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Lower School

18 Months - Grade 4

The lower school at Cincinnati Country Day School serves elementary school age children, from 18 months to grade 4, and operates under the belief that every child is different. The program strives to partner with families to cultivate each child’s uniqueness. Our Lower School strives to meet the different needs of all of our families and students.


Early Childhood Center (ECC)

Our preeminent early childhood school in Cincinnati, Ohio emphasizes the development of the whole child. It is believed that children learn best when they are actively involved in a nurturing environment that is responses to their varying needs and focuses on their development - social, emotional, physical, and intellectual. Skills and abilities are promoted through developmentally appropriate, child-centered activities that allow each student to explore, investigate, communicate, and problem solve. Through this process, children develop a love of learning. 

Programming in our Early Childhood Center (ECC) is offered as three-, four-, or five-day options. The program is open to children 18 months to three years. 


The Montessori Room

The Montessori Room is a three-year program for children ages 3-6. 


Pre-K & Kindergarten

This is a three-year path that includes Pre-K I, Pre-K II, and Kindergarten.


GRade 1 - Grade 4

This section of Lower School, a top private primary school in Cincinnati, OH, emphasizes an increased love of learning through a variety of concrete, hands-on experiences. Increased independence, collaboration, self-exploration, self-discovery, risk taking, and more advanced reasoning/critical thinking skills are the hallmarks of our Lower School. The curriculum provides developmentally appropriate academic and social opportunities designed to nurture, challenge, engage, and inspire each learner.

Extended Day Programs

Country Day has a variety of programs that extend beyond the typical school day to help meet the demands of busy families. These programs include Extended A.M., Lunch Option, Extended P.M., Learning Lab, After School, and Enrichment Clubs.

For more information, please visit our Extended Day Programs page.



Grades: Early Childhood (18 months) - Grade 4
Students: 340
Faculty/Staff: 62
Average class size: 10 or less for younger children; 15 for grades K-4)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1 for children up to age 3; 9:1 or 10:1 for ages 3 and 4; 9:1 for children 5 and above
Division Head: Mark Morawski
Contact: (513) 979-0229

For the Lower School Handbook and Curriculum Guide, visit the Enrolled Students page under the Lower School tab.

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