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.

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  • Location

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

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  • 1961

    Year Founded
    • original building

    • Proudly voted as the Best Private School by the Town Times Readers!



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

IDS Fast Facts

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  • 136

    Total Enrollment
  • 8

    Early Childhood
    Average class size
  • 14

    Lower School
    Average class size
  • 12

    Middle School
    Average class size
  • 29

    IDS families call home.
  • 25%

    Students of Color
    Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian-American, Middle Eastern American, and multiracial children currently represent 25% of the enrollment.
  • 53%

    Financial Assistance
    In the 2020/21 school year, more than half of
    IDS students received Financial Assistance.
  • 62%

    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 Half Day, 8:10-12:00/ Beginners Full Day, 8:10-3:10
Pre-K, 8:10-3:10
Early Childhood (K-2nd Grades), 8:10-3:10
Lower School (3rd-5th Grades), 8:00-3:20
Middle School (6th-8th Grades), 8:00-3:20