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CDS Fifth and Sixth Graders study the density of fluids, energy transformations, and KMT (Kinetic Molecular Theory). Their culminating project for this particular learning—building hot air balloons out of tissue paper. The students witnessed how molecules gain kinetic energy when thermal energy is added, causing them to move apart from each other, which makes them less dense. In other words, they launched their balloons! They sailed over our 9-acre campus, some flying for 600 feet.

Every day, each of our students work—both individually and in groups—in the core areas of language arts, social studies, math, science, and physical education. The hands-on learning that we encourage throughout our program, coupled with our expert faculty’s commitment to personalization, touches every child in a personal way.

We encourage our students to develop and follow their passions; challenge them in areas they love; and support them in areas that need development. We focus on the whole child, fostering the myriad connections that we know are forming in these early elementary years. We also support and stretch their learning with exposure to Spanish, MakerSpace, Art, Music, and Library.


Our students receive significant exposure to each core subject every day, a fact that sets CDS squarely apart from its peer schools.


Our language arts, social studies, math, and science curricula are taught by subject matter experts who are passionate about their disciplines and our students. CDS students receive exposure to each core subject every day, a fact that sets CDS squarely apart from its peer schools.

Our low student-to-teacher ratios enable us to provide a highly personalized, premier preparatory experience throughout our program.

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