The Independent Day School

For over 50 years The Independent Day School has defined educational excellence and dynamism in the greater Hartford and New Haven area.
At IDS, robust academics, personalized instruction and an emphasis on fearless learning come into confluence to create an environment where curiosity thrives, creativity abounds and anything is possible.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Year Founded 1961

Student Body

Total Students 157 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade The Independent Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 11 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Neat and clean)

Finances and Admission

% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $9,400
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Charlie Mugford


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Ultimate FrisbeeBasketballCross Country,
Mountain BikingRock Climbing,
SoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Dance, Debate Club, Drama, Interact Club- A Social Service Club, Music, Student Government, Student Newspaper Band, Dance, Debate Club, Drama, Music, Interact Club- A Social Service Club,
Student Government,
Student Newspaper,

School Notes

  • At IDS classrooms are intentionally small and our current enrollment stands at 155. Lower School classrooms typically have a dozen or more students; when their enrollment grows to 16, a second teacher joins the class. Each grade in Middle School includes about 20 students and class sections range in size to meet student needs and pursue curricular opportunities. While students learn and collaborate across grade levels, our modest size ensures that each student is known and engaged by a team of caring and capable teachers. Whether you are three or thirteen, the personal scale of our school permits us to know each other as we learn and grow together. Childhood is our Center of Gravity At IDS no one rushes childhood. When we gather as a whole for All School Meetings, or when we play together during Autumn Games or on Field Day, our youngest and oldest students connect in community. Our youngest children raise their voices and make announcements to the entire school and our oldest students still joyfully play on swings and monkey bars. Time honored values of empathy, compassion, and respect have guided our school throughout our history and these live in the daily choices and behaviors students experience at every grade level. Our Lower School students are eager to see their older counterparts and our middle schoolers feel a healthy, genuine sense of responsibility for their younger friends. IDS parents appreciate the gift of time that their children enjoy; students take pleasure in our playgrounds, and their childhoods, while they are being challenged to deepen their knowledge and skills. Because they are not distracted by the choices and behavior facing older students, our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are free to lead our student community. They are free to refine their voices as they explore their interests, gain confidence, and build their skills. As they prepare for matriculation at some of the country's most competitive and demanding high schools, they can hold onto a youthful sense of play. Experience Activates Learning At IDS children learn from experience. Students learn through classroom communities, grade level collaborations and school-wide community activities. They participate in all kinds of learning and they discover that their own experiences - whether in a classroom, in band, on an athletic team or on stage in a grade level play production are powerful teachers. Visitors to the school are delighted at the breadth of the IDS experience. From Kindergarten through 5th grade, every student performs in a grade play. Every 4th grader learns to read music and play an instrument. All of our children play hard and have fun while building basic physical skill development in our Physical Education program. Our students take Spanish and Art and as they learn individually and through teamwork, their playfulness and curiosity fuels their learning and growth to build their abilities. Middle School students take one or more classes in Music, Drama and Art. The impressive breadth of our program engages children's interests and activates their sense of play and creativity. A distinctive value of the IDS program is that students are taking up multiple opportunities to learn who they are as learners and how to collaborate to listen, communicate, and problem-solve with other students and teachers. At IDS we insist students participate in a great breadth of experiences and while they play, explore and investigate the worlds of history, mathematics, science, language and culture, sports, music, art and drama we help them to deepen the skills they need to succeed as students and to succeed in life. Everyday they venture into new experiences and everyday their teachers and classmates support and challenge them to use and hone their skills as learners.
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