Welcome to the Lower School
Many of the most consequential skills in education are learned in the earliest years of school. Language, memory, imagination, empathy, and a positive attitude toward learning are all potentially Lower School achievements. Each provides academic and social advantages that are lifelong and immeasurable.
Greenwich Country Day School is a place where boys and girls play and explore together and learn from each other. Our faculty know and appreciate the uniqueness of each child in their care, and they create a learning environment that provides a balance of challenge and support for each.
Our mission is to enable students to discover and develop what is finest in themselves, and, in doing so, learn to believe in themselves.
The Country Day faculty and I are ever-mindful of the pace of change and of our responsibility to prepare our students for adult roles that will be different in ways that we cannot currently imagine.
We believe that the primary purpose of the first six years of school is not merely to impart knowledge, but rather to cultivate habits. Neuroscience has shown us that habits are default behaviors in the brain. Every time a child chooses to be responsible, resourceful, inventive, brave—or generous, kind or forgiving—that choice increases the likelihood of that behavior being repeated in the future. Habits are intellectual and social decisions that have become natural, reliable responses.
Our highest goal as teachers is to help children develop worthy habits of the mind and habits of the heart.
I am honored to be part of a learning environment with such joy and purpose. The commitment of the entire Country Day community to our mission is inspiring, and I invite you to explore our website as a taste of the remarkable school we are.
Andrew Niblock, Head of Lower School