At Country Day School, we promote purposeful play, encourage curiosity and build a foundation for success.

Country Day School

CDS senior pre-K student and teacherShady Side Academy Country Day School in Fox Chapel serves a coed population of approximately 160 elementary school students from pre-kindergarten (age 3) through grade 5. Our spacious 17-acre wooded campus is located in the Fox Chapel suburb of Pittsburgh.

We provide a nurturing environment, age-appropriate curriculum, small class sizes and a wide variety of classroom and outdoor activities to inspire happy, active learners.

Warmth and Wisdom

Beautiful woods and rolling hills surround our charming red-brick school house, which is filled with bright, spacious classrooms – the perfect learning environment. We purposefully maintain an intimate environment and relaxed atmosphere. We strongly believe that our small class sizes allow every child to be cared for by every faculty member on their educational journey. Within each classroom, teachers engage children as active participants in their learning.

Cultivating Responsibility

Our community is dedicated to teaching children how to care for and respect each other. We begin this process with our youngest students and continue guiding them as they move through the elementary grades. Teachers and parents work as a team to provide a caring, responsive and empathetic environment for children.

Our location, size and sense of community are all vital aspects to our school; however, it is our joyful approach to learning that makes Country Day School such a unique educational environment. Visit us and see for yourself!

A Day in the Life of Country Day School

Country Day School Photo Tour

CDS Earth Detective Unit


As part of their Earth Detective unit, students make inferences about petrified wood, rocks and fossils they find in the woods on campus, connecting these discoveries with concepts learned in the science classroom.