The Country Day community includes an exceptional network of parents who are an integral part of our school. They support our students through the generosity of their time and resources, and help strengthen student programs, build community, and provide additional support through fundraising. In addition, we believe in cultivating a community of life-long learners, including parents.
Throughout the school year, we invited nationally-acclaimed guest experts to campus to speak on timely and relevant parenting topics and offer a wide range of parent workshops and community book discussions. In addition, the Parents' Association sponsors regular grade-level and divisional education meetings to help parents with various developmental stages and challenges that arise when parenting. School divisions and the College Counseling and Athletics departments also host relevant topic discussions. See a list of acclaimed guest speakers we've welcomed in the past and community book discussions we've led.
Every year, hundreds of parents volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time for the benefit of our students and teachers. The impact of our volunteers’ contributions is immeasurable and greatly appreciated. There are many opportunities to volunteer and get involved at Country Day for both working and non-working parents.
Parent Support Groups
Parent support groups allow parents to connect with our school community in a variety of ways and support our students through the generosity of their time and resources.
Founded in 1943, the Parents’ Association provides fellowship and friendship among Country Day families through hosting school-wide activities and fundraisers, like the annual Big Saturday carnival and bi-annual auction. Every Country Day parent is a member of the Parents’ Association. There are many opportunities available to get involved with the PA, some positions requiring just a few hours, while other roles are more involved such as serving on a board.
The Boosters Club was founded in 1977 to encourage and supports strong interscholastic athletic and physical education programs at Country Day. Each year parents volunteer their time and expertise to support our athletes through a variety of fundraising, spirit-promotion, and community-building activities, like the golf outing, spirit nights for each division, and merchandise and concessions. Learn more about the Boosters.
People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS), a committee of the National Association of Independent Schools, was established in 1998. POCIS supports students, faculty, administrators, and parents who believe that diversity and multiculturalism are endemic to quality education for all. POCIS is a forum that promotes dialogue about diverse cultures, languages, knowledge, and insights of people of color to contribute to creating an inclusive and affirming institution. Learn more about POCIS.
The Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is dedicated to supporting Country Day’s fine arts program in all divisions by recruiting and inspiring volunteers to help at school exhibitions, concerts, productions, and other arts events. Learn more about FOTA.
Parent-Led Activities/Events at Country Day
Annual Holiday Breakfast
Back-to-School Lemonade Party
Big Saturday Carnival
Fine Arts Open House
Lower School Family Picnic
POCIS Back-to-School Family Picnic
Teachers/Coaches Appreciation activities
Used Textbook Sale
Volunteers connect with all members of the Country Day community to encourage broad-based support for the school’s top giving priority—the Country Day Fund. Through their leadership, ideas, and personal outreach efforts, Country Day Fund volunteers help to ensure the success of each campaign in fulfilling the school’s annual budgetary needs. Learn more about volunteering for the Country Day Fund.
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