Admissions

Why LCDS?

For more than 100 years, Lancaster Country Day has prepared students for college and beyond by combining a rigorous education with a nurturing environment that fosters critical thinking, rewards intellectual curiosity and encourages experimentation and personal growth.



The journey begins with exceptional faculty and an 8:1 student-teacher ratio. Small class sizes allow teachers to devote more time to each student and create a meaningful academic experience while focusing on our core values of respect, responsibility and honesty.  
 

Educating for the Future

Beginning in first grade and continuing through graduation, students use computer science and coding as a springboard to complement, enrich and enhance our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum. Our program is designed to teach computational reasoning and logical thought. Interested Middle and Upper School students are encouraged to join and compete on the school’s Robotics teams, where students work through design challenges to build, program, maintain, and operate an autonomous vehicle. Our progressive technology curriculum teaches creative, algorithmic problem solving skills with an emphasis on collaboration, which encourages our students to become enterprising thinkers and leaders. Complementing our traditional college preparatory curriculum are vibrant arts and music programs taught by professional artists whose classes include theater, fine arts, dance, music, photography and more. Just as rich is Country Day’s athletics program, whose competitive team opportunities begin in Lower School and include 25 boys and girls varsity teams that play in the PIAA’s Lancaster-Lebanon League. Our new state-of-the-art athletics facility is a 25,000-square-foot affirmation of our commitment to health, wellness, camaraderie, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.

Encouraging a Global Perspective

At Country Day, our goal is to challenge and inspire all students to achieve their full potential. A rigorous academic college preparatory curriculum, including a focus on community service and environmental stewardship, prepares our graduates to understand and affect our increasingly interconnected world. Foreign language instruction begins in Lower School, offering students both Spanish and Chinese. In eighth-twelfth grade, students participate in travel courses, international service, studies abroad, or cultural exchanges, expanding their cultural literacy and global knowledge. The goal of our robust Global Education Program is to provide students the skills needed to collaborate, work and succeed in a world that is culturally diverse, as well as politically and economically interdependent.

Nurturing the Individual

Throughout their years at Country Day, students are supported by a skilled and dedicated faculty who identify each student’s strengths, and foster their interests both inside and outside the classroom. Students are active participants in their education, which is vividly illustrated at the Harkness Tables in our Middle and Upper School classrooms. The Harkness approach encourages active learning, strengthens public speaking skills, and allows students to find confidence in their own voice and beliefs. Using this Harkness method, each student contributes to a discussion which the teacher gently guides rather than leads. The result is a vibrant and inclusive approach to learning that exemplifies the core values of a Country Day education.
We encourage you to explore what makes Country Day the best option for your student.

Meet Our Team

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Lancaster Country Day School is a preschool-12th grade, coed college preparatory school with students from Lancaster, Hershey, York and Reading.