Charleston Day School

Charleston Day School

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Charleston Day School is located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, where students in grades K-8 are challenged, inspired and engaged each day.

Welcome to Charleston Day School! We are a unique school, serving students in grades K-8 on an urban campus located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Our student body of approximately 255 students thrives in this personal environment where all the students and faculty members know one another. Charleston Day focuses on the primary, elementary and middle school years, and our pro

Photos from Charleston Day School's post 06/21/2021

Beginning in Kindergarten, every Charleston Day student receives art instruction weekly. 👩🏼‍🎨 The lower school grades focus on learning and exploring art with art history, painting, drawing, sculpting, collage and printmaking. The middle school art program builds year after year, with each eighth grader graduating with a strong portfolio consisting of still lifes, portraits, landscapes and other works.

In the 2020-2021 school year, in order to follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols, special area teachers came to their students' homerooms, pushing carts with supplies. This new challenge brought with it a unique opportunity--offering digital art with Adobe Photoshop to the 7th and 8th grades while students in grades K-6 practiced traditional visual arts. Enjoy the 2020-2021 middle school art showcase as well as a video of the making of the 8th grade mural 🎨 by visiting our online gallery at https://cdsart.online .
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 06/17/2021

CDS Summer Camps were awesome! 🎉. Kudos to everyone who helped make it happen, from our amazing instructors to the happy campers and Mr. Getter, for his care and administration. We are so pleased to have been able to come together in person for boat-building, STEM activities, crafts, sports and more! Visit our Summer Camp page on our website to view more photos from these two great weeks. https://www.charlestondayschool.org/summer-camp/
See you next year at CDS Summer Camp!
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Timeline Photos 06/15/2021

As the Piccolo Spoleto Festival wraps up in Charleston, we wanted to share one more look at the beautiful 2021 poster with artwork created by Charleston Day School art teacher Kate Hooray Osmond, "A Song of Charleston." In an Instagram post to unveil the poster artwork, she noted, “This painting came straight from my heart as a love letter to my town. I’ve been waiting over a year to share it.”

We love that our city, Charleston, SC, celebrates the arts!

Kate Hooray Osmond is an award-winning American painter and installation artist based in Charleston, SC. She earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. She was named the State Fellow for South Carolina by the SouthArts Commission and Lowcountry Artist of the Year.

Piccolo Spoleto was launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs as a companion festival to Spoleto Festival USA. The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings.

@katehoorayosmond @piccolo_spoleto

As the Piccolo Spoleto Festival wraps up in Charleston, we wanted to share one more look at the beautiful 2021 poster with artwork created by Charleston Day School art teacher Kate Hooray Osmond, "A Song of Charleston." In an Instagram post to unveil the poster artwork, she noted, “This painting came straight from my heart as a love letter to my town. I’ve been waiting over a year to share it.”

We love that our city, Charleston, SC, celebrates the arts!

Kate Hooray Osmond is an award-winning American painter and installation artist based in Charleston, SC. She earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. She was named the State Fellow for South Carolina by the SouthArts Commission and Lowcountry Artist of the Year.

Piccolo Spoleto was launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs as a companion festival to Spoleto Festival USA. The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings.

@katehoorayosmond @piccolo_spoleto

CDS 2020-2021 A Year Like No Other 06/11/2021

CDS 2020-2021 A Year Like No Other

As we close the door on the 2020-2021 school year, there is a sense of accomplishment and gratitude in our Charleston Day School community. What seemed impossible a year ago, in-person learning for every student, was made possible, and successful, through the hard work, dedication, and partnership of our entire community—faculty, staff, families, students and CDS supporters. This was a "year like no other" when traditions continued and innovations abounded. There has never been a prouder moment to be a Scorpion. Thank you.
https://youtu.be/Mbjug5R2dzk

CDS 2020-2021 A Year Like No Other As we close the door on the 2020-2021 school year, there is a sense of accomplishment and gratitude in our Charleston Day School community. What seemed impos...

Timeline Photos 06/10/2021

Please vote for Charleston Day School as the "Best Private School" in the Post & Courier's 2021 Charleston's Choice Awards. The deadline for first round voting is June 13th. Thanks to all who voted, we won the category last year! 🏆 Let's do it again!

http://pnccontests.secondstreetapp.com/ChasChoice_2021/gallery/283557959/
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Please vote for Charleston Day School as the "Best Private School" in the Post & Courier's 2021 Charleston's Choice Awards. The deadline for first round voting is June 13th. Thanks to all who voted, we won the category last year! 🏆 Let's do it again!

http://pnccontests.secondstreetapp.com/ChasChoice_2021/gallery/283557959/
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 06/08/2021

CDS Summer Camps - Boatbuilding with the Lowcountry Maritime School! 🚣🏼 This week, campers are constructing a nearly 12-foot long wooden skiff. They are learning boatbuilding skills, the math and science behind boatbuilding, as well as cooperation, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. When it's complete, students will launch their newly-constructed skiff at Colonial Lake! We can't wait to see them set sail. @lowcountrymaritime⁠
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 06/07/2021

CDS Summer Camps are in session! ☀️ As we begin week 2, here are a few photos from last week's camps. Our campers were curious craft masters, builders, inventors and basketball players. This week, we welcome players to our multi-sport camp, fencers, STEM whiz kids, boatbuilders and chefs. Here's to another week of our CDS campus filled with happy campers!

Photos from Charleston Day School's post 06/03/2021

CDS Day of Service 2021 🖐🏽- Last week, as part of their annual Day of Service, Charleston Day students were visited by representatives from Roper Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Camp Happy Days who talked with them about their organizations and the types of service they provide. The day began with a word of encouragement from Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg. Students made cards of gratitude and support for the Healthcare Heroes who work at Roper Hospital and then went home to serve in their communities. By the end of the day, students had performed 273 acts of service--donating food and clothing, doing chores for neighbors and cleaning up our environment! To view more photos, visit https://www.charlestondayschool.org/cds-2021-day-of-service/

Timeline Photos 06/01/2021

We are pleased to present our graduates of the Class of 2021! 🎓 Wishing you all a happy summer.
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We are pleased to present our graduates of the Class of 2021! 🎓 Wishing you all a happy summer.
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/27/2021

COMMENCEMENT 2021 🎓 Today we welcomed 32 new alumni to Charleston Day School! The morning began with a warm faculty street-lined send off as our graduates took a trolley to the Sottile Theater. There, our students were recognized individually by Head of School Judith Foley Arnstein and received their diplomas. Class president Jack J. gave a moving speech about this class and this year together. Family and friends were beaming with joy and pride at these students' accomplishments and made their way over the to garden behind the Gibbes Museum of Art for a luncheon. What a beautiful way to end the 2020-2021 school year at Charleston Day School! 🎉
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/26/2021

In a year when life was anything but normal, it's so wonderful to see traditions live on! 🖌️ The CDS 8th graders revealed their collaborative class painting at our final Assembly this morning, and these artists chose to paint themselves in a special place. One of their favorite memories this year was being able to walk off campus to go to lunch, so they put themselves at the corner of King St. and Calhoun St. in front of the building that houses Moe's! @moessouthwestgrill
The painting will hang in the school for years to come...and we hope these students will come back and visit!!

To view a video of the "making of the mural" as well as an art showcase for CDS middle school 2020-2021, visit http://cdsart.online.
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/25/2021

The Kona ice truck served up cool fun in the sun this week for our students. 🍧
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/24/2021

t's here! 📖 The Scorpion CDS Yearbook 2021 was revealed after the sports assembly this morning. Dedicated to 4th grade teacher and CDS alum (Class of 1994) Ms. Kathy Hughes, the book was hand-delivered to the rest of the school by the 8th graders. Bigs and Littles then took some time to get together and enjoy the first look! 👏🏽 What a year! What a yearbook!⁠
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/21/2021

What better way to usher in summer than an end-of-the-year water party in 1st grade? 💦 Squirters, water balloons and so much sunny fun.☀️ Just one more week until summer break!
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/20/2021

4th grade's final review of research skills was a library breakout game! 🔐 To "rescue the librarian" and "escape the library," students had to choose research resources to crack codes and locks, using the knowledge they gained all year for atlases, encyclopedias, online databases and almanacs. There were also hidden clues with invisible ink to keep things interesting, and a sweet surprise when they broke out!
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Timeline Photos 05/19/2021

Congratulations to the CDS Class of 2021! Just one week until Commencement, and then these students will attend their secondary school of choice in the fall. Here's a list of their high school acceptances and (*) matriculation. Before the 8th grade year, Charleston Day School's Director of High School Placement, Mr. Andy Willits, works individually with each student and his/her family to find and prepare for the "right fit" for high school. Well done, students. We celebrate our 8th grade scholars! 🎓

Academic Magnet High School*
Asheville School
Ashley Hall*
Baylor School
Bishop England High School*
Christ School*
Episcopal High School*
First Baptist Church School
Foxcroft School
James Island Charter - IB
Lucy Garrett Beckham High School*
McCallie School*
Oceanside Collegiate Academy
Palmetto Christian Academy
Porter-Gaud School*
St. Andrew’s
St. George’s School
Taft School*
Woodberry Forest School*
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Congratulations to the CDS Class of 2021! Just one week until Commencement, and then these students will attend their secondary school of choice in the fall. Here's a list of their high school acceptances and (*) matriculation. Before the 8th grade year, Charleston Day School's Director of High School Placement, Mr. Andy Willits, works individually with each student and his/her family to find and prepare for the "right fit" for high school. Well done, students. We celebrate our 8th grade scholars! 🎓

Academic Magnet High School*
Asheville School
Ashley Hall*
Baylor School
Bishop England High School*
Christ School*
Episcopal High School*
First Baptist Church School
Foxcroft School
James Island Charter - IB
Lucy Garrett Beckham High School*
McCallie School*
Oceanside Collegiate Academy
Palmetto Christian Academy
Porter-Gaud School*
St. Andrew’s
St. George’s School
Taft School*
Woodberry Forest School*
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Photos from Charleston Day School's post 05/18/2021

This beautiful morning on the terrace, CDS 3rd graders presented a donation of $1600 to the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! Barbara Rivers and Heather Perkins shared many interesting facts about @musckids, and the students were all ears. Each year, CDS third graders participate in their annual Read-a-Thon in which friends and family sponsor the students to read over the course of a week. This year, they raised over $12,000, benefitting 8 charities. Well done, third grade! What a great group of readers!
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Our Story

Welcome to Charleston Day School! Each of us in the Charleston Day School community is pleased to introduce you to our school. We serve students in grades Kindergarten-8 on an urban campus located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Our student body of 257 students thrives in this personal environment where all the students and faculty members know one another. Charleston Day focuses on the primary, elementary and middle school years, and our program prepares students for the eventual challenges of high school, college, graduate school, and life.

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15 Archdale Street
Charleston, SC
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Relationships are at the core of the Charleston Day School experience—between students and teachers, and among peers actively engaged in the pursuit of academic excellence. Small class sizes and exceptional teacher-student ratios enable our educators to help children take intellectual risks, develop confidence in their abilities, and shape their identities as individuals.
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