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PK-12
Private
Lancaster, PA
Students enrolled: 578
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725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603

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(717) 392-2916
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September 06, 2014
The students and teachers become tight knit but the school isn't worth the money anymore. It's become less of a school and more of a money making organization. The tuition rates in elementary have almost tripled while the quality of education has declined. The school just is no longer what it once was. Now since scores are declining the administration is trying to put almost 1/3 of the students on an IEP. Out of 600 some odd students the schools testing claims over 75 to be dyslexic. Those numbers are hard to believe.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2014
As a student attending LCDS, I can assure you that the previous comment is untrue. Granted, the school is very small, but the student body is not 'groupy' in the least, rather the LCDS community is one of the most accepting and encouraging ones I've ever been a part of. Yes, it is very tightly knit, but not excluding at all. With regards to gossip, what school doesn't have its share of it? That being said, the level of gossip at LCDS is pretty minimal, and doesn't really impact student life at all. I love all of my teachers, they are very knowledgeable people, who are well spoken, well-versed in their fields of study, and want to be your friend. Academically the school is top-notch. While course offerings are somewhat limited, the ones that are offered are great. Athletically LCDS is very impressive, as many of our teams are able to compete with the vast majority of high schools in the state (state tournament appearances in three different sports, and district tournament appearances for just about every team, just in this past year), which, considering that we only have roughly 200 students in the entire high school, is impressive. Overall, I would very highly recommend it.

- submitted by a community member

May 19, 2014
THIS SCHOOL IS JUST OKAY, THE PEOPLE ARE VERY GROUPY AND EXCLUDING. NOT TO SAY THE WHOLE SCHOOL IS LIKE THAT, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE. THERE IS A LOT OF GOSSIP SINCE IT IS SUCH A SMALL SCHOOL. THE TEACHERS ARE GOOD, BUT SOME ARE NOT SO GOOD. OVERALL, THE SCHOOL IS OKAY.

- submitted by a community member

October 01, 2013
The previous comment is inaccurate. LCDS's strengths are clear. I know that this past year, the school had nearly 300 applications for about 100 places and had a higher opening enrollment than at any time in its history, despite its cost. Its measure of selectivity and the efficiency of its classrooms (14 students on average) allows students, by middle school, to be a grade and a half ahead of other area schools. Anecdotal opinions on websites sometimes have an agenda. As a parent, I suggest that the best thing to do is visit and look very carefully. They have student tours and a chance to meet with admission, just like at a college. If it is not a good fit, it will be clear and the visitor can speak from an informed, and perhaps a less biased, perspective. Many people who look at LCDS end up applying, some do not.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
This school is a scam. Expensive and yet low quality. The building and infrastructure are nice. But they just pass students on to the next grade (even if they are a grade or more behind). If you have a 'special needs kid' who you want to just get moved to the next grade without actually doing the quality of work needed, this is your place. However, know that if you have a child who wants a decent education, their class will have a number of "problem children" and "learning challenged" children who will usurp the teacher's time, leaving your child to sit there doing nothing.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2011
This school believes wholeheartedly that segregation of students with special needs is completely unacceptable. Educating students with special needs in segregated settings commonly used in public schools undermines the fairness that all students must receive. It is the parent's responsibility to teach their own children the adequate skills to succeed in school. So please don't blame this school for your lack of responsibility in teaching your own children adequate skills to function in a typical school environment.

- submitted by a teacher

September 27, 2011
This school is not interested in working with children that have any academic challenges. Please be cautious if you have these concerns for your child.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2011
Five of my children have had excellent experiences as students of Lancaster Country Day School. Teachers went above and beyond for each child. My children thrived on being shown a wide range of academic content and a strong arts education. As citizens of the world, I am proud of their commitment to participating in life to it's fullest and advocating for the human welfare of all. Nothing will stop them from accomplishing their dreams thanks to the education they received at Lancaster Country Day School!

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2011
It is a horrible school that expects all students to be on college-bound and AP track. Whatever happens to tracking students based on their abilities? Perhaps, schools should return to this practice rather than expect all students to succeed in college. Not everyone can make it in college, which unfortunately is the sad truth that most parents in this school refuse to believe in.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2011
Great school--both of my children who have very different personalities/learning styles are thriving. The classes are not traditional/rote in nature where all the children are sitting all the time. The faculty employ many different teaching methods to engage the children including hands-on, discovery-based, and more interdisciplinary than I've found elsewhere. Both of our children are very confident individuals who interact well with adults, value their academics, celebrate athletics and are just happy thriving children. You'll hear just as loud cheering for the BrainBusters Team as you will the soccer team--great respect and appreciation of the different talents of the students. Our family has been very pleased with this school and the education it is providing to our children.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
The teachers at Lancaster Country day are an extraordinary group. Small class sizes further enhance the Country Day experience. Our older child made the transition to middle school last year and he was well prepared academically for the switch. Equally important, the faculty is in tune with the social issues--which can be significant at this age--guiding each child to become not only a successful student, but a successful person in life.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
I attended LCDS for middle and upper school and I always say I would not be who I am without having gone there. Now, almost 20 years later, I can say that the same feeling is true for my own children. They are confident, relaxed yet challenged on a daily basis. They are truly thriving at LCDS. The teachers are patient, kind and incredibly talented intellectuals. There are so many extracurricular activities to choose from and a feeling of family as we interact with everyone there.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2011
My children started at LCDS last year. We have been very pleased with the experience. Country Day follows the independent school model extremely well -- the school has exceptional faculty, the average class size is 14 and the graduates seem especially well-prepared for college. The school has 17% students of color, and the upper school program's size -- 50 per grade -- is in sync with top schools in Baltimore and Philly. (In the 70s and 80s, some classes were 20-25, but that is no longer the case.)

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2011
As a parent with a child in the Lower School, I have to say we have been very pleased with our experience. Our child is equally challenged by and supported by talented and compassionate faculty and staff. She is recognized and appreciated as the individual she is. Her teachers are able to give her that individualized attention so she has the 'ah ha' moment when she learns the answer while building her confidence and her love of learning. And best of all, every child at LCDS is treated like this.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2010
My two years at Lancaster Country Day have been wonderful! My children are growing and thriving and they LOVE IT! I'm am so blessed to have found school that understands how to balance between academic rigor and nurturing the whole child. The teachers are approachable as is the Administration. Before we applied there, I thought it might be full of spoiled rich kids, but that is not the case. There is a nice balance of socioeconomic backgrounds and diversity. If you are looking for a safe, nurturing and academically rigorous education for your child, don't miss this hidden gem!

- submitted by a parent
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March 05, 2010
My child just graduated from this school, having attend lower, middle and upper school. First of all, the school is not diverse. A huge majority (96%?) of teachers, staff, students, and trustees are Caucasian. I am noting this only because other parents are posting that that their children are experiencing a diverse community. But, the school can't be beat in Lancaster as far as academics are concerned. Literature, history, written communications, critical thinking skills - your child will be well served academically at LCDS. Mine was.

- submitted by a parent
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February 18, 2010
We have two children at LCDS. We have been there for 8 years. We would highly recommend the lower school. The teachers are awesome. It has a new head of lower school. Middle school is ok. Upper school is very small. Although we are not there yet, some families decide to leave after middle school so that the kids can be exposed to a different surrounding. Being there for that long, the kids have friends but they need to get to know new friends to be stimulated socially. It has a new head of school that is good. He needs to be more in touch with the kids and parents on a daily basis. Sports are excellent. Safety is excellent. The school is not an easy but excellent. You cannot go wrong with this school due to the academics. We definetly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2010
As a parent of a lower school child, I can say that nothing compares to the dedication and passion of our faculty. We do nationwide searches to get the absolute very best in education. I know (because I have searched others), that my son is getting the best experience he can. This school prides itself on educating the whole child. Because of the class sizes, it has the unique opportunity to individually attend to the needs of every child. This is an exceptional school producing exceptional kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2010
My children have been students of Lancaster Country Day school since Kindergarten. They love the school, their teachers, their friends, and they have such a strong desire to learn. The school has guided them into becoming confident, curious and well-rounded students. LCDS allows them to explore sports, music, theater and also challenges them academically. I can't imagine them being in any other school and I know they feel the same.

- submitted by a parent
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January 20, 2010
I am a parent of two children at LCDS, and have been a member of it's diverse, close-knit, warm community for 6 years. Because of the small class sizes, my children have come to view their teachers and peers as valuable and highly-accessible resources with whom they form mutual, working relationships. They have become well-rounded, eager learners, who ask questions, think independently and work creatively. The access to athletics, technology, sciences, the arts, and other cultures is remarkable. Because it is a small community, my children see themselves as capable of having an impact. That sense of empowerment will go with them as they become responsible, concerned, active citizens of a greater community in adulthood. No other single investment I make in my life will have a greater return.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2010
I have two children at LCDS. One is in 12th grade; one is in 8th grade; both are 'lifers.' We have decided to invest in this education for our children because we are confident that they are known and loved at LCDS. They have grown up with the confidence that people (friends, teachers, administrators) respect and appreciate them for who they are and all the while they are, of course, getting a terrific education!

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2008
As a student, I really enjoy LCDS. I think that Lower and Upper school are the best years, while Middle School was not as fantastic. However, with the promise of a new head of middle school, I hope that this will change. LCDS both encourages both the arts and sports which I love. I highly recommend my school.

- submitted by a student

October 09, 2008
This is my daughter's fourth year attending this school and I couldn't be happier. The teachers are spectacular and truly love their jobs and the children.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2008
This school is excellent. My son is in the lower school and is doing wonderfully. The teachers are so caring and involved with each child. The facility is beautiful and the parents are involved as well. I wouldn't send my son to any other school in Lancaster.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2007
Great staff and parent body. Our daughter takes the bus to school and the support of the Berks County families are great, we even have a parent phone chain list for emergency. As a African American family diversity is important to us. Lancaster Country Day does a great job with encouraging diversity.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2006
We found this school to be fashioned in a boarding school model. It is ideal for children who learn in the traditional rote method. Anecdotally, boys seem to struggle the most. A recently remodeled campus boasts greater learning opportunities in science and art. The school is highly focused on aptitude tests and fund raising. Lower grade teachers seem to be more open to different learning styles--not as much in middle school grades. There is an active lacrosse program. Class size is relatively small.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2006
We are very pleased with the school. I have two children in the Lower School and they really know my children.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2006
When I moved to the area, my husband and I did a lot of shopping for schools. I was surprised how difficult it was to get into a public school to visit classes, etc. Not at Lancaster Country Day School. They opened the school for us to visit classes, tour the school with a student or ask put us in touch with other parents. The school has turned out to be everything we've wanted for our children: great academics, caring faculty and nurturing environment, small classes...and no teaching to the test! My children have blossomed. They have a great sports program that includes participation with a local, large public school so when the kids are older they can play just about any sport.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2006
Kind, supportive, and academically challegning faculty. Great sutdent body- diverse skills and talents- from art, sports, drama- but primary focus is personal development and academics

- submitted by a student

October 11, 2005
This is our first year in this school and we are thrilled. Our welcome has been warm. The teaching staff is excellent. The parental involvement is great. We love it.

- submitted by a parent

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Lancaster Country Day School
725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster, PA  17603
(717) 392-2916
Last modified Lancaster Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Lancaster Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top