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Lancaster Country Day School
725 Hamilton Road    
Lancaster, Pennsylvania  17603-2411  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 12 625 students


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Coed, college preparatory_600+ students under one roof in preschool through 12th grade_Average class size: 13_Student-faculty ratio: 8:1_Seniors accepted to four-year colleges/universities: 100%_$2.5 million+ in financial aid awarded


    High academic standards_Supportive faculty who provide individual attention to all students_Emphasis on substantive reading and writing in myriad genres and styles
    Variety of teaching methods to stimulate students' creativity and critical thinking_Regular review of preschool through 12th-grade curriculum ensures the material keeps a natural sequence and flow

    Reader's and Writer's Workshop_Skill-based grouping in math and reading_Education of the whole child, with art, music and physical education as important as academics_Spanish language instruction begins in preschool


    Strong advisory program, fostering close teacher-student relationships_Literature-based English instruction and classroom discussions_Teaching of study skills integrated throughout curriculum_Foreign language and encouragement to participate in the fine and performing arts, such as art, chorus, ensemble and theater

    Advanced Placement courses in 12 subjects_Independent study and Independent Senior Projects for advanced work beyond curriculum_Foreign languages: Spanish, French, Latin and Mandarin_Outstanding college preparation, with special emphasis on reading, writing, math, science and discussion skills_LCDS is one of six schools in the U.S. invited to participate in the annual Model United Nations conference in The Hague, Netherlands._Students develop not just awareness but fluency in cultures through an outward-looking curriculum and courses that include travel to destinations both in the U.S. and abroad

    LCDS has an extraordinary arts program with inspired, professional artists in theatre, ceramics, fine arts, dance, and music_Private music lessons are also available during the school day for students of all grades

Students in preschool through fifth grade have three to four physical education classes each week; sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have three. Beginning in sixth grade, students may compete in interscholastic sports. With our after-school fitness program and a wide selection of varsity, club and co-op teams, students interested in athletics have a wealth of options. LCDS is a member of Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association, and our varsity teams often vie for postseason play. Country Day has a cooperative agreement with the School District of Lancaster: Our students can compete on McCaskey High School bowling, cross country, football, softball, swimming, track, volleyball and wrestling teams.


Country Day's comprehensive college guidance program, which begins in eighth grade, is designed to help students follow their passions and find the right college match. Our graduates unfailingly report that they were exceptionally well prepared for college.


LCDS is deeply committed to connecting children to the world around them. We encourage students from all grades to participate in a wide variety of community service projects, whether large or small, local or international. All Upper School students may earn an "Outstanding Community Service" designation on their transcripts in recognition of individual projects.


    Economic - 32 percent of students receive financial aid_Geographic - Students from five counties and 35 school districts_Racial -20 percent students of color

    More than 90 percent of Upper School faculty teaching academic courses hold advanced degrees, and 54 percent of all faculty do._LCDS faculty have earned professional development grants as well as national and international recognition through programs including the Fulbright, Klingenstein, Christa McAuliffe Fellowships, AARMS, N.E.H. seminars in the U.S. and Europe, the Whalen Chemistry Award and the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad_Country Day has two fully endowed faculty chairs to honor outstanding teachers at the school

This program is designed for children ages 3-5, and consists of half- or full-day options.


    Provided by public school districts within a 10-mile radius of LCDS_Also available from Berks, Dauphin and York counties_Carpooling may be arranged from most other areas

    LCDS awards more than $2.5 million in financial aid_Any family may apply for financial aid, with scholarship grants awarded according to need. Please call the Admission Office for tuition details.

    No. of high school seniors: 100_Percentage planning to attend a 4-year college: 100_National Merit Scholars and Letter of Commendation recipients: 6
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