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Detroit Country Day Middle School

Private | 6-8 | 1600 students

Excellence in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $200,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted October 23, 2013

Detroit Country Day offers a wide variety of courses which I am very happy with. They keep their students busy with their intense and extremely rigorous courses along with the requirement of participating in two competitive and time consuming sports per year. All of this provides a worthy challenge for the students who strive to get into tough colleges such as Stanford or Harvard.


Posted April 17, 2013

Country Day is one of the most academically rigorous schools out there. If there's one thing I've learned in my 7 years at this school (enrolled in 4th grade), it's time management skills - between early morning orchestra rehearsals, a full day of honors classes, and sports practices in the afternoon that run until 5:30 or 6:00, Country Day is not the place for you if you're not willing to work hard. Despite common belief, it IS possible to have a 4.0 even if you're not brilliant, as long as you work hard and use all of the opportunities given - the teachers are for the most part more than willing to help in any way they can. The music and performing arts programs are incredible, and I'd highly recommend either. The social situation may be a bit cliquey, but everyone ends up finding their niche. The honors classes are marginally harder than the regular level, but the honors teachers really know what they're talking about and their classes are so much more interesting. All in all, I would definitely recommend DCDS to anyone wanting to work hard and see their work pay off. I've had some of the best years of my life at Country Day, and it's for sure 1 of the best schools in the state.


Posted September 23, 2012

Detroit Country Day School has a variety of programs and is very diverse, but the biggest problem is their true philosophy. They say that their philosophy is a sound mind in a sound body, but I'm a student there and I think their philosophy is to make a large crop of ineffectual average students. They will make everything easier for the student who really doesn't care about his/her studies, and everything harder for the student who is devoted to working hard for his/her success. When a female student wears her middle school skirt seven inches up her thigh, but is expected to wear it eight inches up her thigh, everyone is fine. However- when a female student wears her middle school skirt one inch above her knee (at the knee is the policy), but is expected to have it two inches below, everyone is ready to pounce on her. Similarly, if a student wants to test out of a math course, and is behind in maths, he/she can take the summer course and skip over it! However- if a student is trying to get ahead in math courses by skipping out, every teacher will line up in a row and tell you how you shouldn't do this and how they won't let you.


Posted May 29, 2012

The school is excellent, and although it is tough, it will definitely prepare students for college because obviously in college you have to work very hard and the school prepares students so well by teaching a lot and then giving a larger amount of responsibility. It is all about time management there so you are required to do sports, clubs, and community service. Even though it is a tough school day, they always manage to give you some spare time during the school day to wind down/exercise, catch up on school work, socialize, or get help on school work. Lunch has 2 periods so that at one you may eat and the other period you can use a free period to do as you chose. You can also chose to put in one study hall or free block into your day. There is always another time for a break during the day. The school always offers extra help for students and in many ways encourages that students should seek help in any area needed. The lunches are high quality and there are so many amenities including the wonderful school building, nurses office, trainers and there training room, the performing arts center, 3 gyms, a workout room, and a field house all just in the upper school!


Posted February 28, 2012

I have never enjoyed school as much as I did during my days at DCD. The teachers were great, and so were the students. In the years since moving, my mom has often complained about how no school will ever be as good. As an accelerated program, each class challenges the students in a way that no other school I have ever come across has been able to. Learning is a fun and continuous process in Country Day. If I had to rate it, I'd give it 10/10. Go Yellow Jackets!


Posted February 8, 2012

I go here and I LOVE IT! Everyone is nice including the teachers. I go to the middle school and it has given me opportunities that i would have never gotten at a public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2012

Well: The facilities/ building are amazing (they spend a good portion of our tutions upgrading the facility. If you want to meet some smart people come here. Basically they care a lot about the public image so they will "recruit" (buy) students to come here. This really heps if you want good company (smart people). Now which college this will take you to depends on how hard you work, It won't guarantee anything. If you work really hard though chances are you will go somewhere great. Teachers are really nice and good. If you're looking for a great GPA or advanced classes don't come here. It is much harder to get a 4.0 here than in a public school. In 7th grade I was placed in Geometry (9th grade math) even though I could go to Pre-Calculus (11th grade math) if I went to a public. Overall, it is a pretty great school but depends on how much you are willing to spend. Note: Somebody who works really hard can go to Harvard no matter what school they will go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2011

The school's academic program is wonderful, yet its transportation system is horrific. A door-to-door service you purchase does not guarantee your child will be on the bus until you beat the "2-minute-only wait" rule. As a parent and a consumer, all I saw is grade A bus service charge, grade D excuses, and grade E communication and actual service. Aside from the bus services, the school is a phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

i think that DCDS could be a good school if they cared more about the students more so then what the media has to say about the school,also in sports they wouldn't care if the child was failing to try and keep them off they care about how good that one specific person is and have them on teams like basketball and football to be "a 1 man team" where that student scores the most points in the whole game instead of the kids that deserve to be in the game and that have good grades i think they need to get it together before you pay for your child to attend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

As a graduate of DCDS (3rd-12th grade) I have mixed feelings about the school. Like most school there are both incredible and abysmal teachers,& those in between. I think every student can find a teacher that they can connect with (at least in high school) I admit that they prepared me for college. I attended MSU school of education (the top in the country) and I found it very easy. I was never stressed about papers, tests/exams or presentations. I was surprised how many of my piers were so unprepared. Socially the school was awful. The girls were incredibly cruel (I am a female). Teachers picked the favorites at an early age and they were the stars the rest of our time there, giving them, along with students who had parents wave money around, a lot of leniency. It all depends on you & your child. However, outofthebox people don't fitin.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2010

i thought it was only good for one thing.. English. The kids there are sometimes just..mean and not trustworthy, and it's too much pressure with loads of homework(including over holidays) and not even teaching that properly in the classes to even understand the homework fully enough. You only recieve critical and important notices online, and so if your computer breaks down, its a complete DISASTer and could ruin almost everything like your grades and classes for next year(not having the chance to get in i mean). Plus, it's reaallly costs a ton to get in; the testing itself is over $110!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2010

I believe that DCDS is the greatest Academic Institution in the entire Midwest. As a student that has been at DCDS for almost 13 years I have been able to experience the wealth of resources students have access to. Each teacher is definitely from the cream of the crop. Throughout my years at DCD I have developed personal relationships with all of my teachers. I believe that the experience one receives from going to school here is one of a kind. 100% of the students make it to college and most go to top 25 colleges. Greatest school there is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2009

I thought DCDS is a great school, has option for students to be stronger academically, but if you have a child who is like to explore and be creative , this is a wrong school, they don't care about your kids. If your kids do not follow the structure 100%, that means your gets is not a qualify student . the staff care about the job to be done, they care about the media and what it says in the newspaper or headlines news about the achievement of the DSCD, but what about the student and what is looking for, that never been looked at. so be carful before you loosing your money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2007

As a parent of a DCDS graduate, I definitely expected much more from this investment. Prior to entering DCDS, my student was promised that if there were any academic troubles, tutoring and special attention would be immediately implemented, and the small class sizes would provide strong support for academic achievement. This was not the case, and my child struggled throughout the years, with little or no intervention on the part of the school to help. The school provides no appreciable advantage compared to a public school. Do not expect any special consideration in terms of admission to higher-level universities as a result of DCDS--if anything, kids will have a much greater chance of a higher GPA at a public school, and therefore more opportunity for admission to a good college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

The thing I most appreciate about Country Day is that it's challenged me. I've realized the type of person I don't want to be. I've had to work really hard, but balancing AP classes, 3 sports, and a part-time job has helped me mature. Our school is hyped, pricey, and recruits for basketball--that's not a secret. But don't judge us by the snotty DCD girl who you met once, or what you've heard. You don't know Dr. Freid, a physics teacher who plays ultimate frisbee with us after school and talks about life through Winnie the Pooh. Or Dr. Fazio, who I've never officially met, yet he waves every time he sees me. Think Country Day is full of rich kids? We have our share, sure, our school is in Oakland County. But over half of the students are on financial aid. Students who want to learn succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2006

This is a great school. My brother and I both were enrolled here during high school. This school really prepared us for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 5, 2005

This school is one of the best in Michigan. There are so many options for classes, and not everthing is based on academics. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a good education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2005

I am an alumnus of this school, and a so-called 'lifer' (attended from KG-12th). Overrated, and overpriced. In particular, the school is more obsessed with its public image than educating the individual student. They hype several high-achieving students, recruit top-notch atheletes, and have well-placed parental connections to push their image agenda. However, their academic and athletic 'laurels' accumulate from a small group of independently driven students that would achieve the same at any other school. In the meantime, while the public image machine chugs along, they neglect the individual, common students needs, especially in the college placement process. They will hype a committment to ethics and morality, but demonstrate a hypocrisy in their fundraising tactics and athletic recruiting. Now, looking back, DCDS did not give me any advantages - it only raised my hopes, which never came true. Believe me, save your money. Any good public school would do.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2005

Detroit Country Day is just absolutely fabulous. I could not ask for a better education for my child. She has accomplished so much and is way far ahead in her academics and athletic capabilities than other public schools. I highly reccommend this school for the serious family. Who is willing to pay for the best top-notch education there is in Michigan. Country Day is well-known and will definately help my child get into the college of her choice. There is a 100% acceptance rate to any college! So I suggest you start early to register and you won't regret this once in a lifetime decision. This could determine if your child becomes a very educated well-known individual, or just an average everyday 'joe schmoe'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

DCDS has the lowest quality education there is. The teachers, although they have good degrees, DO NOT know how to teach. My child always struggles to get a B. I don't think this is worth the money.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 71%
Asian 24% N/A
African-American 7% 20%
Hispanic 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Multiracial 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
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  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Glen Shilling
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • http://www.dcds.edu
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (248) 646-2458

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Optional bus service
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
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College presentations or information sessions
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Summer college prep programs
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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22400 Hillview Ln
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
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Phone: (248) 646-7717

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