DCD At A Glance
Ready for Learning:
Structured for Childhood
DCD is a child-centric place! While our program instills in students the capabilities they need to succeed in secondary school and the world beyond, at DCD the period from 4-year-old child to 14-year-old adolescent is a joyful progression that is worthy of focus and celebration in its own rite. Both journey and destination matter at DCD. Our pre-K to grade 8 model ensures that children have the time and space to master the tasks critical to each developmental stage and each grade level, laying the foundation for what lies ahead. We have built our core pillars of Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Service Learning to create a program that not only challenges students academically but fosters their ability to manage relationships, think innovatively, and fuel their own health and well-being in purposeful learning.
Ready for Thriving:
Just the Right Size
We are small enough so every child is known and loved in an intimate learning environment but mighty enough with resources and space for students to become balanced and strong academically, socially, and emotionally. Our physical space and our faculty resources offer children the breadth and depth they need to thrive.
- 17-acre campus
- 310 students
- 14 sports teams
- 45 arts electives
- 12,000 volumes in our library
Ready to Embrace:
An Inclusive Community
DCD welcomes a vibrant and diverse group of students and their families from over 32 different towns and surrounding communities with the highest concentration coming from Boston, Dedham, Dover, Milton, Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Walpole, and Westwood.
- 118+ years committed to children and families
- 32% of our student body are students of color
- 34 service-learning projects per year
- 24% of DCD students receive financial aid
Ready for What’s Next:
Secondary School Process
Whether a student chooses to pursue an independent secondary school education or attend the public school in their own town, DCD graduates are prepared for what comes next! By the time they reach their secondary school search in 8th grade, their teachers and coaches have helped them to grow their passions and interests, their advisors know and encourage them, and they understand themselves, so the process of finding a match for their next school is a comfortable one. DCD’s Secondary School Counseling Program ensures that the next step in each student’s educational journey is with a school that best matches their individual academic skills, needs, and extracurricular interests.
- 100% of 8th-grade students receive admission to one of their choice schools. View a list of recent matriculations
- 100% of DCD’s faculty engage in professional development
- 2,083 alumni
- DCD graduates go on to play varsity-level sports and take on leadership roles in their next school communities
DCD is proud to offer an educational experience that:
Provides to each child a unique educational balance of challenging academics, arts, and athletics;
Embraces an inclusive interdependent community of students, teachers, and parents that fosters trust and encourages children to take risks;
Creates independent, resilient, lifelong learners through engaging, developmentally based teaching designed to meet varied learning styles; and
Inspires students to become caring, ethical members of the larger world by emphasizing thoughtful citizenship and respect for self and others.
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At DCD, we define diversity as an umbrella term that includes race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, social and economic class, physical and learning differences, and religion, as well as other characteristics that contribute to each individual’s full identity.
We strive to provide a multicultural education, which celebrates the diversity of our community and the larger world. At DCD, respect permeates all aspects of school life. We want children to learn to understand and value multiple perspectives, identify and reject stereotypes and prejudices, and work for equity and justice. Dedham Country Day is strongly committed to ensuring a sense of community in which every member is safe, valued, and treated with dignity. We believe that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances learning and enriches life.