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Character Development

These are the skills that researchers consistently find are the “difference that makes a difference” in college and career readiness — and life in general.

Character Development

At CDS, we believe that — in addition to academic excellence — a person’s character is equally central to his or her success in secondary school and beyond. This emphasis is infused and encouraged throughout our program. From the behavior modelling that occurs naturally in our mixed-aged Montessori classrooms to the Sixth Graders’ solo hosting of our weekly morning gatherings, CDS provides countless opportunities for personal growth and development. The independence and continual feedback our culture offers empowers their evolution as young people — who admissions directors at the area’s top secondary schools repeatedly and regularly call “great kids.”

As a community, we learn about and promote a group of character traits throughout the course of the year. We not only talk about these qualities but practice living them and recognizing them in ourselves and others. No matter where you look at CDS, you will see these traits in action:



Second Graders Petition to Launch Initiative Club



At a recent all-school Morning Gathering, our Second Graders presented the character trait of initiative to our community. And they exemplified the trait by launching a brand new “CDS Initiative Club,” a group they proposed in order to "inspire the CDS Community to take initiative and make the school more awesome.” They even introduced a club cheer! Read their full, six-page proposal to Mrs. Creeth and Mr. H. Now that’s initiative!
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