Students enrolled 1
Hours 8:15 - 2:30
School leader Sherri Naff
Transportation options None
Type no info
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1699 Old Dry Creek Rd
Huntsville, AL 35806

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(256) 837-5266
(256) 722-3000
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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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August 01, 2014
The CDS Preschool is exceptional! The teachers are extremely warm and caring! They teach the children in a manner that fosters a love of learning and encourages early development of creative & critical thinking skills. The classroom and playground are delightful -- they remind me of my kindergarten classroom! The preschool program effectively incorporates the project-based Reggio Emilia Approach of early childhood education into the daily activities. Our child attended another preschool prior to CDS it did not come close to CDS s preschool program. I highly recommend CDS s Preschool!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
No Books, No Lunch, No Transportation, No Uniforms. What does $7000 go for? This school is a HUGE disappointment!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Our five year old grandson is going to CDS and absolutely loves it! He was even disappointed when we didn't enroll him for the summer school program last year. He went there for two years of preschool and is in kindergarten now. The teachers are wonderful and seem to really care about the children. This is a great environment with small class sizes where each child's learning styles are accommodated as well as possible. The students are even able to go out on nature walks to the creek and short hikes as weather permits which our grandson loves. So recreation time isn't just playing on a playground, but they can do that too if they wish. Sherri Naff is the director and is really a treasure. Our son went to CDS for awhile twenty some years ago and he loved it too. We were unable to continue with private school back then- and wish we had been able to. But now we're able to help make that possible for our grandson to attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
The school year is coming to an end and I hate to see my child leave this wonderful school. He has been here several years and he had grown and learned so much on an academic and emotional level. The teaching methods have allowed him to become secure in himself and in dealing with a diverse group of people. Recently, he took a test to get into a private high school and did very well proving he obtained a quality education and that our money was well spent. The school provides a physical and emotionally safe environment that I don't believe is available at other schools.. The school also allows for parent involvement that assists the child development. The teachers are so great I wish my child could stay at CDS for another year.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
The CDS preschool is fabulous and absolutely worth the money. In addition to the normal "circle time" work students get at any school, there's a montessori feel: children get free time to play with the many educational toys around the room. Some teachers go from child to child, helping make whichever toy the child chooses educational (like working on sorting, fine motor skills, reading books, etc.) while another teacher pulls the kids out one at a time to work on academics. This tailors to the child - kids just learning letters get letter work, but the teachers are also willing to do phonics, addition, telling time, etc. I'm not looking forward to sending my daughter to a public kindergarten, because I know she won't get the individual attention there that she does at Country Day.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
This is an amazing small private school that offers a personalized approach to education. They use project based learning and technology to be sure their students are well prepared for the 21st century. Arts are valued as are global languages and cultures. This is a caring environment with traditional values. I highly recommend this school for preschool to 8 th grade

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2012
Country day has been a really blessing for my children. Excellent academics in a warm caring environment. I highly rec this school

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
An excellent school in Huntsville especially if you are looking for a secular school. The teachers are very caring of the children and set high expectations. We have been very impressed. Our son attends the Transional kindergarten class.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
I love The Country Day School. My children are are so happy there and love learning because of the positive environment. If any issues arise the teachers are quick to address it and work with the parents to resolve any issues with the children. Not only have they and the staff helped them become eager learners, they have also helped them develop personally in a positive way. One of my children had been enrolled in another school and was so unhappy, depressed and not doing well accademically. We transferred him to The Country Day school and he is so happy and thriving - all he wants is straight A's and to do the right thing. Our whole household is so much happier with the positive change. All the staff is simply wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
CDS has amazing academics but I think the teachers are too involved with the children's personal lives; especially in the upper elementary. Some teachers probably should've minded their own business about certain things, but sometimes teachers wouldn't even listen when a student had to tell/explain something. But academically this school is by far the best.

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
The Country Day School is a great educational environment for my children. I have been very pleased with all of the dedicated teachers at the school. The facilities and grounds are outstanding. I would highly recommend this school, and believe it is the best in Huntsville.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
My only regret regarding Country Day School is that my children were not there from the very beginning. It is a unique experience that produces students who excel not only academically but in all aspects of their lives. Rather than standardized drills and teaching to the test students are inspired to learn and challenged to achieve individual excellence. Testing is used as an evaluative tool so that teacher and student can partner together to develop skills. The curriculum flows naturally and students' curiosity and achievements are celebrated. I have had the opportunity to watch several years of CDS graduates as they progress through high school and college and I am always impressed how successfully they integrate to more standardized enviornments and continue at the highest levels of accomplishment. It is an "outside the box" learning experience and one that other schools and concerned parents should pay attention to.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I don't get what the person in the previous comment said, name calling?? That's rediculous! I have two children currently attending The Country Day School (one in preschool and one in the Primary) and they absolutely love their teachers. They care about all the students. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who would like an outstanding education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
We have been at CDS for two years and have been extremely happy. My daughter was attended the combo Pre-K/K/1st grade class. The teacher ratio was great (there were two teachers in the room). My daughter excelled in this class. Currently, my child is in the combo 1st and 2nd grade class. Her teacher has spent a lot of timing developing a curriculum for her. My daughter has accelerated in this environment. My daughter takes individual piano lessons, attends music class, visits the library, plays outside every day (weather permitting), takes art class, and has lessons in Spanish and Chinese. There are multiple field trips and cultural events during the year. The school building is beautiful and fosters an environment of learning. The schools is small and the extracurricular activities are focused on the skills and interests of the teachers and volunteer parents. The clubs include Art, Dance, Lego Builders, and Science. I agree that the school is a family run organization and there is no governing board. I have not had any issues and cannot comment about how issues are resolved.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I am very happy with the Country Day School. Both my children attend, one in 2nd grade and one in 6th grade. The academics are excellent and the teachers are high quality and very dedicated. The school administration staff are friendly, concerned and knowledgeable. The school leadership is also excellent with the head teacher being very interested in current theories of education. The children remain with the same teacher for several years, with specialist teachers assisting with some subjects. The children are able to work at individualized levels which has helped one of my children who finds math challenging but is very advanced in reading and writing skills. One notable aspect of the school is the parental involvement, which is great because of the diversity of ethnicities that attend the school. there are always interested and knowledgeable volunteers at school events.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
The Country Day School fills a belief in the Huntsville/Madison/Madison County area that is addressed by no other school. That is the belief that children will learn if given the time and opportunity to ask, touch, taste and smell what they are curious about. Certainly there are times that a 'standard format' must be followed but what a joy it is to see children truly engaged in THEIR education and not just filling a seat. As a parent and grandparent of CDS students, I am proud to say that my family has a long tradition of being a CDS kid!

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
CDS offers more than just a school to my son; it is a second home. He actually likes school again and looks up to his teachers. He is comfortable talking to his teachers about problems with school or social challenges and this is definitely a NEW thing for him. Thank you Country Day!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
At first, it seemed like a great school with a wonderful curriculum. Unfortunately, I am horribly disappointed with the lack of self control some teacher's exhibit towards the kids. Name calling, shaming and belittling are never acceptable.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Both of my daughters have attended CDS since preschool and now my oldest is enrolling in 4th grade. This school is fantastic. The teachers and director are inspiring leaders for the children. They mix fun, confidence building, and exploration with learning. Every day I am amazed at both what my children are learning, and how CDS is motivating them to succeed. You cannot beat the individual attention students get and the positive environment at the school. Thanks CDS for giving my children such a great foundation for learning!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
Our family has loved this excellent small school for many years-greta teachers, excellent academics in a warm and caring environment! Would highly rec.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2009
This school has been fantastic for my children. My youngest has been going there since preschool and has been so happy and is learning so much in a wide range of subjects. He is so open to new ideas and excited about learning. Our older son attended public school for a while and he had such a negative experience there that he did not like school and was depressed. We changed him over to Country Day and he is like a new child in many ways. He has never been happier and is now excited about learning. We plan to keep both our children at Country Day all the way through the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
I have one child already in the first grade at The Country day School and now i can't wait for my two year old to be potty trained so she can start in preschool. I didn't plan on my children going to a private school past preschool but now i plan to keep them here until the eight grade! The teachers and staff are freindly and excellent and children are able to work at their own pace and are seen as the individuals that they are.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Our daughter is in her fourth year at CDS. She started as a preschooler and we had planned to send her to another school after that, but since the teachers were so in tune with our daughter we decided to keep her there and we have been happy with our decision. The best part of the school is the fact that the kids get to learn at their own pace. Our daughter was bumped up a grade but still able to stay in a class with her peers. The teachers make the learning hands-on and fun! The students do not have to sit in chairs all day doing worksheets! They are always learning, and whenever possible nature is brought into the learning experience. The parents are encouraged to be very involved! What started as just a preschool experience has turned into the best school experience we could have imagined.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Very interesting, I would agree that the sour grapes do not reflect most parent/student views. I have 6 children and I have never had a more enriching environment for them. We have attended Country Day School for the last 2 years and I can t say enough positive. When my husband was deployed to Iraq and my 6 year old was feeling sad his teacher took the time to call me in the middle of the day to let me know and share what they had done to make him feel better. Teacher turn over is minimal, which gives my children consistency and the teachers knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses. My children come home excited about learning, excited to share what they know and to further advance their knowledge. We will have to leave Alabama next year and I am very concerned where my children will go to school. I do not want them to lose the wonderful skills Country Day School has fostered.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Our family has been very pleased with our experience at CDS. The unique environment and approach make learning something that my children are excited about, and they are encouraged to excel individually without being constrained in a situation that serves 'the least common denominator.' I have not found student or teacher turnover to be excessive - on the contrary, the teachers are committed and dedicated to the mission of the school and the growth and betterment of the students. While the school is 'non-traditional' in some regards, I believe the educational approach and curriculum are far superior to any alternative in the area, and I cannot imagine a student that would not be able to excel in this setting. CDS is a relatively small school with excellent ratios and a level of teacher involvement that appreciates and values the whole child, with every child. I heartily recommend CDS.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
After more than 25 years of teaching and multiple schools attended by all of my children I think that Country Day Schools only asset is the nice building. The curriculm is helter skelter, the rules on everything change constantly and unless you have magical powers do not even attempt to see any assignments that the children have done. When I consider the amount of time spent looking for a good school for my child and the amount of time spent undoing what CDS has done, it boggles the mind. I am sure this school satifies someones needs, certainly not my child's.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I do not recommend this school. The building is nice but that s about all they really have to offer. They don t even have a real gym. What they call a gym is an indoor soccer facility. If you don t play soccer, it s useless. I went to a public school before I came to this school. I am going back to public school next year. I learned more, had more opportunities, had more extracurricular activities to choose from, and my parents were more welcome in public school. There is no order and no consistency in this school when it comes to discipline. Before you decide to go to this school, talk to former students, parents and teachers so you can make an informed decision.

- submitted by a former student
July 06, 2005
Our years of experience with this school was very negative. This is a Family run school, with no governing board to oversee operations and make sure issues that arise are handled swiftly and appropriately. From my son s 5th grade class, only about 1/3 will be returning. Many teachers have also left. Though CDS espouses a child-centered philosophy, it utilizes stern disciplinary tactics; not for the weak at heart. We were also not happy with the education. Most subjects are taught without the use of textbooks. And Fitness revolves almost exclusively around soccer. When you read about the CDS philosophy, coupled with its beautiful new facility, you might think your child is being given a unique learning opportunity. Don t be fooled. If you look beyond its facade, you'll find very little. And,like the many others who have since moved on, you'll feel sadly disappointed. I recommend you find another school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
At first this school seemed great. The students were exposed to phenomenal art classes, Russian, Spanish, French, music, life skills and learning about different cultures around the world. The educational approach was low stress and fun. The phenomenal art program has been done away with and all the people who made the school great in their approach to education are gone. What remains is a very small school with very little to offer. It is family owned and operated. There is no board, no stake holders and no higher entity to hold them accounatable for their actions. The only sport offered is soccer. The school can be very unkind to children who are committed to other soccer teams or other sports outsdie the school. I strongly recommend that anyone who is considering this school, talk to former teachers, parents and students. The teacher and student turnover rate is very high.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
After reading the negative review of The Country Day School, I found myself wondering if this person was reviewing the same school I know and love. My son has attended CDS for 5 wonderful, exciting years. Every day when I pick him up from school, I say how was your day and he says great, awsome guess what we did today. I would hope that any prospective families would contact the school themselves to make an informed decision. What this school represents and how they teach if truly unique. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
Beautiful new facility, but not a well run academic institution. Staff and student turnover is very high. This is a family run school, with no external check and balances- no board of directors or other external board to review academic performance or other issues with students or staff. Curriculum seems to be rather adhoc- with few text books used. School stresses fitness, and can be unfriendly to kids that are not fit or are not good athletes or soccer players.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2003
We love this school. My son has 5 teachers! Each one has gotten to know him very well and understands his distinct learning style. Country Day is a student-center school. Each child has their own individualized program catered to their specific strengths and weaknesses. The children have special classes(art, science, spanish, handworking, geography, fitness) that they take as a group every week. This school provides the family environment that elementary students really need.

- submitted by a parent
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The Country Day School
1699 Old Dry Creek Rd, Huntsville, AL  35806
(256) 837-5266
Last modified The Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.