International Students at LCDS

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Information for International Students

    • Moving from one culture to another always involves change, from food and fashions, to study and sports. We hope to make the transition as smooth as possible, and encourage students and parents to contact us with any questions.
    • International students at Lancaster Country Day School will find that their teachers, advisors, and coaches will be there to help them navigate their new school. We are proud of the broad range of nationalities and cultures in our student body and we look forward to helping you become a part of our community.
  • Applying to Lancaster Country Day School from China

    • For all Chinese candidates, we have an arrangement with two consulting firms; The Cambridge Network and the Ivy International Group to help families with the process. While our admission office makes decisions about every applicant, Cambridge and Ivy represent LCDS in China and as such, collects and processes all applications from China until they are completely ready for us to review.
    • If you want to proceed with completing an application, please contact our Cambridge Representative or or our Ivy Representative to make an inquiry with either firm. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • LCDS - An Institution with History and Tradition

    • Lancaster Country Day School traces its roots to 1908. In 1943, Lancaster Country Day School was created as a blend of students from the Franklin and Marshall Academy for Boys, and the Shippen School - a girls school. Trustees arranged to relocate from downtown Lancaster to a more spacious area, one that would typify the philosophical purpose and character of a country day school. Land was purchased and in 1949, the doors were opened at our current location west of the city center.
  • Why Lancaster?

    • The Lancaster area is a highly popular vacation destination. The region is charming. Home to Franklin & Marshall College, a selective liberal arts college, the city of Lancaster has a rich history. Capital of the US for a day during the Revolutionary War, Lancaster was also home to celebrated anti-slavery leaders in the years leading up to the US Civil War.
    • Philadelphia, just 50 minutes away by train, is one of America's most historically significant cities. The Capital of the US during the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania, four major league sports teams, two of the nation's best known and best endowed museums, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and many extraordinary cultural opportunities.
    • An equally short trip south would bring students to the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Also a deeply significant city historically and culturally, Baltimore has a highly popular Inner Harbor and many charming downtown districts. The city is home to the National Aquarium, Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery and two major league sports teams.
  • An Inviting and Engaged Community

    • Lancaster Country Day School aspires to be a microcosm of the larger world. With a broad range of courses, extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports, LCDS offers the chance to live, study and play with students from a range of backgrounds. We want different cultures, languages and religions to influence daily life at our school.
    • Lancaster Country Day seeks to engage with the broader world, inviting celebrated speakers into our school to share their insights and perspectives.
    • LCDS students are encouraged to reach out as well. We annually send 18 students enrolled in our Model United Nations class to The Hague, Netherlands  or Doha, Qatar to participate in THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) conference. Lancaster Country Day School is one of only ten US schools to annually participate in this event, a wonderful way for our students to make connections between what they study in the classroom and how it relates to the world around them. In addition, we have many classes in which students travel abroad, to London to study Shakespeare, to Hawaii to study geology and marine biology and to Spain and France to study Spanish and French culture.
    • During Spring Break 2018, over sixty students MS through US traveled to three different countries with LCDS teachers to study various topics from Science of Hawaii, Spanish immersion at our global partner school, Colegio Virgen de Europa in Madrid, Spain, to Shakespeare’s London and to visit our global partner school Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow, Scotland.  Students also have the opportunity to apply to participate in academic and cultural exchanges in Madrid, Spain, Shanghai, China and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Successful International Students - A Personal Story

    • Last year, one of our international students, Stefan Michev, came to LCDS from Sofia. Bulgaria for his junior year of high school. He came to our school through the ASSIST program (see Stefan had a wonderful year at LCDS. He joined our theatre company participating in several productions and taking a course on Directing,  participated very successfully in the Chemistry olympiad finishing 3rd in the state and he excelled in the classroom.
    • At an assembly for our Upper School students and faculty at the end of that year, Stefan gave a wonderful presentation of his life back home and of the relationships he built here in the U.S. He gave a very moving "Thank You" speech at the end of his presentation. As it is for so many of our international students, we all knew this year had been very special to him.
  • Summer Preparation

    • To help students transition academically, LCDS provides an Upper School wide Summer Reading list which has all students grade 9-12 reading from a list of texts focusing on a central theme. At the start of the year, students will engage in class and advisory time discussion of the books.

Living in Lancaster

Our International Team

List of 3 members.

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.

Lancaster Country Day School © 2013

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