Mission, Philosophy and Diversity Statements

Fax mentis et cordis incendium gloriae.
The spark that kindles the mind and heart illuminates a lifetime.

The mission of Lancaster Country Day School is to encourage each student's growth within a challenging and supportive academic environment that inspires enthusiasm for learning, the joy of accomplishment, and commitment to community. LCDS fosters the individual's thinking skills, physical and emotional well-being, and creative expression with an emphasis on personal integrity, mutual respect, and social responsibility.

Deeply committed to the intellectual, creative, physical, and emotional growth of its students, Lancaster Country Day School seeks to provide a rigorous, college preparatory academic program within a supportive environment, resulting in a community of globally-conscious, lifelong learners. Challenging students to look at the world in new ways, LCDS has high academic and behavioral expectations of its students while providing extensive support to achieve those standards. Through close relationships among students and adults, the School encourages personal growth and trust, thereby fostering confident, articulate, and thoughtful individuals who can successfully interpret a complex and rapidly changing world. As a coeducational, independent school "under one roof" for students from preschool through twelfth grade, LCDS encourages close interaction among people of diverse backgrounds, striving to reflect the world as it truly exists. Respect for self, concern for others, commitment to community, and stewardship of the environment are hallmarks of a Lancaster Country Day School education. In addition to setting high expectations for academic excellence, the School urges both students and adults to seek balance in fulfilling their many obligations while maintaining a strong commitment to their own physical and emotional health.
January 10, 2011, The Board of Trustees

At Lancaster Country Day School, we view the diversity of backgrounds, identities and perspectives within our community as a source of collective strength.  In pursuit of our central mission to develop thinking individuals who engage the world meaningfully, diversity allows us to develop among our students both social and global awareness, moral responsibility, and an appreciation of differences. Correspondingly, we value every student, parent, and staff member regardless of race, religion, gender or beliefs as an integral part of our community.
May 9, 2011, The Board of Trustees

An independent, college-preparatory school founded in 1908, Lancaster Country Day School combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive and encouraging faculty to ensure that every preschool-12th grade student receives the best education available. In addition to Lancaster, students come from Hershey, York and Reading to become part of our vibrant, high-spirited community.

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725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 392-2916