About IDS

At a Glance

General Information

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  • Type of school

    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.

    Co-ed, non-profit, and non-sectarian day school, private pre-school, elementary and middle school
  • Accredidations

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  • 1961

    Year Founded
    • original building

      original building



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
    • Preschoolers burning off energy by running up a hill

      Preschoolers burning off energy by running up a hill

    • Classroom of the Future

      Classroom of the Future

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  • Location

    Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Hartford and New Haven, about 1 mile northeast of Lyman Orchards

Student Body

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  • 162

    Total Enrollment
  • 10

    Early Childhood
    Average class size
  • 15

    Lower School
    Average class size
  • 14

    Middle School
    Average class size
  • 29

    IDS families call home.
  • 20%

    Students of Color
    African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian-American, Middle Eastern American, and multiracial children currently represent 20% of the enrollment.
  • 51%

    Financial Assistance
    In the 2017/18 school year, more than half of
    IDS students received Financial Assistance.

Beyond the Core Curriculum

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  • Athletics

    Physical Education for Beginners through 8th grade and a variety of intramural and interscholastic team sports
  • Spanish

    Students begin Spanish in Pre-K as part of a 10-year program
  • Technology

    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

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  • 55%

    of faculty hold advanced degrees

Beyond IDS

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  • 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.

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  • 800+


A Day at IDS

School Hours

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.

After school care available daily for all children until 6:00 p.m.

Class Times

Beginners attend 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, 8:00-3:20
6th-8th grades meet 5 days a week, 8:00-3:20