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Independent Day School, The
115 Laurel Brook rd    
Middlefield, Connecticut  06455  
Private/Independent School
pre-k 8 136 students


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The Independent Day School is a Pre-K – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford).  Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. Recent curriculum study, the development of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, a strong focus on incorporating social-emotional learning, and connection to current issues such as environmental literacy, global citizenship and cultural studies, and design thinking and entrepreneurship have provided faculty and administrators with new frameworks for program advancement. &&


Quick facts about IDS&&

&Co-ed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school&&&

&Student enrollment for 2020-21: 136&&&

&Students come to IDS from 29 Connecticut cities and towns&&&

&Dedicated, highly educated faculty&&&

&Students of color represent 25% of the enrollment&&&

&33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens&&&

&Parent participation is encouraged&&&

&25 minutes from Hartford and New Haven&&&



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Diversity Mission Statement

&The Independent Day School is committed to discovering, cultivating, and celebrating diversity in its many forms throughout our community and seeks to foster an atmosphere of personal and cross-cultural curiosity.&&&


&As an academic institution, IDS embraces the diversity of learning styles.  &&We nurture exploration and understanding of identity through culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. &&&


&In this spirit, IDS is devoted to actively nurturing inclusive environments in which students will develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of this school and mindsets/skill sets preparing them for global citizenship and intercultural communication. &&&


&We dedicate ourselves to being a community in which all members are encouraged to express themselves, are given respect, and can clearly see their identities reflected and affirmed in the curriculum, co-curriculum and general school environment.&&&


&Adopted by The Independent Day School Board of Trustees&&&

&January 9, 2019&&