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
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
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.
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.
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.
If you are interested in history then this CCDSpeaks event is for you! With host Nat Tracey-Miller `05, Upper School history teacher, author, and industry leader Dr. Jeremiah McCall will discuss his latest book, Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic. the ever-present fascination with ancient history and Romans, and teaching at Country Day.
On March 7, 2023, Cincinnati Country Day School held its 40th Cum Laude banquet. The Cum Laude banquet is an opportunity to celebrate students who have demonstrated a sustained record of academic excellence across their Country Day careers. Congratulations to the 14 Class of 2023 inductees.
As a Country Day lifer, Ethan has attended Country Day for 13 years and started his journey here in kindergarten. Read his seven tips derived from his experience moving from Lower School to Middle School to Upper School.
Rachel Felous `04 has always been destined to become an entrepreneur, but her path has not been linear, and that is quite alright.
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.
We are pleased to announce that Alpacino “Al” Beauchamp has been named the our director of academic affairs. Beauchamp will work directly with Head of School Rob Zimmerman `98 to lead the school’s academic program. As director of academic affairs, Beauchamp is charged with advancing a culture of innovative teaching and learning, providing faculty with meaningful professional growth opportunities, and further differentiating the school’s program to promote the highest standards of academic excellence.
Peter Dayton `08 and Dr. Jordi Alonso `10 did not spend much time together at Country Day, but now they have kindled a friendship through music, poetry, philosophy, and creative collaboration.
Hired as a long-term substitute teacher over a decade ago, Jennifer Hoffman is in her second year of teaching kindergarten.
The Middle School MathCounts team has qualified for the state tournament after a great showing in the Cincinnati chapter competition on Saturday, February 4.
When Xanni Brown `10 walked onto Harvard's campus her first year, she had one goal: to play soccer, just as she had done at Country Day. But, by the time she graduated, she had not just played soccer; instead, she had become a rugby powerhouse.
In alignment with one of the school’s guiding principles to welcome the diverse experiences and viewpoints of all individuals, students learned about various cultures and traditions throughout Multicultural Week.
On Saturday, January 21, the Science Olympiad team competed in the Ohio State Invitational and placed 10th out of 36 teams, with top 10 and top six placement showings in individual events. The school had two teams compete.
Much has changed in education over the last 30 years, from the ever-increasing role of technology in the classroom to a renewed focus on vital noncognitive skills such as communication and collaboration. But among the most exciting developments for schools have been new discoveries around the science of learning. Fields including neuroscience and psychology have offered new insights into how students learn, shattering some longstanding myths along the way.
The Class of 1987 raised money in dedication to The Beach. During the Homecoming weekend alumni reception this year, classmates gathered to present a plaque and the donation to the school and share memories of their days at Country Day.
We are excited to announce that registration for CCDSummer 2023 is now open! CCDSummer offers a variety of fun activities for your children led by experienced educators, coaches, staff, and camp partners.
Peter Fossett `80 recently took on the role of associate director of alumni and legacy giving but, he is a familiar face on campus. He was a student from 8th grade through senior year and joined the faculty in 2000. He taught American history and government for 22 years and was a Country Day parent along the way.
We are proud to announce that 38 students were presented with Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.
On February 1, three student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level.
New students for the school year
Class of 2022 recognized by National Merit or other national recognition programs
Countries represented in our student body
Parents, grandparents, and special guests attended the lower school Halloween parade
Marshmallows roasted during the freshman s'mores party
Views of the Instagram video regarding the girls soccer team winning state.
Middle School students participating in outdoor wellness classes
Service hours performed Upper School students on community service day