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Country Day School of Arlington

Private | PK-1 | 75 students

Our school is best known for its changing, rich curriculum and nurturing staff.
 
 

 

Living in Arlington

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $141,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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Posted July 22, 2014

I am a busy attorney and protective first time mom of a 15 month old little boy. After developing some concerns over my son s previous daycare, I started researching other options. Within moments of our tour at Country Day, we knew it was the right place for us. We ve never regretted the decision to move and our expectations are continuously exceeded. My son is hearing impaired, so it was of paramount importance that his teachers be cognizant of his speech development and the extra attention he requires due to his hearing aids. As a parent of a child who has some extra needs, it s an unfortunate fear that some caregivers may perceive your child as a burden. This has never been the case at Country Day- he was warmly welcomed from day one. They are interested in his development, ask appropriate questions and welcome his speech therapist. Simply put, Country Day is in a different league. The facility is immaculate, the directors are professional and the teachers are refined and care for the children as their own. Not only am I confident that my son is safe and well looked after, I know that he is being enriched and a strong foundation is being set for his future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Confident, respectful, and cheerful. CDSA students consistently exhibit those attributes when I see them at the school (when I am visiting my two children) or outside the school at parties or sports. From the first week my older child switched to this school from her old daycare, she showed change and improvement in her vocabulary and socialization. The curriculum is a great balance of group and individualized work. And most importantly, the teachers are very experienced, excellent learning facilitators, and so loving and caring. I can't say enough wonderful things about CDSA. My child will attend kindergarten there this year. The only drawback is that they do not offer all elementary grades! I am confident my children will be very well prepared for another school when the time comes to move them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

This is a wonderful school that allows the child to learn and love school. I have 2 children going here and they have learned so much. The teachers allow my child to learn at her pace, which happens to be fairly advanced for her age. Before, when she was in other curriculum-based daycare, she would have to wait until the other kids understand the same concept before the teacher would move onto another subject. Subsequently, she became bored and started to tune out the teacher and the activity. I am happy to say that ever since she came here to CDSA, she has been continually engaged and have learned many concepts. Most importantly, she is happy and loves going to school. My other child, who is a toddler, has also learned a lot. Ever since he enrolled, he has talked more and understand more. Also, a side note, a plus is the school also offers extracurricular activities (extra charge as they are independently sourced). My daughter takes ballet, piano, and karate...which she probably not would have if I have to pick her up and take her to each of these lessons.This is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

CDSA is a gem in the heart of Arlington. There are very few place where you can get educational excellence, and nurturing, caring teachers for kids as young as 14 mos through first grade. I can't say enough good things about the principal of the school, Joyce Hunt-French. I've known her for 7 years , as long as my kids have been going to the school. She is an outstanding leader who is completely hands-on. You see Joyce everyday and she will call and email you to touch base several times a month. This school is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Country Day is an exceptional environment for nurturing and inspiring young learners. The pride that the staff takes in every aspect of interacting with the children is phenomenal. It is a place that i look forward to coming to daily. The majority of the staff have a 10year + tenure and authentically share - motivate- encourage each other to excellence in the classroom. They are open to sharing concerns and feel they will be embraced and considered - even if the end result it different than desired. A school where teachers take pride in their classrooms, come to work earlier than contracted to ensure their classroom has a "prepared environment" - sometimes as early as 6:30 a..m. is truly remarkable. The students have a "Love " for learning and it is such a vital foundational educational quality. Areas of improvement for our school seems to lie in marketing - as there should always be a waiting list with what is being offered and delivered daily with excellence. A place where I would personally be delighted to have my child in any classroom. Additionally, the respect for the diversity is high. Every child is not only educationally "safe" but "emotionally" safe!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2012

My daughter attended this school for 1 &1/2 and I moved her to a more religious based school. Nothing against religion, but what a mistake!! She seemed to have regressed academically and I'm now realizing what a mistake it was to take her out of CDSA. The student teacher/parent interaction was SUPERB at CDSA, and progress reports were many. We were always kept aware of how our child was doing, and given suggestive methods of improvement. I REGRET LEAVING CDSA, but luckily the damage is not irreparable. ( One semester was all I could tolerate at her present school) She will be going to Kindergarten at another Catholic Private school in Dallas in the Fall. Were it not for my present employment situation, she's be returning to CDSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

We love this school! Our first child attended a different private montessori school in fort worth, this one is comparably priced (not cheap), but SO much better. Classroom space is not great (a bit cramped), but the outdoor facilities are top notch & the teachers are incredible! It is run as a cohesive community & offers some extracurriculars as well (which is great for such a small school). I cannot say enough good things about the lead teachers, they really are amazing (professional, strict when needed but never demeaning, well trained in montessori). Even with a 30 min. drive, we will continue to send our children here as long as possible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

Country Day School of Arlington Montessori program is an excellent school with an extremely dedicated principal and an equally as dedicated teaching staff. We chose this school because of its rigorous curriculum, its rich diversity and because of its low/no turnover in teachers. The Music teacher and Stretch and Grow classes are wonderful. Spanish is offered. It is a small school where everyone knows everyone. And there seems to be a great mix of various income levels at the school. But, everyone appears to be treated equally! Cons: Expensive! High tuition with lunch/before after school care as an additional fee. Extended Day staff has a moderate turnover, seems to be lacking a little in computer/technology courses. And they could have more extracurricular choices. Over all a WONDERFUL school and I would highly recommend. We have found each teacher to be loving and caring but a disciplinarian when needed. My child has settled in well and looks forward to going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

This is a great school. They really keep the parents informed and the students on track. My son moved here from a private prep type school and did so much better here and learned so much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

This 50-year old Monterssori school is now soley for 16 mth olds to Kindergarteners. It has established roots, great diversity and very dedicated, qualified teachers. It fosters independence of the child and creates a love for learning with lots of hands-on exploration with colorful teaching tools in a carefully laid out classroom. The other portion of the once 18 acre school is now known as Summit International Preparatory for K - 9th graders to become a IBO World school (www.ibo.org).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

When I found this school, my husband and I decided we just might have to stay here in Texas because of this school. We had dreamed of living abroad to give our kids the best real life education that only diversity can bring. CDSA is like a dream for us. CDSA is incredibly diverse with both its teachers as well as its families. I love the truly loving environment combined with the Montessori education. My kids and I truly love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

This was my daughter's first year at Country Day, and I think God everyday for her teacher, Mrs. Smith. She got the best education that any kindergartner could ever ask for. The school needs to work more on the communication with the parents, though. I was very displeased that they had made the decision to go charter. I believe that the quality of school will go down, now that anybody can enroll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

Very strong academic program. Fantastic Pre-K/K programs. Very high parent involvement. The CDSA community is a happy community. They have a great focus on practical life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

The quality of the academic programs is outstanding. The art program is excellent. I am amazed by the art work the kids do. The sports program is great. The middle school boys basketball team scored second in their tournament.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2004

This is a wonderful school! The montessori program is wonderful and my child (2 1/2)is thriving. The teachers are very nurturing, caring, and patient. The class sizes are very small which means a lot of personalized attention.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Hispanic 3% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Joyce Hunt
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS
  • SACS Accredited
  • TANS
  • TISC
Fax number
  • (817) 275-0263

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Music
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Self Defense
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Self Defense
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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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.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • School Tours are available. We'd love to meet your family! Contact us at 817-275-0851 to schedule.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
30

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Oakridge School
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1105 W. Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, TX 76012
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Phone: (817) 275-0851

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