GCDS FIRST: The Campaign for Tradition and Innovation focuses on three areas of impact.

• Middle School:

Alleviates critical issues of capacity and provides spaces ideally configured for innovative teaching, active learning, collaboration, and the development of new curricular initiatives.

• Faculty Housing:

Increases faculty residency to 80%, with significant impact on teacher recruitment and the school’s overall educational environment and sense of family and community.

• Endowment:

Provides financial flexibility and stability, with short- and long-term benefits in curriculum enhancement, faculty quality, financial aid, and tuition moderation.



The new Middle School facility honors our tradition of academic rigor, preserves our historic home-like aesthetic, and provides an ideal environment for innovative approaches to teaching and learning. A physical space can limit options or create possibilities. As Winston Churchill noted, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” The new Middle School will foster opportunities for exploration and experimentation to fulfill the wildest dreams of inventive teachers and eager students.

The new middle school facility was designed with such powerhouse skills as collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in mind.

Features of the project:

• Flexibly configured classrooms that enable both small-group breakout activities and direct teaching, and both lecture and lab work

• State-of-the-art STEAM lab for hands-on learning in such areas as creative design and robotics

• New art studio exclusively for Middle School student use

• Design plan that seamlessly integrates sustainability and innovation with the preservation of the original Warner house and the existing playground, sports field, and traffic patterns.

The new Middle School will have a transformative impact on teaching and learning at Country Day, while preserving and restoring a historic campus building that is fondly remembered by more than eight decades of GCDS graduates.



Country Day has always sought to hire the most creative and dedicated teachers, those who think of teaching not as a career but as a calling. Thanks to faculty housing, our teachers embrace Country Day not as a job but as a way of life. GCDS FIRST will fund the completion of additional faculty housing on the Schwarz property, which includes six new stand-alone homes and a courtyard apartment complex. Filling the current demand for housing, this project incorporates the design flexibility to accommodate future housing needs.


"Country Day is a destination school in the independent school world, one that attracts the very best teachers. Faculty housing can—and does—make a difference in securing these highly sought candidates." —Headmaster Adam Rohdie



GCDS FIRST’s critical endowment objectives include:

• Financial Aid—To support socio-economic diversity at Country Day and allow for tuition moderation even as costs rise.

• Excellence in Teaching—To fund professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as sabbaticals and other benefits that greatly impact the recruitment and retention of a talented faculty.

• Programs—To augment current programs and to create new initiatives in such areas as robotics and coding, student leadership, and international travel.


Tomorrow’s exigencies may be different from today’s, perhaps in ways we can’t yet imagine. A strong endowment enables Country Day to be proactive in exciting ways and reactive if need be.


Join us in the Campaign for Tradition and Innovation!