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449 Rose Hill Drive
Kearneysville, WV 25430

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(304) 725-1438
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4 stars
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April 21, 2013
It is no longer "Country Day School" - it is "Jefferson Academy". There simply is no better school in the area - hands down. It is under new ownership but continues to bring top knotch education to their students. Not only do the teachers deeply care and go the extra mile, the staff, administrators and families all feel a sense of community together to education our children and teach kindness and respect to others. The tuition is VERY reasonable and worth every penny. My child has been there since their Smart Start program (3 years old) and was reading at 4. She has cultivated wonderful friendships and it feels like all of us are one big family. The school only has 30-ish kids but is growing. I personally like the small individualized attention my children are getting. My kindergarten is 1 of 10. My 3 year old is 1 of 5. I can't say enough about this school - we have loved our past 3 years!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
We loved Country Day School and were sadden to hear of the closing. But now it will be The Jefferson Academy with most of the same teachers and we are thrilled. Our daughter will be in Ms Ahmed's class and we are so excited! She attended since she was 3yrs old and is already reading at a 2nd grade level! I hope more people check out this school because it is wonderful how the teachers interact with the students and keep the parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2011
This school is superior in its ability to motivate, educate and inspire my child. The cost for the 3 and 4 year old preschool program is no more than normal daycare cost...but our educational benefits far outreach any daycare facility. My child was able to read small words at 3 1/2 years old. (She started at exactly 3 years.) Now at 4 years old, she's reading short sentence books. Unbelievable! The teachers care for their students and work in partnership with the parents. We feel like we are part of a family unit with this school. We look forward to a long relationship with Country Day School.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
I wish we had found this school earlier. A great school. A little expensive, but worth it. We feel the academic program is challenging and yet can be fun and exciting for our child. We find the school is way above West Virginia standards of education. We have also found the teachers dedication to the students to be impressive! They really are there for the kids. We have found the administrative staff always willing to listen to our thoughts and concerns. My only concern is that they only go the 8th grade. I cannot imagine what I will do then? I could not recommend a better school for any parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
This our 3rd year at CDS with two kids and the school is great. CDS is an excellent value for money and nothing short of an awesome place for kids to have a strong foundation in their early years. The sincerity and dedication of the Principal Ms. Steeley is unparalleled and skills, enthusiasm, professionalism of teachers is taking CDS to new highs. My younger one is attending Sr. KG and Mrs. Ahmed is awesome. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced kids topics, are both truly superior. My older one attends Grade2 and it is amazing to see the teachers have created a student-centered classroom enviroment where active learning takes place. Not to mention the school is at top on technology also.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
My daughter is in her third year at CDS. We love CDS. The teachers are wonderful and they challenge each student to excel in all subjects and to have respect for their peers. It has been a rewarding experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2010
This is my daughter's second year at CDS, and she loves it. Her teachers been excellent, and committed to allowing her excel academically, even when that has required a group effort. Instead of forcing me to skip her grades ahead when it was evident she wasn't being challenged (and ahead of her social group) they have worked to challenge her well above grade level in their own classrooms, even when it meant purchasing additional years of curriculum or swapping resources with older grades. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
If you are looking for a safe, nurturing learning environment. Country Day School is the place to be,.. it's like a home away from home for my son. Classes are small, and the kids get a lot of individual attention and can learn at their own pace. By 1st grade, my child was reading at least 2 grades above ( public school level). You can look, but you are just not gonna find a better school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
CDS has potential, however, things are not what they appear on the surface. Too much gossiping and politics.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2010
C.D.S is a home away from home for my children. All of the teachers know each child personally and are a part of their growth. I am a firm believer that our children thrive in this school, and will continue to grow to be kind, thoughtful, intellectual, and respectful adults! I will continue to support the faculty and staff, as well as the students, in keeping our school the safe, exciting learning environment that it is!! I am also looking forward to the innovative new head of school coming to CDS. Sadly it seems some of the comments made on this site are by parents that do not care for their children, but only for the selfish needs of themselves. If these angry adults would focus their energy on their own families, and not on the destruction of CDS, they will see how much this school has positively influenced so many!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
As an alumni of the Country Day School I look back on my seven years there with not only fondness but with an admiration for the faculty / staff and all of not only the academic but also life lessons I learned there. The small class sizes, one on one attention and accelerated learning style which CDS prides itself on is something that not only prepared me take on high school and later university life but excel in it. The teaching of Reason, Responsibility and Respect as not only the motto of the school but also as a tenant of values to live by is something which I personally took to heart and keep with me every day as an adult in today s society. As an active alumni I am on campus sporadically to volunteer and still witness the caring love and devotion that CDS teachers have for not only teaching but for their students. At the Country Day School you are not just a student but are part of a family, and this is felt from the first time you step foot on their beautiful campus. Without the influence of the Country Day School in my younger years I can truthfully say that I believe I would not be in the same positive position I am today.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2010
The best thing about CDS is the teachers! They really create a safe, nurturing environment for the children. Because the class sizes are small, each student gets a lot of individual attention and can learn at their own pace. As a result, my kids math and reading ability has been at least one grade level above the standard. That's a great foundation to build on . . .

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
My daughter attended CDS for 7 years and received an excellent foundation for her future academic endeavours. The CDS culture is based on respect among students and teachers and encourages parent involvement. Children develop relationships with children of all grades and are provided with a variety of opportunities for building their confidence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Public school recommended medication for my daughter because she was too distracted in a class of 29! Within 5 months at CDS, she is reading with the top of her class and excelling across the board. Small classes, caring teachers, and a real sense of community make this a wonderful school. I'm so glad we came!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
the teachers, the dedicatin of the school and the students make CDS a place to put your child and truly love it!!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I have been very pleased with the education my child has received at Country Day. Academics are excellent, the teachers and staff really care about the students, and parents are encouraged to participate. I always feel like I am welcome on campus, and have enjoyed getting to know my child's classmates, as well as their families. I'm looking forward to seeing my child grow, not just academically, but with good character. Reason, Responsibility and Respect are not just a motto, but an integral part of how the school operates on a day-to-day basis.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
My child went to SrK with Mrs. Ahmed and it has been nothing but a positive experience.My child loves going to school and has learned so much. We are looking forward to 2010-2011 school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
This has been a horrible year at Country Day School - so much politics - board rule - turmoil. No wonder few kids are coming back. My son is in second grade and dreads coming to school. Me, too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The school was once a wonderful place to work - now we have no ideas of who will be fired next. Students are leaving, teachers are leaving - things are really difficult for everyone!

- submitted by a teacher
May 11, 2010
My children attend CDS, and I couldn't be prouder. The School is a second home to them, and I feel they are receiving the best education in the Eastern Panhandle. The teachers are compassionate and dedicated. I find it unfortunate that this disgruntled parent uses this website as a means to denigrate the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I am a proud parent and teacher at CDS. These last few messages are obviously from disgruntle parents who have been asked not to return next year and a staff member who was also asked not to return. CDS is by far the best school I have ever worked in and I would not dream of sending my children anywhere else. As far as accreditation, CDS is not a public school and therefore would not be accredited by Jefferson County Schools. CDS went through a private school accreditation which has higher standards than public school and passed with flying colors. CDS has hired an amazing new principal for next year! All of the teachers I have spoken to can not wait to work for him. Don't take my word for it or any other negativity - come visit the school and find out for yourself what wonderful teachers we have!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Jefferson County Schools have NOT accredited any private schools in the county including CDS. I called the Superintendent of JCS to confirm. However CDS claims to be accredited. After digging I found that CDS hired a private company who is in the business of selling accreditations. Therefore CDS is not held to the same standards as public schools. I feel that CDS is being dishonest with perspective parents about their accreditation. Also grievances go through CDS school board only (not the BoE), whose intent is to keep the school financial sound. IMO I would rather send my kids to a school who doesn't have to compete dollars against children.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
There isn't any support from the Education Board of Directors. I'm unable to do my job. Most of the parents complain about the service being provided and that reflects in the students attitude

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2009
Great School for Kindergarten especially Mrs. Ahmed's Class. My kid learned so much in this class and it couldn't have been any better.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
Pro's- small school lots of individual attention. strict. family based. Cons. no sports, under-qualified teachers, begging for money- the school is poor really poor, fine arts are severely lacking, nothing beyond basic art class. basically this school is good for elementary schoolers, but above that it just doesn't cut it. Do a good thing for your child send them to public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2008
Excellent school! There is no question in our minds that we picked the best school in the area for our son. The teachers were flexible enough to adjust to the areas where our son excelled beyond grade level - the public schools in this area would not have done that. The staff were very helpful when we had questions or concerns. Wonderful school community.

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March 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2007
CDS offers so much more than an excellent education for our child. The sense of community is amazing. They are genuinly concerned with our child as an individual and have fostered her creativity and individuality as well as her academic growth. We have had a great experience with this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
This school is definitely a cut above the public schools. It has an excellent, and extremely challenging academic agenda. All kids take two or three foreign languages, music, art, computers, PE several days a week, classics, etc. on top of their hard core science, math, English, and social studies. Classroom sizes are small. Kids generally behave very well. They have so many special topic teacher beyond their home room teachers that even the little ones learn to learn from many people, each with their own teaching style. Most of their teachers are excellent. They have a few mistakes that the principal has removed. And the homework load is enormous - more than some of the children can handle. You have to help them a lot. But meet your child's primary teacher before you start them at CDS and make sure that you don't get one of the rare bad ones.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
Excellent academic environment in an area where good schooling is difficult to get. Best asset is the principal and her leadership. Did I mention it is very cost effective,safe,family oriented school and has great parent/teacher communication and participation?

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
OUr daughter (now in 1st grade) is in her fourth year at CDS and I think she is getting a solid education. CDS continues to grow and develop and we've seen significant improvement in the school's administration and development efforts. Like the other reviewers, I will echo that Mrs. Ahmed is an amazing teacher who challenged her students to work hard and achieve much while still maintaining control of her classroom. As another reviewer mentioned, the school is constantly fundraising in an attempt to keep tuition low and affordable (around $5500/year), less than what you would pay for daycare in the area. The quality of the academic programs continues to improve, as well as communication between the school and parents. Increasing efforts by faculty and staff to build the CDS community through new extracurricular activities and programs are enhancing our daughter's learning experience and she will return next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Ms Ahmed (Sr Kindergarten) is worth every penny you would spend on tuition, beyond that I was not impressed. My son went to school there for two years, first year was fantastic, 2nd year horrible. Will not send him back.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
A friend attended this school and endured the typical mindset that is found in public schools. 'Parental involvement' and 'student accountability' are the catch phrases. In other words, if your child doesn't excel here - don't blame the school . . . Worse still, the tuition is comparitively low but the begging for money never stops. My God, just raise the tuition a thousand bucks a year and get busy teaching. If your thinking about sending your child here, your money would be better spent hiring a tutor and using public school resources. Just like public schools, the report cards issued to the students accurately reflect the overall performance of the school and the individual teacher. If the teachers at CDS weren't satisfied until all ten of their students were making A's, then CDS would be a great school. Until then, think twice before spending the money, time and more money.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
Excellent academic environment with strong involvement of teachers and staff in maximizing your child's growth potential. Although limited on extracurricular activities due to size of student body, this is more than offset by the quality and enthusiastic participation of students and parents. Safety, discipline and an overall responsible environment is maintained at all times.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2004
I think the Country Day School is terrific and, more importantly, so does my son, who is in his second year. CDS has an ambitious curriculum, great teachers and staff, and a strong commitment toward the growth and well-being of its students. I would gladly recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2004
I can't say enough good things about this school. They provide wonderful curriculum, challenge the students and encourage parent involvement. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
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The Country Day School
449 Rose Hill Drive, Kearneysville, WV  25430
(304) 725-1438
Last modified The Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-7
The Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top