The Independent Day School is a co-educational private pre-school, elementary and middle school. The school is located on rolling hills in the countryside of Middlefield. Since its founding in 1961, families of diverse racial, religious and social backgrounds have come from 30 surrounding communities, including Cromwell, Durham, Glastonbury, Guilford, Haddam, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland, and Wallingford, to experience a challenging curriculum in a warm, supportive environment.
Type of school
Co-ed, non-profit, and non-sectarian day school, private pre-school, elementary and middle school
Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Member of the CT Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Hartford and New Haven, about 1 mile northeast of Lyman Orchards
33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens including a pond, Nature Trail, two playgrounds, and fields for team sports; buildings include a performing arts center, two science labs, a library, an art studio, and a gymnasium
Preschool (age 3) through Eighth Grade
Campus is open 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Morning care is available free of charge daily from 7:30-8:00.
Beginners attend 3 or 5 days a week, 8:10-12:00
Pre-K meets 5 days a week, 8:10-12:00
K-2nd grades meet 5 days a week, 8:10-3:10
3rd-5th grades meet 5 days a week, 8:10-3:20
6th-8th grades meet 5 days a week, 8:00-3:20
After school care available daily for all children until 6:00 p.m.
Average Class Size by Division
- Early Childhood - 10
- Lower School - 15
- Middles School - 14
41% of students receive financial aid in the 2014/15 school year
Students of Color
African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian-American, Middle Eastern American, and multiracial children currently represent 20% of the enrollment.
27, 55% hold advanced degrees
Physical Education for Beginners through 8th grade and a variety of intramural and interscholastic team sports
Students begin Spanish in Pre-K as part of a 10-year program
A fully connected campus, maintaining a high-speed Ethernet network and Internet connection, Macintosh OS X systems across campus, computers in all classrooms, a fully equipped technology lab, a wireless mobile lab, projectors and interactive whiteboards
Secondary School Placement
IDS graduates are welcomed at outstanding secondary schools including independent schools, parochial schools, and public schools. In the past three years, 34% of our students have attended independent boarding secondary schools, 24% have attended independent day secondary schools, 28% have attended parochial schools, and 13% have attended public schools.
Matriculation – Sample of last 3 years
- Choate Deerfield Loomis Chaffee
- Taft Xavier Westminster
- Hotchkiss Governor’s Miss Porters
- Hopkins Westover Avon Old Farms
- Milton Middlesex Concord Academy
- Salisbury Mercy Kingswood Oxford
- Watkinson Hall Hamden Hall
- Canterbury Notre Dame The Gunnery
- Suffield Chase Guilford
- Williams Williston Northport
- Pomfret Coginchaug Emma Willard
- Cate School Millbrook Cheshire Academy
- Forman Hall Laurence Academy
Participation is encouraged.