STEAM, one of York Country Day School’s signature programs, ignites curiosity and infuses dynamic learning experiences for all students. Students incorporate critical thinking and innovative strategies to identify solutions to complex questions. YCDS’s STEAM curriculum blends these academic realms, rather than dated traditional methods with a siloed approach to instruction, and partners this robust curriculum … Continue reading Lower School STEAM is Extraordinary by Design
Written by: Kristen Spangler Imagine that you are in attendance at a twenty-year high school reunion. Gathered around the punchbowl are some former classmates, each of whom is engaged in a discussion about their most memorable assignment. One after another waxes poetically about the soda volcano in science, the diorama of Gettysburg in American history … Continue reading Imagine Enjoying Writing
Each day, the faculty at York Country Day School forms authentic and powerful connections with their students as they stoke curiosity, encourage exploration, and advocate for students. WRITTEN BY: TIM STONESIFER "A great teacher can inspire students to become their best selves, both personally and academically,” says Head of School Christine Heine. “What our faculty … Continue reading York Country Day School teachers cherish a 'shared journey in education'
The school’s College Counseling program puts each YCDS student in charge of their unique college search, a system starting in Middle School in which expert faculty provide all the tools for a family to find that perfect fit. It also places students in real-time college classes. WRITTEN BY: TIM STONESIFER York Country Day School students … Continue reading College ambitions cultivated early at York Country Day School
Prioritizing students' social and emotional wellness is as important as the academic curriculum that is taught. Through the inclusion of Mindfulness, Responsive Classroom, Peer Mediation, Restorative Justice, and grade level sessions led by a dedicated counselor, YCDS is taking part in conversations to address social and emotional skills.
Project-based learning (PBL) connects students with real-world problems to solve. These authentic learning opportunities provide a framework for students to fuse together multidisciplinary applications, collaboration, and design thinking to identify and propose solutions to challenges that professionals encounter in their daily work. PBL is one of many learning methods students experience in the York Country … Continue reading Authentic Learning Opportunities Through Project Based Experiences
York Country Day’s focus on wellness is about developing habits of mind. Written by: Anthony Machinski, Our York Media (Molly Wertz, York Country Day School's advisor for the peer mediation program, leads a group of students through a discussion. Wellness is one of York Country Day School's signature programs. (Photo by Paul Chaplin for Our … Continue reading York Country Day School Prepares Students to Choose a Joyful Life
The school cultivates an educational environment centered on mission, fueled by a dynamic culture, and complemented by signature programs, resulting in prepared, confident students who lead by example and with distinction. Written by: Anthony Machcinski, Our York Media (York Country Day School offers students something truly unique: an intellectual playground – a place where students … Continue reading At YCDS, Extraordinary is by Design
On March 9 and 10, York Country Day School theater director Ms, Paige Hoke officially premiers her new adaptation on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." For details about her show and her community theater work, visit here. During her last three years at York Country Day School, Ms. Hoke has led both the choral and … Continue reading Ms. Hoke premiers ‘Snow Queen’ Adaptation in York
By Jillian Giese, YCDS faculty member “The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.” ― Paul Dirac In August, advanced biology students were challenged to identify a scientific question or problem that was meaningful to them and then to investigate … Continue reading Celebrating scientific inquiry