The Independent Day School


Where is IDS located?

IDS is conveniently located in Middlefield, Connecticut. We are within 30 minutes from the shoreline, New Haven and Hartford. An easy commute from Routes 9 and 91 makes IDS the school of choice for families from over 30 towns.

Our campus includes 33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardensincluding a pond, nature trails, two playgrounds, and fields for team sports. Still, we are only 10 minutes away from the city of Middletown and Wesleyan University, resources we use wisely to enrich our curriculum.

Do you have a Pre-School?

Yes, we have a Beginners (three-year-old) program, from 8:10 a.m.-12:00 noon, in which we offer a three or five morning a week option (depending upon openings.) We also have a Pre-K (four-year-old program), five mornings a week, from 8:10 a.m.-12:00 noon.   Beginners and Pre-K students can participate regularly or as needed in our Extended Day Program that includes lunch and runs from noon - 3:10.

Do you have a full day Kindergarten?

Yes, The Independent Day School has a full-day Kindergarten experience, 8:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. The program combines structure with flexibility. It is a balance of free-choice and more direct instruction. The program supports the children in the transition from Pre-K as they are guided in the development of beginning work skills and being resourceful in their learning.

Do you have care for IDS students before and after school?

Campus is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and care is available for students of all ages.

Before School Programs are for Beginners through grade eight. They run from 7:30-8:00 a.m. There is no fee for Before School care.

Beginners and Pre-K students may participate in our Extended Day Program from 12:00-3:10 and our After School Program from 3:10-6:00 p.m. for an additional fee.

Students in Kindergarten through grade eight may participate in our After School Program from 3:10/3:20-6:00 p.m. for an additional fee.

In addition to our After School Program, a variety of co-curricular activities are offered after school throughout the year.

What can you tell me about the size of IDS?

Intentionally small, IDS is a supportive, nurturing community. We are small enough to be nimble and innovative, yet large enough to offer our students outstanding academics and a full range of co-curricular experiences.

What can you tell me about diversity at IDS?

IDS welcomes students of all races, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American, Middle Eastern American, and multiracial children currently represent over 28% of the enrollment. Nearly 50% of students received financial aid for the 2016/17 school year. This diversity enriches our community and prepares children well for the world which awaits them.

When does Spanish begin?

World Language, a critical part of our curriculum, begins in Pre-K and continues through grade eight.

When does Science begin?

Teachers in our Pre-school foster interest in the natural world through daily opportunities for hands-on inquiry and experimentation. Beginning in Kindergarten, students travel to a kid-scaled lab to work with a Science teacher twice a week. Science class is a yearlong academic subject for every student in the middle school. Four days a week, these students work in another lab space designed especially for them.

Do you have athletics?

Yes, all students, including our three-year-olds, participate in the IDS Physical Education program. We are committed to keeping our children active and fit and we value Physical Education and team sports as outstanding opportunities for our students to learn about collaboration and sportsmanship. Various intramural sports are offered throughout the year. Beginning in sixth grade, our students compete with teams from other independent schools in soccer, cross country, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and golf. Ski club is open to students in all grade levels.

What opportunities are available in the Performing Arts?

Singing, playing instruments, and moving are an important part of preschool. Pre-K students also have music with the Kindergarteners once a week. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade work with a music specialist. Beginning in 4th grade and continuing through 8th, every IDS student learns to play an instrument and performs in our band. Fourth and fifth graders sing in a chorus. Optional performing groups include Middle School Chorus, Jazz Band, and Chamber Strings.

Each year, every class, Kindergarten through 5th grade, performs a play. Middle School students who want to work on acting skills participate in the fall Drama Club and those interested in technical theatre join the Tech Team. More than half of our Middle School students choose to be part of the annual middle school musical in the spring. Bi-weekly Theater Arts classes are a requirement in the middle school curriculum. After school, IDS students sing, play, and act at the Middlesex Academy for the Performing Arts (MAPA), our performing arts enrichment program. 

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