Chatham Day School (CDS) is a preschool through grade eight independent coeducational day school where bravery is encouraged and students are challenged to be their best selves. Students’ passions are followed, and class size rarely exceeds 12 students, giving teachers a unique opportunity to truly know their students and for classmates to form strong bonds. Innovative curriculum allows students to safely take risks and fully access all of their burgeoning interests.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Head of School David Buffum says CDS offers an academically ambitious environment and that the preschool–grade eight model allows students to be kids for longer, letting them explore who they are without the pull to grow up too fast.
Graduates leave the school with an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, a willingness to ask for help when it’s needed, and a newfound sense of independence. That’s due in a large part to CDS’s close-knit community.
“Our size allows for our students to be known for their individual interests and strengths,” says Buffum. “Our students aren’t just a number, they are truly known.”
A Mission-Driven Approach
When dealing with the pandemic, Buffum says that CDS was well-prepared to meet challenges faced by students, parents and teachers.
“We exceeded even our own expectations,” he says. “We proactively prepared and hit the ground running. Because of our personalized approach, our teachers were able to keep things relational and individualized even as classes moved online. Faculty hand-delivered learning packets to each family’s doorstep and school traditions, like the Talent Show and our PE Olympics Day, were carried out virtually to much applause.”
Buffum says he knows the situation is fluid, but that the current plan is to be open full-time for students this fall. “We’ll be able to keep most of the components of our program intact,” he says. “We have always had deliberately small classes and the campus is set on over 10 acres, so social distancing will be relatively easy, and outdoor space for learning is plentiful. In the evenings, we’ll keep our community engaged by continuing to host virtual events like Family Trivia and storybook read-alouds. These things set us apart.”
For families seeking an environment that recognizes the unique learner in each child and encourages ambition and bravery, CDS is the perfect choice.
700 Shunpike Rd., Chatham