Lancaster Country Day School


  • 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 in 2011-12


  • 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 languages: Spanish and French
  • Exposure 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


  • In the 2011-2012 school year, LCDS awarded 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: 46
  • Percentage receiving a diploma: 100
  • Percentage planning to attend a 4-year college: 100
  • National Merit Scholars and Letter of Commendation recipients: 6


Organization Name: Lancaster Country Day School
Address 1: 725 Hamilton Road
Address 2:
City, State, Zip: Lancaster, Pennsylvania  17603-2411
Type: Private
Number of Students: 600
Lowest Grade: pre-k
Highest Grade: 12


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