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Welcome to Country Day

Cincinnati Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory, private school in Indian Hill, Ohio serving students from 18 months through 18 years. Since 1926, we have been focused on providing innovative preparation to our students, so they are ready to achieve success in college and life.

Knowing the Whole Child

“World-class faculty and small class sizes allow for personalized attention that creates lifelong learners who are known and nurtured throughout their Country Day journey. The hallmark of a Country Day education has always been the journey of academic and personal self-discovery, where students find the best versions of themselves and flourish in ways they did not think possible.” Rob Zimmerman '98
Head of School

Lower School
Lower School

18 months - Grade 4

Middle School

Grades 5 - 8

Upper School
Upper School students

Grades 9 - 12

Nurturing the Possibilities

We do everything we can to ensure that we continue to attract, retain, and develop outstanding educators, prioritize learning and teaching innovation, and sustain a diverse and inclusive learning community.

Building Relationships One Good Book at a Time

Lower School librarian Amy Thonnerieux has been instructing students, collecting books, and sharing her love of reading with Country Day students for 15 years now. Read More

Taking on New Challenges

Middle School science teacher Nate Johnston has been teaching at Country Day for 18 years, but he has a new role this year.  Read More

Filling in the Blanks with Jen Faber

This year, we welcomed 24 new faculty and staff members to campus. We sat down with one of these new faculty members, Upper School history teacher Jen Faber, to get to know her a little better…fill-in-the-blank style. Read More.

A True Teacher from the Very Beginning

"I started teaching in 1995 at the age of six in the playroom of my basement, I've always wanted to be a teacher," said middle school teacher Emily DiMatteo. Read More

Positively the Best

Hired as a long-term substitute teacher over a decade ago, Jennifer Hoffman is in her second year of teaching kindergarten. With experience, she brings incredible perspective and positivity to the classroom. Read More

Beyond the Bucket Hat

Tom Powers wears a lot of hats on the Country Day campus. From calling track meets, to mowing the lawns to coaching middle school football and even becoming the self-proclaimed "Country Day Athletics Historian."  Read More.

The Down-Low on Lo-Po

Lois Poe Rust is Country Day’s Jill-of-all-trades. In her 41 years as a member of the Country Day community, she's been a parent, a teacher, an event coordinator, and always the life of any Country Day gathering. Read More

Inspiring Their Future

“I love that Country Day continues to help students discover who they are and how they can become forces for good as future generations of dreamers and doers.”Sarah Herrlinger '90
2021 Distinguished Alumna & Apple's senior director of global accessibility policy and initiatives

Program Spotlights

Our camps are filled with creative and fun opportunities that promote growth, encourage discovery, and instill a strong sense of self for children ages 18 months through entering grade 8. Our campus boasts indoor and outdoor learning spaces that promote exploration, collaboration, and endless possibilities to boost children’s growth and development.

CCDX is an experiential learning week, an outgrowth of Country Day Forward, the school’s long-range plan that has launched several initiatives aimed at enriching our students’ learning. From building and launching rockets to hosting a Naturalization Ceremony or participating in a "Law and Order" courtroom trial, students learn a plethora of new skills during CCDX week. For months, teachers in all divisions worked hard to develop a variety of classes and project across all disciplines. Both students and faculty are engaged in innovative learning and teaching programming - a hallmark of a Country Day education. 

Country Day’s global engagement initiative focuses on curricular and co-curricular learning, promoting a global mindset, and expanding international travel and exchange programs. Nearly 10 percent of our students are international or have international experience. Our global initiatives provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and empathy for people and cultures that may be different than their own.

Service learning means using our education to make a difference in our community—at school, in the surrounding area, and around the world. We strive to provide service to people, animals, and the environment, and hope to foster a spirit of respect and willingness to serve. In the lower divisions, we learn about the issues needing student service, then help our students understand how that knowledge can be employed to ameliorate the problem.

Latest News

Jourdan Jones Receives Country Day Award

Upper School faculty, staff, family members, and student body celebrated 38 student recognitions during the Upper School award ceremony.

It was time well spent in reflection and celebration, as Jenn Weinheimer, head of Upper School, encouraged all the students to consider their efforts.

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Best in Class 2023

With war devastating Ukraine and school shootings all too common, we would all be wise to avoid military analogies when it comes to education. But the so-called “reading wars” continue to generate controversy among educators and parents regarding the best ways to teach early literacy. What is at stake in this long-running dispute, and how should schools respond?

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Head of School Rob Zimmerman 2021

When Cincinnati Country Day School was founded in 1926, its founders – many with familiar Indian Hill family names like Black, Chatfield, Emery, Fleischmann, and Rowe – sought to provide an elite boarding school-level education at an “all day” school where “afternoons…will be devoted to outdoor play and sports.” While much has changed over the intervening 97 years...something that has not changed is Country Day’s appreciation of the value of sports to a well-rounded education.

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Head of School Rob Zimmerman 2021

Kids are underrated. If you don’t believe me, just ask them...my favorite student interactions are when I put them on the spot to think with intentionality. Every month I set up a table next to the dining terrace and write a provocative argument on an easel – for example, “school should be year-round” or “our dress code should return to full uniforms.” I then invite students to change my mind.

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Diversity Conference Speakers and Organizers

On March 3, Cincinnati Country Day School held its 6th annual Diversity Conference for Upper School students. Upper School students participated in a full day of learning that included keynote speakers, conference sessions, and the award-winning documentary film Crip Camp. The conference breakout sessions covered a wide variety of topics that celebrate backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of Country Day students and beyond.

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Fast Facts

167

New students for the school year

21%

Class of 2022 recognized by National Merit or other national recognition programs

20

Countries represented in our student body

248

Parents, grandparents, and special guests attended the lower school Halloween parade

320

Marshmallows roasted during the freshman s'mores party

7,487

Views of the Instagram video regarding the girls soccer team winning state.

163

Middle School students participating in outdoor wellness classes

1,225

Service hours performed Upper School students on community service day