Country Day School Campus
The Country Day School campus is set on 17 acres of wooded parkland in the Fox Chapel Borough. The beautiful campus grounds include a main building with a gymnasium and plenty of outdoor spaces for the children to play and learn, including a large playground, athletic field, educational garden and outdoor classroom.
Country Day School classes are not limited by their four walls. Teachers utilize our 17-acre campus to take lessons outside, where students can engage with nature and explore the world around them. On any given day, you’ll find students discovering insects, flowers and birds in our treehouse and outdoor classrooms, enjoying recess on the playground, having PE class on the field or planting seedlings in the garden.
Treehouse & Outdoor Classrooms
Nestled in the woods, Country Day's treehouse classroom and outdoor classroom provide year-round outdoor learning spaces for our students. Classes in all academic disciplines utilize these spaces daily for academic instruction. The treehouse classroom is the only one of its kind in Western Pennsylvania and features a 12x20-foot enclosed classroom, a 30x30-foot observation desk and a suspension bridge to a lookout platform.
Outdoor time for exploration and play is a daily part of the student experience. Every day (weather permitting), students enjoy two daily scheduled outdoor recess periods, where they have the chance to partake in unstructured, supervised play. Free play allows students to recharge their minds and stretch their legs. Only in the case or severe and unsafe weather is recess moved indoors.
Down the hill from the main school building you’ll find our grass field, which is utilized during all seasons of the school year for a variety of outdoor activities. Students enjoy using the field for everything from physical education classes all year long, to soccer games in the fall, to sled riding in the winter, to our annual field day in the spring.
A gift from the fifth grade class in 2016, this U-shaped outdoor garden bed was created to allow students to grow plants and flowers in a controlled area. The school garden is incorporated into the Academy's SSA Farm curriculum. Learn more about the SSA Farm.