Independent Day School Blog

Searching for the Perfect Independent Private School? These Resources Can Help

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Apr 22, 2016 3:06:35 PM

Finding the right private school for your child can be a daunting endeavor. There are more than 200 private / independent schools in Connecticut, each with its own history, philosophy, course offerings, campus resources, and educational goals.

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Making the Jump: The Transition from Home School to School

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Mar 24, 2016 9:48:21 AM

Parents who choose to homeschool take on that role thoughtfully and intentionally. When you are ready to try school, you want to make the transition smooth and easy. Here are some tips gathered from parents at The Independent Day School who have made the jump:

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Topics: About IDS

Mindfulness: Training the Brain

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Mar 15, 2016 9:47:40 AM

Stillness in a classroom is an unusual state unless you’re in Ms. Dorsey’s third grade mindfulness training workshop. Gone are the clatter of chairs and the steady hum of students working in teams. Instead, each student sits calmly in their seat with their hands on their lap.

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Topics: About IDS

Early Start Foreign Language Classes Accent Problem Solving Skills

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Mar 10, 2016 10:32:34 AM

¿Dónde están las legumbres y las frutas?

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Topics: About IDS

Debunking Travel Time Concerns

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Mar 2, 2016 3:12:07 PM

Nowadays, there a few and far between students that walk to school. Many of our children have joined the ranks of commuters. Students from The Independent Day School hail from over 27 towns in Connecticut. Over 45% of our families travel eleven or more miles to school each day, some sharing car pool responsibilities.

Located in the aptly named town of Middlefield, IDS is nestled on 33 acres of velvety, rolling hills. It's bucolic setting belies, the school's access to major highways - 10 minutes from I-91, a stone's throw from Route 17 and 25 minutes from the shoreline.

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Most Likely to Succeed: How We Are Preparing Students for their Future

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Feb 22, 2016 4:50:45 PM

Do you realize that our children are being educated in a school system designed in 1893? Today’s students – with enormous information and computing power in the palm of their hand -- are learning in the same way their great-great-great grandparents did before the invention of airplanes, aspirin, and ice cream cones.

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Topics: 21st Century Learning

Ranking Connecticut's Public Schools

Posted by Jessi Christiansen on Jan 19, 2016 1:31:18 PM

We are fortunate to live in a state with many successful public schools. One method of determining a school’s quality is by measuring how its students perform on the Smarter Balanced exams. In 2015, the first operational year of the new state assessments, the Smarter Balanced exams were administered to approximately 267,000 Connecticut public school students.

These exams, aligned to Common Core State Standards, assess students’ skills in English/Language Arts and Math. (The Smarter Balanced exams replaced the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMT) for grades 3-8 and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for grade 11.)

According to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, these tests “go beyond multiple choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.” 

For the full ranking of Connecticut school districts, click below

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Topics: Alternative to Public School

The Importance of Liberal Arts Education For Kids

Posted by Christine Foster on Dec 30, 2015 9:23:00 AM

Aren’t the minimizing stereotypes associated with school culture tiresome? There’s the fair- haired jock. The wallflower tech geek. The artsy drama student with the color tipped hair.

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Topics: Fearless Learning, About IDS