Dedham Country Day School

  • Dedham Country Day School believes that balance matters - in learning and life.
  • DCD combines academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation.
  • Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts, athletics, and service-learning create a program that is balanced and whole. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger.
  • At DCD, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence.
  • For over 115 years, DCD has been welcoming young children, passionate teachers, and committed families to its pre-kindergarten through grade 8 learning community.
  • Visit us on our 17-acre campus, just minutes from Route 128 in Dedham.

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Dedham Country Day School places among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1903

Student Body

Total Students290 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Dedham Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No jeans or sweatpants )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$34,279
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $25,850 for Pre-Kindergarten to $43,250 for middle school grades. Please visit our website for tuitions by grade.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorEmilie Liebhoff
Admissions AssociateDeb White
Endowment Size$10 million


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Flag FootballIce Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
After School Drama, Private Music Program

School Notes

  • At DCD, we believe that balance matters-in learning and life. We combine academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts and athletics create a program that is balanced and whole. Here, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. Acceptance is a given, and children find encouragement in every connection they make. It`s a community that nurtures, nudges, and gives. That`s how we grow "whole" children-and, ultimately, adults who will thrive with the intellectual and emotional capacity to contribute to their world and enjoy meaningful lives. Visit us, and you`ll get a sense of how our students learn to think creatively and critically. You`ll see that from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, kids are being kids-and being themselves. You`ll witness them tackling hands-on projects, collaborating, taking risks, solving problems-and, most of all, enjoying their experience. Explore DCD through our admissions events and a personal tour. Our 17-acre campus is just minutes from Route 128 in Dedham and offers children a wonderful space for outdoor learning, play, and athletic competition.  Open House: October 27; Classroom Observations: October 11 and November 13. Please visit our website for admissions event details or email with any questions.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Milton
    Grades: K-12 | 1020 students
    6 miles
    170 Centre Street
    Milton, MA 02186
    (617) 898-1798
    6 K-12
  • Brookline
    Grades: PK-8 | 535 students
    5.9 miles
    171 Goddard Avenue
    Brookline, MA 02445
    (617) 277-2456
    5.9 PK-8
  • Chestnut Hill
    Grades: 6-12 | 490 students
    5.9 miles
    791 Hammond St
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    (617) 738-2700
    5.9 6-12
  • Milton
    Grades: PK-8 | 134 students
    4.2 miles
    564 Blue Hill Avenue
    Milton, MA 02186
    (617) 333-9610
    4.2 PK-8
  • Milton
    Thacher Montessori School
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    Montessori School
    Grades: NS-8 | 210 students
    3.6 miles
    1425 Blue Hill Ave
    Milton, MA 02186
    (617) 361-2522
    3.6 NS-8

School Reviews

Our children started at DCD in 2007 in grades 4, 2 and Pre-K. From our first visit as prospective parents, we felt the special sense of community and connectedness that is a hallmark of the school. Teachers and students alike were engaging, happy and completely immersed in the school day. While at DCD, my children developed into engaged learners, well-rounded athletes, skilled artists (we have a musician, an actress, and a visual artist), strong self-advocates, and confident young adults. They were incredibly well prepared for high school, and two have gone on to successful college experiences with the life skills that began at DCD.
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