Dedham Country Day School

90 Sandy Valley Road
Dedham, MA 02026-0202
Tel: (781)329-0850
Grades: PK-8 | 267 students
DCD Middle School
DCD Middle School
DCD, founded in 1903, is an independent day school for boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight.
The broad range of educational activities--academics, arts, and athletics--is carefully balanced to ensure that each child will explore the fullest possible range of his or her potential.
Risk-taking and occasional failure are valued as much as success; at DCD children learn by doing.
The school's developmentally based approach assures that challenges and experiences will be age-appropriate, meeting children where they are and guiding them towards new discoveries about their individual capacities and gifts.
The school's motto, Learning Is a Way of Life, reflects a collective commitment to helping children become creative, independent learners.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1903

Student Body

Total Students 267 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Dedham Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition varies by grade as follows: Pre-K: $21,220 K: $24,000 1-3: $26,240 4-5: $29,920 6-8: $33,650 Grades 1-3: $22,990 Grades 4 & 5: $25,965 Grades 6-8: $29,625
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $20,230
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Ellen Tretter
Admissions Associate Deb White


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, SoftballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 1 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Private Music Program Private Music Program,

School Notes:

  • Dedham Country Day School
  • Provides to each child a unique educational balance of challenging academics, arts, and athletics;
  • Embraces an inclusive, interdependent community of students, teachers, and parents that fosters trust and encourages children to take risks;
  • Creates independent, resilient, lifelong learners through engaging, developmentally-based teaching designed to meet varied learning styles;
  • Inspires students to become caring, ethical members of the larger world by emphasizing thoughtful citizenship and respect for self and others.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Ursuline Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Ursuline Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Kids Place At The Vna (0.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Dedham
    Ursuline Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 7-12 | 432 students
    0.3 miles
    85 Lowder St
    Dedham, MA 02026
  • Dedham
    Kids Place At The Vna
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 28 students
    0.6 miles
    1100 High Street
    Dedham, MA 02026
  • Westwood
    Grades: NS-PK | 35 students
    1.4 miles
    200 Providence Highway
    Westwood, MA 02090
  • Dedham
    Grades: 7-12 | 613 students
    1.5 miles
    10 Campus Drive
    Dedham, MA 02026
  • Dedham
    Grades: K-8 | 309 students
    2 miles
    8000 Great Meadow Road
    Dedham, MA 02026

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