About IDS


The Independent Day School is an Early Childhood – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30  minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The Independent Day School is committed to discovering, cultivating, and celebrating diversity in its many forms throughout our community and seeks to foster an atmosphere of personal and cross-cultural curiosity. Visit our webpage on diversity, equity, and inclusion for more information. 

Quick facts about IDS
  • Co-ed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school 
  • Students come to IDS from 29 Connecticut towns 
  • Student population: 130 
  • Dedicated, highly educated faculty 
  • Students of color represent 31% of the enrollment 
  • 33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens 
  • Parent participation is encouraged