At Detroit Country Day School, we cultivate leaders.
With combined guidance from faculty, staff and parents working together, we ensure our students have limitless possibilities. For it is through increased confidence, greater personal responsibility and nurtured independence, that students will rise to the occasion and become true leaders.
At the Lower School, we hold the development of self-esteem in high regard and encourage students to be creative, responsible and independent thinkers.
Because we are focused on nurturing the whole child, we provide our students with opportunities to not only flourish in their academic studies but to also participate in activities that expand and advance their leadership abilities: Each morning, one student from each class is selected to lead their classmates in the Pledge of Allegiance; another student from each class is selected to lead the school’s Fight Song; and, each month, a student is assigned to gather the morning collections from each classroom. Each month, our teachers select a specific character trait for study where each student is asked to create an individual performance that embodies that trait.
Students at the Junior School are encouraged to become more inquisitive about their surroundings and environment, while gaining confidence, developing greater personal responsibility, and exploring their independence.
Students are given numerous opportunities to take on leadership roles within the classroom and through extracurricular activities. The Junior School House Program plays a significant role in advancing students’ leadership abilities. The House Program is completely run by the students and allows fifth graders to serve as House captains and co-captains, leading their peers through service projects within the school and community.
Within a dignified and supportive setting, the Middle School facilitates a spirit of achievement and promotes not only the academic, artistic, ethical, character and physical development of all students but also the enhancement of their leadership abilities, encouraging them to pursue excellence in their lives, careers, families, and communities.
The departmentalized curriculum at the Middle School is enhanced through interdisciplinary units and offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of personal interests through the many leadership opportunities available, including: Class Board, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, President/Secretary Positions in Band, Choir, Orchestra, Captains of the Middle School athletic teams, Community Leadership Club, Global Leadership Club, Leadership Academy (Summer Program), Gr. 8 Video Production Club, Heart and Ksoll Community Service Award, Lisa Knaup Memorial Friendship Award, Graduation Speakers, Washington D.C. Speakers, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Wreath Laying Ceremony Participants, Patriot Week Participants.
At the Upper School, we stress the extension of the educational process beyond academics with the supplement of leadership activities that encourage students to further develop their moral responsibilities and self-discipline.
Within a nurturing environment, students are encouraged to participate in leadership activities that will provide them with the proper skills to handle meaningful responsibility. We believe that total involvement leads to the complete realization of every student’s potential. At the Upper School, leadership opportunities available include participation on any one of the following: Disciplinary Review Board, Honor Council, Class Board, Student Council.