Pre-K & Kindergarten
Beginning with a strong foundation
Step into one of our Primary School classrooms and you will hear the hum of happy students, and feel the energy of eager learners. Our experienced teachers believe in the development of the whole child, and carefully design lessons in which reading, math, language development, art, social studies, science, and multicultural education are joined. Using thematic, hands-on activities our Pre-K and Kindergarten students learn best and grow their understanding of the world around them through exploration, connection, and discovery.
And there is always a strong emphasis on friendship, cooperation, and kindness!
Primary School Highlights
What the DCD Community is SayingView All Testimonials
I cried after our first kindergarten conference. They really do know my child! They understood who he is, they got all of the nuances of his character which, you know, they are really going to build on. As a parent, it really feels good and is so reassuring. When your kid is sick and fakes being well so that he can go to school, you know he’s in the right place!
DCD welcomed her and us as members of the community, but always saw her as an individual. At DCD, we found exactly what we wanted for our daughter – academic challenge, the chance to develop as an individual, and a wonderful balance of music, arts, and athletics. It’s an experience where every child matters and gets just what she needs.
It’s the little moments of personal connection with the students, which happen throughout the day. Those are the most important to me as a teacher. Not only does it give the children the opportunity to tell me what’s on their minds, but it also helps me in assessing the student’s growth throughout the school year.
Meet the Primary School Team
Diane Carter Duggan
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Reading Specialist
Mary Ellen Maloney
Head of Primary School
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Extended Day Teacher & Assistant Director - Upper Camp