, writer John Ruskin, and designer William Morris.The movement developed earliest and most fully in the British Isles, and spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced.

Canton Country Day School

Canton Country Day School, (commonly referred to as CCDS), is an independent day school in Canton, Ohio. The school founded in 1964 as part of the Country Day School movement, with the aim of combining innovation with a superior elementary education dedicated to the liberal arts. It is the only non-sectarian independent PreK-8 school in Stark County, Ohio. The school has been recognized by the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest award an American school can receive.The curriculum includes Language Arts / Social Studies, Science, Mathematics (including Algebra I and Geometry), French, Music, Art, Physical Education, and creative movement.

The schools financial aid policy has allowed the school to attract a diverse student body. A partnership with Canton City Schools has made it possible for many low income students to attend Canton Country Day School.

Canton Country Day School also participates in helping other kids across the world. In 2008 the school participated in Books of Hope sending many books and some money to the Koch Goma school in Africa.

Cincinnati Country Day School

Cincinnati Country Day School (abbreviated Country Day or CCDS) is a private, coeducational, Independent School located in Indian Hill, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.

Collegiate School (Richmond, Virginia)

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Costa Rica Country Day School

The County Day School Costa Rica (CDS) is a school in San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza (often called The Plaza) is a privately owned American shopping center in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri.

The center consists of 18 separate buildings representing 804,000 square feet of retail space and 468,000 square feet of office space. The standalone buildings are built in a distinctive Seville Spain theme and are on different blocks mostly west of Main Street and mostly north of Brush Creek and blends into the Country Club neighborhood around it and the area is often simply called the "Plaza."

It was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. The 55-acre (223,000 m²) site is about four miles (6.44 km) south of downtown, between 45th and 51st streets to the north and south and between Broadway and Madison Street to the east and west. The Kansas state line is one mile (1.6 km) to the west. Established in 1922 by J. C. Nichols and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as offices. The neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza consist of upscale apartment buildings and mansions, especially those of the Country Club District built along Ward Parkway on the Plaza's southern and southwestern side. The Country Club Plaza is named in the Project for Public Spaces' list 60 of the World's Great Places.

Country Day School, Guanacaste

Country Day School, Guanacaste (CDS) is a private, United States-accredited, boarding school located between the Flamingo Beach and Tamarindo Beach in Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Inspired by the Country Day School movement, it was founded as an English-speaking school in 1963. The school serves students in grades pre-K to twelfth grade. In 2002, the school added a boarding program for grades 8-12. The school is owned and operated by the board of educators, making it a non-profit institution.

Country Day School movement

The Country Day School movement is a movement in progressive education that originated in the United States in the late 19th century.

Country Day Schools seek to recreate the educational rigor, atmosphere, camaraderie and character-building aspects of the best college prep boarding schools while allowing students to return to their families at the end of the day. To avoid the crime, pollution and health problems of the industrial cities of the early 20th century, the schools were sited in the 'country,' where wealthy families owned large homes in what would later be known as suburbs.

The Country Day School movement shared many values with the Arts and Crafts movement. School buildings and campus landscaping were designed with the goal of creating an inspirational atmosphere that would foster learning and culture. In keeping with this holistic view of the student learning environment, various "after-school" programs promoted student development, including athletic programs, choir and religious studies, and monitored study time. Students were given opportunities to develop leadership skills through clubs and student organizations.

The first Country Day Schools were Poly Prep Country Day School, University School, Detroit Country Day School, The Gilman School, Cincinnati Country Day School, and The McDonogh School. These six college preparatory schools provided the structure and campus location format that would guide many more country day schools that would be built around the country for the next 100 years.

Along with those listed above, prominent Country Day Schools include the following:

Almaden Country Day School (San Jose, California)

Beaver Country Day School (Brookline, Massachusetts)

Berkshire Country Day School (Lenox, Massachusetts)

Berwick Academy (South Berwick, Maine)

The Blake School (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Bryn Mawr School (Baltimore, Maryland)

Canton Country Day School (Canton, Ohio)

Charlotte Country Day School (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Columbus Academy (Gahanna, Ohio)

Costa Rica Country Day School (La Guacima, Costa Rica)

The Country Day School (King City, Ontario)

Cranbrook Kingswood School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)Dedham Country Day School,Dedham, MA

Evansville Day School (Evansville, Indiana)

Far Hills Country Day School (Far Hills, New Jersey)

Foothill Country Day School (Claremont, California)

Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville, North Carolina)

Fort Worth Country Day School (Fort Worth, Texas)

Fox Chapel Country Day School (Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania)

Glenelg Country School (Ellicott City, Maryland)

Good Hope Country Day School (Kingshill, Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands)

Green Fields School (Tucson, Arizona)

Greenwich Country Day School (Greenwich, Connecticut)

The Grove School (Madison, Connecticut

Hamden Hall Country Day School (Hamden, Connecticut)

Hawken School (Gates Mills, Ohio)

Keith Country Day School (Rockford, Illinois)

Kentucky Country Day School (Louisville, Kentucky)

The Key School (Annapolis, Maryland)

Kingswood-Oxford School (West Hartford, Connecticut)

La Jolla Country Day School (La Jolla, California)

Lake Forest Country Day School (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Lancaster Country Day School (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Madison Country Day School (Waunakee, Wisconsin)

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (Ladue, Missouri)

Marin Country Day School (Corte Madera, California)

The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, New York)

Maumee Valley Country Day School (Toledo, Ohio)

Memphis University School (Memphis, Tennessee)

Metairie Park Country Day School (Metairie, Louisiana)

New Canaan Country School (New Canaan, Connecticut)

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Newton, Massachusetts)

North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka, Illinois)

Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida)

The Park School of Buffalo (Amherst, New York)

Park Tudor School (Indianapolis, Indiana)

The Pembroke Hill School (Kansas City, Missouri)

Phoenix Country Day School (Paradise Valley, Arizona)

Pingry School (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)

Princeton Day School (Princeton, New Jersey)

Providence Country Day School (East Providence, Rhode Island)

Riverdale Country School (Bronx, New York)

Riverfield Country Day School (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Roland Park Country School (Baltimore, Maryland)

Rolling Hills Country Day School (Rolling Hills Estates, California)

Rumson Country Day School (Rumson, New Jersey)

Rye Country Day School (Rye, New York)

Sacramento Country Day School (Sacramento, California)

St. Paul Academy and Summit School (St. Paul, Minnesota)

The Savannah Country Day School (Savannah, Georgia)

Scarborough Country Day School (Briarcliff Manor, New York)

Seattle Country Day School (Seattle, Washington)

Seacrest Country Day School (Naples, Florida)

Shady Side Academy (Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania)

Shore Country Day School (Beverly, Massachusetts)

Stuart Country Day School (Princeton, New Jersey)

Summit Country Day School

Westchester Country Day School (High Point, North Carolina)

University Liggett School (Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan)

University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Wooster School (Danbury, Connecticut)

York Country Day School (York, Pennsylvania)

Detroit Country Day School

Detroit Country Day School (also known as DCD, DCDS, or Country Day) is a private, secular school located in four campuses in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan, north of Detroit. The administrative offices, facility services, safety and security services, and the upper school (Grades 9-12) are located in a campus in Beverly Hills, along with the middle school (6-8). The Lower School (PK-2) and Junior School (3-5) are located in two separate campuses in Bloomfield Township, near Bloomfield Hills.DCDS was founded in Detroit in 1914 by Alden Shaw inspired by the Country Day School movement. The school's motto is Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, a Latin phrase meaning "Sound Mind in a Sound Body". The school colors are blue and gold.

Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 34 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.

The school has just recently added a new House System. It does not, however, have any disciplinary aims or purpose. the houses are named after the school's four most prominent founders. They are the Alcott House, whose house color is purple, the Bell House, whose color is yellow, the Farwell house, whose color is blue, and the Mason house, and its color being red. The system, says administration, is to bring a cross- grade feeling of unity throughout the school. The students all have buddies, all of which have a fairly wide age difference. Within the next 2 years the plan is to place to institute a twelve clan system, with the names Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, Purple, Pittsburgh, Cyan, Magenta, Light Yellow, Tumbleweed(taken from crayola), Red, and Crimson

League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario (L1O) is a semi-professional men's and women's soccer league in Ontario, Canada, and is sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Ontario Soccer Association as a Division III league in the Canadian soccer league system. The 2018 season included 17 teams in the men's division and 13 teams in the women's division.

In the Canadian soccer league system, its men's division is behind the Canadian Premier League (CPL), Major League Soccer (MLS) (Division I), USL Championship (Division II), while roughly equal to the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ). The L1O women's division is behind the U.S.-based National Women's Soccer League, which has no Canadian teams but is partially backed by the CSA, with many Canada national team members assigned to NWSL teams. As such, it is roughly equivalent to the Women's Premier Soccer League and United Women's Soccer, which form the unofficial second level of the U.S. women's game; each of those leagues also has one Canadian team.

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School or "MICDS" is a secular, co-educational, private school home to more than 1,200 students ranging from grades Junior Kindergarten (age 4) through 12, including a separate "lower school" for children in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 4 known as the Ronald Beasley or "Beasley" School, the MICDS "Middle School", spanning grades 5 through 8, and the "Upper School", consisting of grades 9 through 12. Its 100-acre (404700 m²) campus is located in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue.

McLean, Virginia

McLean ( mə-KLAYN) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. McLean is home to many diplomats, businessmen, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the location of Hickory Hill, the former home of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. It is also the location of Salona, the former home of Light-Horse Harry Lee, the Revolutionary War hero. The community had an estimated total population of 53,673 in 2015, according to estimates prepared by the United States Census Bureau. It is located between the Potomac River and the town of Vienna. McLean is known for its luxury homes and its nearby high-end shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The two McLean zip codes - 22101 and 22102 - are among the most expensive ZIP Codes in Virginia and the United States. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that McLean was the 3rd wealthiest city in the United States, based on its poverty rate of 2.6% and its median household income of $190,258.

North Shore Country Day School

North Shore Country Day School is a selective prep school in Winnetka, Illinois. It was founded in its current form as a coeducational school in 1919 during the Country Day School movement, though it followed the Rugby School for Boys (1893-1900) and Girton School for Girls (1900-1918). It consists of a lower school, a middle school, and an upper school.

Poly Prep Country Day School

Poly Prep Country Day School (known familiarly as Poly Prep) is an independent school with two campuses in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Middle School (5th to 8th grades) and Upper School (9th to 12th grades) are located in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. Lower School (nursery to 4th grade) is located in Brooklyn's landmarked Park Slope neighborhood. Initially founded as part of the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (predecessor of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), Poly Prep now offers classes from nursery school through 12th grade.

Shady Side Academy

Shady Side Academy is an independent preparatory school located in the Borough of Fox Chapel (suburban Pittsburgh), and in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1883 as an all-male day school in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the Academy now offers a secular coeducational PK–12 program on four campuses in the city and its suburbs, including weekday boarding in the Croft and Morewood Houses of its Senior School Campus.Formed to provide for the education of the sons of newly-moneyed industrialists of Pittsburgh's East End, the Academy counts the Frick and Mellon families among its early patrons. In 1922 the Academy expanded to its sprawling Georgian Senior School campus in the then-countryside of Fox Chapel under the influence of the Country Day School movement. The Academy merged with the Arnold School in 1940 to form its Junior School campus and added its stone Tudor manor-style Middle School campus in 1958, emerging in its current three-school system. The Academy admitted its first female students in 1973. Though described in character as a bastion of "old-world conservative" traditions, the school has in recent years demonstrated a vigorous commitment to diversity and financial accessibility.Shady Side Academy enrolls approximately one thousand students annually and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Boarding Schools. The school is a member of the Chewonki Foundation's Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine, CITYterm at the Masters' School, and the High Mountain Institute's HMI Semester in Leadville, Colorado, and sends a significant number of students to both programs annually. The Academy competes locally with the Ellis School, the Winchester Thurston School, and Central Catholic High School, as well as regionally with schools such as the Kiski School and Sewickley Academy, and its lower schools are compared to local primary schools St. Edmund's Academy and the Falk Laboratory School. The school's colors are navy blue and old gold, and the mascot of its athletic teams is the Indian.

Shore Country Day School

Shore Country Day School is an independent elementary and middle school, founded in 1936 following the tenets of the Country Day School movement. The private school educates students in grade levels ranging from a Pre-Kindergarten program through to Grade 9. It is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) with the most recent accreditation review in 2008. Enrollment averages 435 to 450 students annually.

The school is located on a 17 acre campus in Beverly, Massachusetts with athletic fields, two gyms, a library resource center, and five school buildings.

The Pembroke Hill School

The Pembroke Hill School (usually referred to as Pembroke Hill) is a secular, coeducational, independent preparatory school for about 1,200 students in early years (age 2 years) through 12th grade, separated into four sections: early years-prekindergarten (early childhood school), kindergarten-5th grade (lower school), 6th-8th grade (middle school), and 9th-12th grade (upper school). It is located on two campuses in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri, near the Country Club Plaza.

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova is a community in the United States Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It straddles Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County and Radnor Township in Delaware County. It is located at the center of the Philadelphia Main Line, a series of highly affluent Philadelphia suburban towns located along the original east-west railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It is served by the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line regional rail train and Norristown High Speed Line.

The center of the village straddles Lancaster Pike where it intersects Spring Mill. This village center contains the area's post office for ZIP code 19085, an office building, the Wilmington Trust Company's Pennsylvania headquarters, and several smaller shops. The Royal Bank of Pennsylvania also maintains an office at this site.

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